Yamba long board surfer Lilly Ellis took out second place in the Open Women’s division at the NSW Open Longboard Championships held at Turners Beach, Yamba last week.
Lara Murphy (Woonoona, who won her second consecutive NSW Open Women’s Longboard, prevailed over Ellis.
Meanwhile, Harley Ingleby (Emarald Beach) showed why he’s a two-time world long board champion, smashing apart the playful waves to claim his second NSW title in as many years. Ingleby posted an excellent 17.17 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) to take a narrow victory over fellow professional long board surfer Jack Entwistle (Manly) by a 0.14 margin.
More than 150 surfers competed in the four-day event, which decided the male and female NSW Open Surfmasters Team and NSW Open Longboard Team for the 2016 Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour in August.
The festival was part of Clarence Valley Council’s Sports Tourism Program, and Council is a proud sponsor of the inaugural event.
Yamba Golf & Country Club served as the official social hub of the 2016 HIF Yamba Surfing Festival, which was also supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Clarence Valley Council, Toyota, Coastalwatch Plus, Solar D, Yamba Golf and Country Club, Carve, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.