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Angourie surfers flare

cvi   Three of Angourie Boardriders’ surfers have made the NSW team to compete at the Australian titles at Coffs Harbour on July 30 and 31. They were competing in the 2016 HIF Yamba Surfing Festival held at Turners Beach in Yamba over the weekend. The club’s best performer, Tahlia Redgard (15.26), was defeated by Cabarita surfer Sophia Fulton (18.33) in the open women’s final; while Jeames Young and Navrin Fox finished equal third and equal fifth respectively in the open men’s event. Chris Zaffis, who recently won a World Surf League (WSL) qualifying series (1,000) contest, was knocked out in round three, placing equal ninth. Former WSL (then known as the World Championship Tour) number three, Danny Wills (Byron Bay), was victorious, defeating Blake Levett (Manly). As part of his win, Wills will get the opportunity to return to WSL competition, thanks to a wildcard into the round of 96 at the 2017 Maitland and Port Stephens Toyota Pro. Sophia Fulton, who won a wildcard into the round of 48 at the Surfest Women’s Pro, was adjudged the winner of the HIF Wave of the Day award. Meanwhile, the open long board divisions competed over Monday and Tuesday (after the Independent went to press. The festival was a part of Clarence Valley Council’s sports tourism program. Yamba Golf & Country Club served as the official social hub for the festival. Blue Dolphin Holiday Resort donated a five-night, off-season holiday for a family of two adults and two kids. The Yamba Surfing Festival was proudly supported by HIF, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Clarence Valley Council, Toyota, Coastalwatch Plus, Solar D, Yamba Golf and Country Club, Carve, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.