Kingscliff air artist the best
KINGSCLIFF surfer Asher Pacey was $2000 richer yesterday after eclipsing a world-class field to take out the Aerial Invitational surfing event at the Casuarina Festival yesterday.
An estimated 150 people watched as Pacey charged home in the lumpy, one metre-plus waves, landing two big aerial manoeuvres to haul in Gold Coast flyboy Dion Aguis who had set the standard early in the winner-take-all finale.
Pacey finished with 11.93 out of a possible 20 points, a mere one-tenth of a point clear of Aguis (11.83) with world qualifying series competitor James Lewis (10.3) third.
Sunshine Coast surfer Dave Reardon-Smith was fourth ahead of Coolangatta's former world aerial champion Josh Kerr with Byron Bay's Craig Warton rounding out the field.
In the women's invitational event, Gold Coaster Sheridan Shields, a finalist at the world surfing games in Ecuador earlier this year, edged out Kingscliff teenager Stephanie Gilmore to claim the $2000 prize purse. Former world championship tour professional Jodie Cooper finished third ahead of Renee Hyman.
Cabarita surfer Ray Gleave took the cash in the longboard event, beating Coolangatta rival Wayne Deane.
Lucas Proudfoot, from Cabarita, had to settle for third ahead of fellow world tour competitor Jackson Close.
In the junior division, Suffolk Park ripper Eli Colby topped the standings ahead of Kingscliff teen Brad King.