Pottsville's Ben Proudfoot, now studying in WA, recently won pro longboard final at the annual Whalebone Classic held at Cottesloe.
Pottsville's Ben Proudfoot, now studying in WA, recently won pro longboard final at the annual Whalebone Classic held at Cottesloe. Sean McKeown / Tweed Daily News

Proudfoot claims his first victory

POTTSVILLE'S Ben Proudfoot, who has been living in West Australia for the last five years, won his first pro longboard final at the annual Whalebone Classic held at Cottlesloe.

The younger brother of former world professional longboarder, Lucas Proudfoot now well-known as part of the Band Max Judo, Ben dominated the pro division and placed third in the old mal and right in front of his proud parents who flew over to the west especially to watch their son take the winning honours.

The Proudfoots are a super-talented family who love the surf, music and football.

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  • Well done to Richo and the Alley Boardriders winning the inaugural Sarcoma Teams challenge at Palm Beach last Sunday.

“It's been a long while since the Alley has had a win!” said a super stoked Mark Richardson who is the president of the Alley boardriders.

“The Alley came so close to winning the Kirra Teams event in 2004 and finished fourth in '07. We think we have just turned the corner and should start seeing some of the younger guys come thru.”

The Alley won from MNM in second, Palm Beach third, Kirra fourth and Burleigh fifth.

The Alley team consisted of u/14's Jake Morrison and Jacob Charteris, u/16's Will Morrison, Hayden Welch and Mitch Ellis, u/18's Luke Hanson and Dylan Bedford, Open's Lawson Hayles, Jaiden Elgey and Adam Munro, O/28's Adam Leslie and Craig Warren, O/35's Trevor Webber and Richo, O/40's Paul Barnett, O/50's Brendan Trevakis and coaches Blair Semple, Richo and Samba Mann.

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  • ONCE again Jamie Mitchell has smashed the Molokai to Oahu 32 mile Hawaiian paddle knocking up his eighth win in a row.

The full-on waterman, who does all types of water sports including big wave tow-ins and stand up paddle board surfing, is unofficially the greatest ocean paddler ever.

He is the Kelly Slater of ocean paddling and not even Kelly has eight titles in a row.

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  • RAINBOW Bay's Dane Pioli has suffered a first round loss at the World Professional ASP Longboard titles held at Akabane Beach, Japan. The three times winner of the Malfunction was competing for the first time at the world level and was taken out by Brazilian Eduardo Bage. Hawaii's Bonga Perkins, a previous WC and defending world champ will be the man to beat!

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  • IF you're checking the surf at Duranbah Beach this Sunday, also check out some of the local artists, photographers, musicians and indigenous culture all helping to raise money for the Point Danger Volunteer Marine Rescue volunteers and the Sunday event, the 'Vibe on the Hill' is supported and organized by Café Dbar!



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