Yamba surfing champions crowned
YAMBA longboarder Frank Murphy is among handful of new champions crowned at the NSW Longboard Titles.
Competitors of all ages duked it out in solid 1-2-1.5m peaks at Pippi Beach yesterday in an attempt to claim a state title.
Murphy flew the flag for the local surfing contingent, taking out the Under-18 Boys with consistent heat scores in excess of 12 out of a possible 20 points, over the course of his dual finals.
Fellow Yamba surfer Clancy O'Neil put on a stellar performance, but was ultimately pipped at the post by Murphy who had a higher accumulative total.
Murphy backed up this performance by taking the Under-18 Boys' Logger title from Byron Bay's Jay Whyatt, who nabbed second place.
Whyatt turned it on in the Under-16 Boys' division to deny O'Neil of a second chance at a title.
O'Neil came second, followed by Reed Smith (Nashua) and Yamba's Jordan Elabbasi.
In the Under-18 Girls, last year's NSW Longboard Champion Lily Ellis - a 16-year-old from Wooloweyah - came third in blisteringly hot field which saw Port Macquarie longboarder Sarah Willock latch onto multiple long right-handers over both finals, resulting in an array of winning scores.
The Over-40 Men's Logger title was won by Eastern Sydney goofy-footer Terry Day, from Coogee, who performed an eclectic mix of traditional turns to post two wave scores in the mid-to-high range to claim the title ahead of Kingscliff resident Tony Abood, who finished second. Yamba's Trevor Skinner came third.
The competition will continue at one of Yamba's beaches from 7.30am today.
For more information, phone the event hotline on 0458 247 212.