Sport

Triple treat at surfing titles

Newly crowned Australian longboard champion Jackson Close admires the view at Greenmount Beach. Close used his surfing nous to ensure he snared the best waves at North Haven to claim the title.
Newly crowned Australian longboard champion Jackson Close admires the view at Greenmount Beach. Close used his surfing nous to ensure he snared the best waves at North Haven to claim the title. Blainey Woodham

THREE local surfers weaved their special brand of magic on boards at the Australian Surf Festival in Port Macquarie to snare national titles.

Tweed Heads' Beau Nixon and Shakira Westdorp, from Tugun, won the men's and women's stand-up paddleboard crowns at the festival, which is reserved for competitors in longboard, SUP board and short board categories.

Also grabbing top place on the medals dais was the coolest man on the waves, Coolangatta's Jackson Close, who reigned supreme in the longboard competition.

Close defended his Australian longboard title on North Haven beach, handing in superb efforts at his first and last rides in the final to claim the title from two of the best longboarders in the business, Darren O'Rafferty (Bonny Hills) and Sapphire Beach's New South Wales champion Jared Neal.

A determined Close was quick to secure a big score early, nailing an 8.00 with his opening

effort, which featured a big re-entry, and then he made a closing 7.35 ride to snatch victory.

"I'm so happy," Close said at the medals presentation. "I think I put too much pressure on myself this year to try to win it again and I was getting so nervous.

"Last night I was hoping that it wasn't a close-out shore break so it wasn't a lucky dip who got the waves and who didn't.

"I ended up getting my wish, so we were all in the one position and it all came down to picking them (waves), picking the right one that ran all the way.

"I'm just on top of the world. I feel great."

Nixon took his title against the most talented competitors in the country, including three Queenslanders who matched waves with him in the final - Sunshine Coasters Geoff Breen and Keahi De Aboitiz and Close, who was striving for a second national crown.

The three Queenslanders surfed solidly, but in the end a 7.5 after a big floater nudged Nixon to the front when it mattered most.

"I feel amazing. I've trained so hard for this event and I'm so glad I came away with a win. I'm over the moon right now," Nixon said.

Also over the moon was Westdorp.

"I'm stoked. The level of the girls' surfing has improved so much over the last couple of years and it's only going to get harder and harder, so to take it out over the other girls who have been ripping is great," said Westdorp, who defended last year's title.

Topics:  port macquarie



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Prime Tweed site sells at auction

SOLD: The old Rivers commercial retail building at 79-81 Wharf St sold at auction for $2.475 million recently.

Tweed development site sold at auction for $2.475 million

The magnificence of Fingal's sunrise

SPECTACULAR: The sun rising over Fingal Head Lighthouse.

Behind the Lens: sunrise at Fingal Head lighthouse

Local Partners

Convoy to go ahead amid protests by conservationists

POTTSVILLE residents will push ahead with their plan to stage a community march in support of a Men's Shed


REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

Bride and Prejudice: Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

Steve Price has threatened to quit the jungle.

Will camp ration clash with Keira cause Steve to call it quits?

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

New festival joins Quiksilver Pro party

Australian rockers the Rubens will headline the inaugural Cooly Beachfest at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta on March 18

Cooly Beachfest 2017 officially takes off

Prime Tweed site sells at auction

SOLD: The old Rivers commercial retail building at 79-81 Wharf St sold at auction for $2.475 million recently.

Tweed development site sold at auction for $2.475 million

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Top 6 infrastructure projects in the Tweed for 2017

The Gold Coast Airport is getting an upgrade.

Find out what's going in the Tweed.

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Waterfront luxury in Tweed

14 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads

Check out house of the week.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!