Time again for 'old boys' to shine

THE good ol' boys of Queensland will be pumped for the annual Print Point Surfing Masters on the weekend.

The first event of a three-part series hosted by Surfing Queensland will kick off on the Gold Coast for the evergreen salty sea dog legends and the swell forecast is encouraging with strengthening south winds and a rising ESE swell courtesy of an intensifying LP in the Coral Sea to be named TC Jasper and a big high pressure system below guaranteeing good quality waves.

The age categories include over-28 through to over-55 and finals will be held on Sunday.

One of the stars of the Print Point Masters is Mark “Richo” Richardson, a former dual national champion and now Australian Head coach for the up coming World ISA Junior titles to be held in Ecuador, South America from March 28 - April 4.

In 2004, Richo was runner-up in the World ISA titles almost claiming a World title at Ecuador and the same venue for the 09 World ISA Junior titles.

The surfing location known as Playa de Las FAE in Salinas beach has a long and perfect left-hand Point break which borders the Ecuadorian Air Force.

Richo ran into a bit of trouble with the local military when trying to sneak around the Point and beat his fellow opponents to the take-off point not realising that it was off limits.

After a brief altercation he managed to talk his way back to the contest break and that local knowledge will come in handy when he discusses strategy with the Australian junior team.

Australia has won 4 out of 6 WISA junior titles and has won the last three but for the first time, there are no Queenslanders in the Green and Gold notwithstanding coach Richo who lives at Palm Beach, and is the president of the Alley Boardriders.

However the Aussie team is predominantly stacked with NSW talent including Dean Bowen (Gerroa), Garrett Parkes (Byron Bay), Davey Cathels (North Narrabeen), Laura Enever (North Narrabeen) and Tyler and Kirby Wright (Genoa) and one lone West Australian Creed McTaggart.

Good Luck to Richo and the Team, Oi!Oi!Oi!

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