Champions tested in large swell at the Home Grain Bakery Longboard State Titles in Middleton
The Home Grain Bakery Longboard State Titles was concluded in large and powerful 4-6 feet surf at Middleton Bay on Saturday. The hyped up swell arrived in force and competitors faced some challenging conditions.
13 separate champions were crowned at the SA home of longboarding. The event that forms part of the annual Southern Surf Festival attracted a large field of surfers with hopes of qualifying for the Australian Titles in NSW later this year.
Seaford’s Craig Potgieter took the blue-ribbon Open Men’s final. “ I am stoked to have taken it out. The conditions suited me, it was good to have decent size surf”, said Potgieter. Coming in second was Adam Barley (Seaford), third was Tom Bowen (Seaford) and placing forth was Zac Drury (West Beach).
The Open Women’s Longboard division was hotly contested as usual. Finally it was Karen Riley (Aldinga) who took the coveted title followed by 2018 Longboard Surfer of the Year Erika Oemcke (Port Noarlunga South) with Ellen Watson (Port Noarlunga) placing third and and Catherine Seal-Yates (Goolwa) taking forth position. “I am really happy to have taken the title” said Riley, “Conditions were challenging”.
The Kym Nagler Open Mens Logger Title went to Adam Barley (Seaford) with Catherine Seal-Yates (Goolwa) taking the Open Women’s Logger Title.
All the divisions were hotly contested affairs with Craig Potgieter (Seaford) and Louise Kelly (Middleton) taking the Over 40’s Titles, the Over 50 Men’s went to Wayne Gurney (Marion Bay) . Taking out the Over 60 Women’s was Anna Markey (Goolwa) with John Amos (Goolwa) wining the Men’s division. Sam Avaramidas (Seaford) took the Over 70 Men’s Title. Junior Girls went to Aurora Furbank (Yorkes) and Junior Boys to Scott Thomas (Seaford).The Over 40 Women’s Logger went to Erika Oemcke (Port Noarlunga South) with Darren Oemcke (Port Noarlunga South) taking the Men’s.
"It was great to see such a big turnout for the event. Such a diverse group of surfers from 13 to 73 years of age, longboard surfing is really strong in our State”, said Craig Potgieter from Surfing SA.
Open Women: 1st Karen Riley, 2nd Erika Oemcke, 3rd Ellen Watson, 4th Catherine Seal Yates
Open Men: 1st Craig Potgieter, 2nd Adam Barley, 3rd Tom Bowen, 4th Zac Drury
Junior Girls: 1st Aurora Furbank
Junior Boys: 1st Scott Thomas, 2nd Cooper McEwan, 3rd Chaska Glockner Karoo
Open Men Logger: 1st Adam Barley, 2nd Tom Bowen, 3rd Robin Ponzoni, 4th Zac Drury
Open Women Logger: 1st Catherine Seal-Yates, 2nd Erika Oemcke
Over 40 Men Logger: 1st Darren Oemcke, 2nd John Amos
Over 40 Women: 1st Louise Kelly, ,2nd Erika Oemcke , 3rd Vicki Centofanti 4th Karen Riley
Over 40 Men: 1st Craig Potgieter, 2nd Nigel Hill, 3rd Nick Duke, 4th John Taylor
Over 50 Women: 1st Erika Oemcke, 2nd Cathy Griffen
Over 50 Men: 1st Wayne Gurney, 2nd Jason Russell, 3rd Timothy Thompson, 4th Andre Carrison
Over 60 Women: 1st Anna Markey, 2nd Sue Bennet, 3rd Robyn Brown
Over 60 Men: 1st John Amos, 2nd Phil Ball, 3rd Sam Avaramidas, 4th Paul Galbraith
Over 70 Men: 1st Sam Avaramidas, 2nd Peter Cox