Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Sunday 2nd June, 2013: The State’s best longboarders have fought it out in the finals of the State titles for their chance to surf for Queensland at the Australian Titles in Port Macquarie later this year. Alexandra Headland turned on great waves for the second and final day of the event, offering long rides and plenty of scoring potential. It was a seesawing battle between the Gold and Sunshine Coasts with Burleigh’s Clinton Guest and Buderim’s Nic Jones in both the Blue Ribbon Open Men’s division, in which Jones claimed with a combined-wave total of 12.83 (out of possible 20 points), and Guest taking out the newly-formed Loggers division with a combined-wave total of 15.53. In the Open Women’s final it was Erin Dark (Tugun, QLD) who claimed honours with a combined-wave total of 11.56 over Leanne Gilkes (Buderim, QLD – 9.56), Kathryn Hughes (Currimundi, QLD -9.10), Jane Tranberg (Coolangatta, QLD – 4.54) and Yvette Kordick (Cotton Tree, QLD – 4.27). Both Nic Jones and Erin Dark home take home a new surfboard donated by South Coast Foam and Fiberglass and Harvey Surfboards for their Open division wins. The distribution of State Team places for this weekend’s divisions are as follows: U/18 Boys – Four U/18 Girls – Two Open Men – Six Open Women – Four O/35 Men – Three O/35 Women – Two O/40 Men – Three O/45 Men – Three O/50 Men – Three O/55 Men – Three O/60 Men – Three O/65 Men – One Loggers – Six Surfers will now head to Port Macquarie later in the year to surf for their chance to represent Australia at the World Longboard Titles. State Champions: Open Men: Nic Jones (Buderim, QLD) Open Women: Erin Dark (Tugun, QLD) Loggers: Clinton Guest (Burleigh Heads, QLD) Over 35 Men: Damian Coulter (Mountain Creek, QLD) Over 50 Men: Shane Holbourne (Tallebudgera, QLD) Over 40 Men: Mark McNamara (Currumbin, QLD) Over 35 Women: Leanne Gilkes (Buderim, QLD) Over 55 Men: Denis Carberry (Burleigh Heads, QLD) Under 18 Boys: Cody Coulter (Mountain Creek, QLD) Over 60 Men: Neville Smith (Ashgrove, QLD) Spectators and competitors are encouraged to interact via Instagram under the Hashtag #sqld Competitors and spectators can call the Surfing Queensland Event Hotline after 6:30am each morning of competition for a confirmed start time and location Ph# (07) 30306388 Stay tuned to www.surfingqueensland.com for news, photos and updates relating to the event. ‘Like’ Surfing Queensland on Facebook www.facebook.com/surfingqueenslandinc for event updates, photos and more. ‘Follow’ Surfing Queensland on Instagram: @surfingqueenslandinc #SQLD Blue-ribbon winners Clinton Guest (Loggers), Erin Dark (Open Women) and Nic Jones (Open Men). Photo Credit: Whitmore/Surfing Queensland]]>
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