Oldies show some classy form in Masters
By ANDREW McKINNON
FRESH back from Brazil after helping engineer Australia's reclaim of the World ISA junior title, super coach Mark "Richo" Richardson was applying his own competitive act in round two of the senior mens (over 28 years of age) in last weekend's Print Point Masters.
Richo scored the wave of the day in his semi, a 9.17 and then went on to dominate the final held in 4-5ft pumping waves at D-Bah.
"The standard of surfing was really high with guys hitting excellent scores in the 9 point range held in super fun waves," said a stoked Richo.
Other Gold Coasters to win included Mark "Trout" Troucnieks in the Over 40s, his training sessions with Eddie Valladares paying off to win a hard fought final.
Nerang's Michael Betts took out the 0ver 35s while the only Sunshine Coast win went to Peter Pringle in the 0ver 45s.
One of the most popular wins of the day was from Kirra Surfrider president Ray Helton taking out the grand masters finals (over 55 years).
Helto is soon to retire from his work at the tax office and will head off in a camper for a well-deserved surf safari break around Australia.
The third round of the Print Point Master will be on the Sunshine Coast in June 18.
THE second round of the Billabong QSS (an all girls series) will be on this weekend for the Billabong Winter Classic.
The event takes in seven categories from the blue ribbon open to all the ages categories masters, seniors, u/21, u/18s, u/16s and 14s.
Bilinga's WQS performer Sheridan Shields, currently rated 12th, will be looking to emulate her perfect 10 point tube ride from last year's event.
Tugun's Airini Mason, who placed fourth in the u/18 world ISA juniors in Brazil and has tied up the ASP Australasia junior girls ratings, will be a threat in the both the opens and u/18s.
Last year Airini totally dominated this event to win the opens, u/18 and u/16. The extremely talented girl originally from Gisborne, New Zealand moved to the Gold Coast with her surfing family in 2004.
OVER 200 of the nations best young surfers will descend on the Gold Coast in July to compete for the approval of Australia's most famous surfer, the rag- ing bull, Mark Occhilupo.
The four-day competition to be held at Duranbah from July 1-5, a break where Occy honed his trademark backside turns, will attract guys and girls aged 16 and under from as far away as Western Australia and New Zealand.
Entries for Occy's Grom Comp were officially full as of two months ago.