Stocky natural-footer used his powerful frame to throw around his nine-foot plus board
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 August, 2017 - The elder divisions in the Australian Longboard Titles got their moment to shine today when the event resumed in shifty two foot peaks at Cabarita.
Former Australian Champion Jason Livingston (Curl Curl, NSW) showed the same skills that had bagged him a title in previous years, taking a win in the opening exchanges in the Over-40 and Over-45 Men’s division. The stocky natural-footer used his powerful frame to throw around his nine-foot plus board with ease, posting an impressive 14.20 two-wave heat total in the 40s and an 11.75 total in the 45s.
Other Over-40 Men’s round one winners included: Ben Dickens (Lennox Head, NSW), Nigel Canterbury (Grange, Qld) and local surfer Ben Johnson (Pottsville, NSW).
Hayden Swan (Noosa, Qld) and John Schmidenberg (Emerald Beach, NSW) managed to replicate Livingston’s dual division heat wins with both surfers taking out their opening exchanges in the Over-45 and Over-50 Men’s division. Swan put on a consistent display of powerful frontside carves and snaps, while Schmidenberg relied on his free-flowing backhand prowess. Both surfers will skip the repechage round and seal a position straight into the quarterfinals.
Neil Thompson (Trigg, WA) was the remaining round one champion in the Over-45 Men’s division, posting a respectable 12.00 heat total to cement his spot in the quarters.