BIRUBI BEACH, PORT STEPHENS (Sunday, 2 May 2021): The 2021 NSW Longboard Titles saw a gigantic Saturday and Sunday of surfing action with all final longboard champions crowned.
Grant Ferguson (Long Jetty) shone in the Open Men’s final, taking out the coveted division. Ferguson saved one of his best performances until last as he smashed apart an array of playful lefthanders and finished the final with a 14.33 ahead of fellow Central Coast Johnnie Keith (Blue Bay) who finished in second by a slender 0.43 margin.
Blaze Roberts (Northern Beaches) ensured another title would head south to the northern beaches taking out the Open Women’s Logger division. Roberts was able to amass a respectable 12.96 two-wave heat total in the final to gain the victory ahead of runner-up Sam Walker (Manly).
Suellen Goyne (Corlette) nabbed a title for the local surfing contingent as she took out the Over-40 and Over-50 Women’s division. Goyne put on a stylish display of traditional manoeuvres in her two finals to claim the two wins.
Tom Payne (St. Huberts Island) made light work of the Open Men’s Logger final as he proceeded to post a solid 16.66 two-wave heat total to claim the win. Payne performed a handful of beautiful and stylish traditional turns and nose rides in the final to take the win ahead of Marlenn Guihot (Shortland).
Jason Livingston (Curl Curl) claimed his second title across the 2021 NSW Longboard Titles, taking out the Over-50 Men’s division. The northern beaches natural-footer – who also claimed the Over-45 Men’s final – showed he had plenty more in the tank as he notched up a 14.26 two-wave heat total to claim the elder division ahead of John Fraser (Dee Why).
All event results can be found here.
Over 170 competitors are expected to compete in the six-day Port Stephens Surf Festival, which will see longboards run from 29 April – 1 May and the SUP’s follow from 2 May – 4 May. The two-state title events will form the Port Stephens Surf Festival and decide the NSW Teams for the upcoming Australian SUP Titles and the Australian Longboard Titles.
2021 will replicate the format from previous years which engages a second chance format across all divisions. However, depending on the number of competitors, some divisions may be reduced to straight knockout. For the second time, Surfing NSW will be adding a fun-filled tag team event. Each team will be made up of four surfers. The team must be made up of one Junior (male or female) and at least one Over-40 competitor (male or female).
Historically, competitors have come from as far south as Tomakin and as far north as Tweed Heads to enter the event. The 2021 Port Stephens Surf Festival is proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Crest Café, Gildan, Port Stephens Council and Surfing NSW.