Tweed surfers rule the masters
TWEED surfers are dominating the men’s and women’s ASP World Championships, the boys’ and girls’ national grommet titles, and now the proud region can boast the best mature aged longboarders around too.
Completing a clean sweep across all divisions at the annual Maili Masters Longboard competition, Tweed’s finest saw off the challenges of some of the country’s best at Rainbow Bay at the weekend.
Banora’s Ian Pearson (over-45s), Cabarita’s Mike Pimm (over-50s), Murwillumbah’s Peter Becker (over-55s), Kingscliff’s Nev Smith (over-60s) and Currumbin’s Bob Henderson (over-65s) each reigned supreme in their respective divisions, with many of the place-getters also flying the flag for the Tweed.
However, the Tweed’s ultimate conquest came in the women’s Wahine division, where Banora’s Lisa Nicholson, Tweed Heads’ Sally Paxton and Banora’s Kirsty Webster filled the podium in the women’s inaugural event.
“Over 70 crusty old surf dogs battled the northerly conditions and the arch enemy, blue bottles, at Pensioner’s Point, over an exciting weekend’s surfing,” event organiser Sean McKeown said.
“No matter how demanding the conditions were, it was noticed that no one departed the contest early to go home and mow the lawn,” he said.
“Not only were the competitors getting on in years but so were some of the boards.”
Cameron Byram turned up from Brisbane with two 50s-style wooden surfboards – one 14ft and the other 20ft.
Not to be outdone, John Standing competed on a replica 1940s hollow board.
“In keeping with the nostalgia spirit of the event, an unidentified competitor even incurred the wrath of livesavers for surfing in the patrolled area during his heat.
“Apparently something that used to happen frequently in the 60s.”