Na Pa Australian Surf Master Titles

28 Aug 2008 0 Share

Goudie finding a rare wave in Semi Final

Goudie finding a rare wave in Semi Final

Finals day set to blow-up at Na Papa Australian Surfmasters
(Port Macquarie, NSW – Thursday, August 28 2008): 10 Na Papa Australian champions will be crowned tomorrow as the Country Energy Australian Surf Festival closes to an end.

Sadly South Australia's hopes of an Australian Champion fell down today with Todd Goudie missing out on a finals position. South Australian official judge Teriu Le'Mon said that it was a tough heat to be surfing in and it was lacking in consistency of surf.

"Goudie just has a bit of bad luck, he has been surfing so well this week however the conditions were tough and I think if the right waves had of come his way we'd see him in the finals, unfortunately that's not the case" Teriu said.

Surfing South Australia is extremely impressed and proud of the way that our compeitors have competed and conducted themselves through out this tournanment and hope that they enjoy the rest of their time away and have a safe journey back to SA.

There will be a release put on the web tomorrow from some free surfing sessions of our SA team, so keep an eye out.

Full daily news below:

In small conditions, semi-finals got underway as surfers battled feverously for a birth in the finals

Wayne Morrison (Port Macquarie, NSW) dominated his Over 35 Men’s semi-final today, as conditions deteriorated at Town Beach.

“Conditions were really tough out there today, but I got some good waves so I can’t complain,” Morrison said.

A Port Macquarie local, Morrison was on-fire today, relishing being able to surf in front of friends and family.

“It’s so awesome surfing at home,” he added.

“I’ve had so much support from the local community - it’s been great.”

Currently under the tutelage of current ASP World Tour surfer, and fellow local, Mick Campbell, Morrison is through to his first Na Papa Australian Surfmasters final.

“This is my best result ever at a Na Papa Australian titles,” Morrison admitted.

“To have made the final at home, I’m so stoked.”

Joining Morrison in the Over 35 Men’s division will be Scott Myers (Lake Mumorah, NSW), Jay Sharpe (Long Jetty, NSW) and Brett Bannister (North Narrabeen, NSW) – who scored the highest combined heat score of day five, with a 18.35 (out of a possible 20).

Featuring an eclectic combination of competitors, the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles sees surfers spanning all ages competing for 10 prestigious Na Papa national titles all set to be decided tomorrow.

Leah Wright (Western Australia) continued her impressive run in Open Women’s division, qualifying for the final with Lara Reading (Wallabi Point, NSW), Melissa Sherringham (Wamberal, NSW) and Jenny Boggis (Lennox Head, NSW).

In the Open Men, defending Na Papa Australian champion Matt Bemrose (Curl Curl, NSW) qualified for the final for the second straight year, where he’ll meet Trevor Tripcony (Gold Coast, QLD), Stephen Walsh (Lennox Head, NSW) and Dane Atcheson (Copacabana, NSW).

Former ASP World Tour surfer Toby Martin (Dee Why, NSW) was in red-hot form en-route to qualifying for the Over 28 Men’s final with Wayne Hudson (Port Macquarie, NSW), Gurt Du Preez (Sunshine Coast, QLD) and Joel Spillane (Long Reef, NSW).
As the competition heads towards the business end of proceedings tomorrow, be sure to log onto www.australiansurffestival.com for all information regarding the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles.

The website will feature a LIVE Event Broadcast with commentary and heat scores during the event as well as festival news, results, photo and video galleries.

The Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles are running from Sunday August 24 until Saturday August 30 2008.

The Country Energy Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by Country Energy, Events NSW, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Greater Port Macquarie Tourism, Oxbow, Na Papa Surfboards, Town Green Inn, Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, NBN, 2MC FM, Star FM, Sydney Weekender, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Australian Longboarding Magazine, Coastalwatch, Ocean and Earth, Saltwater Wine Surf Centres, The Little Brewing Company, the Mercure Centro Hotel, Rydges Hotel Port Macquarie, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.

About Country Energy

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Country Energy is one of Australia's largest energy providers.

With 142 customer and field service centres across New South Wales, as well as nine regional offices and four business centres, Country Energy manages Australia’s largest power supply network across 95 per cent of New South Wales’ land mass whilst offering retail electricity in five states and territories.

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