Bell's Bonny Barrel at Australian Surf Festival

18 Aug 2011 0 Share

Bell's Bonny Barrel at Australian Surf Festival

Bell's Bonny Barrel at Australian Surf Festival

Bonny Hills Beach fired up for day five of the Australian Longboard Titles, with barrelling 3-4 foot waves on offer at Port Macquarie for the Australian Surf Festival.

Local knowledge proved valuable today with Port Macquarie’s Ian Bell Barrelling his way through the quarter finals and one step closer to the open men’s Longboard crown.

Opening up his assault in his heat with a few nice re-entries and hanging ten all the way to the shore, Bell set the bar high for his competitors.

What followed was an outstanding performance of nose rides, swift lay backs and a Barrel at Bonny Hills that had the crowd cheering and wanting more.

His 8.25 ride shot him into the lead and Mitch Surman (QLD), Jackson Winter (QLD) and Adam Lynch (VIC) had their work cut out to get in front, in what Bell described as a tough quarter final.

“The other guys surfed really well, its great to see these young kids surf and the competition has been tough this year, the title could be anyone’s”.

“After I got that good barrel I was feeling more confident and relaxed, so I could go into the next wave a bit looser, it just all rolled from there”, said Bell who watched the barrels forming early and netted not one but two great barrel rides.

“I had a bit of a sit down before my heat and worked out where I was going to sit, just stuck to the plan and it all came off. I didn’t think I was going to get two barrels, I saw a few out there before hand and was hoping to get one and to get two was really good”, said Bell.

Bells performance set a high standard for the rest of the day and current Australian champion Dane Pioli (NSW) and Jackson Close (QLD) were neck and neck in their quarter final heat, with Pioli taking the lead from the hooter and Close netting a solid 7 point ride in the final 20 seconds.

Bell, Pioli and Close move into the open men’s semi final, along with Ben Dickens (NSW) and Queensland surfers Nic Jones and Mitch Surman.

The high scores weren’t reserved for the open men’s as current Australian champion in the over 40 division Hayden Swan (NSW) opened up the days proceedings, winning his heat with impressive surfing which pushed him through to the finals with Western Australia’s Brett Merifield.

Wrapping up the over 40 men’s division was an exciting heat to watch, with Richard Smith (NSW), Glenn Ricketts (QLD) and Cameron Thompson (QLD) delivering a nail biting wave for wave battle for spectators.

Smith who placed 4th in last years Australian Longboard titles rode solidly to the end, cementing his place in the semi’s in the last 30 seconds. With an old school walk up the board after 2 big open face carves he finished the heat in style with a high 7.0 point ride.

Tomorrow will see the semi finals take place for all the age divisions as competition gets down to the business end of the Australian Longboard Titles.

The Australian Longboard Titles comprises of 11 divisions including the open men and women, under 18 boys and girls, O/35 men and women, plus the O/40, O/45, O/50, O/55 and O/60 men.

The festival isn’t just about the surfing; it will tickle the taste buds of entertainment buffs with live music, surf art, surfing education courses and the Essential Energy Indigenous Surfing Program confirmed for the two-week event.

One of Australia’s leading indigenous artists, Vernon Ah Kee has taken centre stage at the Glasshouse Regional Gallery with his Cant Chant Exhibition, which will opened during the festival waiting period.

Ah Kee is known for his incisive critiques of White Australian culture. In the Cant Chant exhibition he takes on the iconic subject of the beach and casts a critical eye on its special role in forming Australian identity.

Cant Chant includes surfboards painted with North Queensland rainforest shield designs as well as a video installation featuring dead boards (waterlogged surfboards) blasted by guns, and Aboriginal surfers.

As an added benefit to this year’s festival, an exciting live music program, including six shows, will be staged at the Blue Water Bar and Restaurant.

For more information about the Australian Surf Festival please visit –www.surfingaustralia.com

For the latest updates and live scores visit: www.australiansurffestival.com

The 2011 Australian Surf Festival is proudly presented by Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW and proudly supported by Events NSW, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, Blue Water Bar and Restaurant, Glasshouse Regional Gallery, Suncorp, VB, Australian Sports Commission, Coastalwatch, NBN Television, Port Macquarie News, Star FM, 2MC FM, Surfing World Magazine and Pacific Longboarder Magazine.

The Australian Surf Festival Program:

Australian Longboard Titles – 14-20 August, 2011

Australian Stand Up Paddleboard Titles – 21-24 August, 2011

Australian Surfmasters Titles – 21-27 August, 2011

Australian Alaia Titles - 24-27 August, 2011

Australian Single Fin Titles – 26-27 August, 2011

About Events NSW:

Events NSW, a part of Destination NSW is committed to developing and building a world class NSW Events Calendar. All events on the NSW Events Calendar including the Australian Surf Festival are exclusive to Sydney and NSW and deliver significant economic, marketing and community benefits to the State. Events NSW partners with both the public and private sector to deliver the best event experiences in Australia and the world.

www.eventsnsw.com.au

About Port Macquarie:

The NSW North coast – from the Hunter to the Northern Rivers, attracts over 60 per cent of all overnight trips during which visitors went surfing (source Tourism NSW). Port Macquarie is strategically located in the heart of this popular surf region. With our accessible surfing coastline for all skill levels, and our long established urban beach culture, we are in the perfect position to continue to grow our reputation as a premier surf destination, and securing the Australian Surf Festival for the next three years is testament to this.
www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au

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