BOOMERANG BEACH, GREAT LAKES (Friday, 16 June 2017): The HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat continued to steamroll through heats today in pristine conditions with competitors eager to bypass the do-or-die requalification rounds.
1988 Pipeline Masters Champion and multiple Australian Indigenous Title holder Robbie Page (Verges Creek) put on a dominant display of powerful rail surfing in the Over-45 Men’s division, to post the highest heat total of the event so far, 17.00 (out of a possible 20 points). Page proceeded to back up the stellar heat total, notching up a 15.33 total in the Over-50 Men’s divisions for an eclectic mix of giant forehand turns. As a result sealed himself into the quarterfinals in both aforementioned divisions.
Using his trademark flow, former Australian Champion Glenn Pringle (Cronulla) posted an impressive 16.06 heat total to claim his opening Over-45 Men’s heat and cement his position straight into the quarterfinals.
Fellow Cronulla ripper, Ricky Marshall (Cronulla) joined Pringle in the winners circle posting a 14.67 heat total his Over-40 Men’s round one heat. Marshall knocked out a chain of giant backside hits to post the score and book himself a position into the quarterfinals.
2017 is the sixth year running the HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles Presented by Mobys Beachside Retreat has been held in the Great Lakes region.
Competition will commence each day at 7:30am with the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
Divisions for the event include: Over 35 Men, Over 35 Women, Over 40 Men, Over 45 Men, Over 50 Men, Over 55 Men, Over 60 Men and Open Single Fin.
Mobys Beachside Retreat will host a free dinner for competitors on Friday, 16th June as well as the Sunday afternoon presentations.
Mobys Beachside Retreat will also be the official event venue for accommodation. Deals and packages are available for competitors.
The HIF NSW Surfmasters Titles Presented by Moby’s Beachside Retreat is proudly supported by HIF, Mid Coast Council, Great Lakes Tourism, Moby’s Beachside Retreat, Toyota, Mothernest, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, NBN, and Surfing NSW.
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Editorial & photo credit: Ethan Smith, Surfing NSW