Ageless Mac dominates at Coolum
CURRUMBIN legend and Tweed Daily News columnist Andrew McKinnon is proving there's still plenty of surfing in those old legs.
The veteran carver backed-up his dominant performance in the finals of the Queensland Longboard Titles at Coolum Beach a fortnight ago with a runner-up finish at round two of the Queensland Masters Surfing Circuit on the Sunshine Coast over the weekend.
The strong westerly winds predicted did not eventuate, allowing Queensland's finest surfers aged over 28 to showcase their talent in the clean half metre conditions.
While it was Palm Beach's Peter Buckley who got the better of Mac in the over-55s final, it was Currumbin's Mark Richardson who was the stand-out surfer, claiming victory ahead of a strong field in the final of the blue ribbon over 28 men's division.
Richardson's radical surfing saw him post a combined final score of 16.07 (out of a possible 20) after a day of surfing methodically through his qualifying heats.
In the over 35's division it was Dean Hall who took out victory with a flawless display of surfing, blending 'old school' power with an arsenal of 'new school' manoeuvres.
It was also Richardson who took out the coveted “Tooheys wave of the weekend” with the highest score of the event (9.33).