Hot contest for Single Fin title
PALM Beach surfer Clint Kimmins has won this year’s Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic competition.
The event, held at the weekend, went ahead despite the wild and stormy surf conditions that were pounding Burleigh Point.
Kimmins battled for first place against Noah Lane from Burleigh Heads for half an hour before taking out the final.
It was a battle of stylish surfing and endurance, with contestants using historic surfboards more than 30 years old.
Well-known Mark “Occy” Occhilupo placed third in the event.
Burleigh Heads Boardriders secretary Terry Teece said the final was nail-biting.
“It was a really close-fought thing,” he said.
“Lane was in position to catch an event-winning wave with only one minute remaining but unfortunately the wave came five seconds too late.
“But 30 minutes is 30 minutes, and fair is fair.”
Both Lane and Kimmins were surfing their first final in the event.
The final wrapped up the 14th year for this iconic event and festival.
The inclement weather conditions did not stop people from turning up to watch the competition.
“It was a great weekend,” Mr Teece said.
“We raised money for charity and the Burleigh Boardriders Junior Development program.
“Even though on the Sunday it was terrible weather, there still would have been between 300 and 500 people watching the event at Burleigh Point.”
The next Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic competition will be held next year.