(Redhead Beach, NSW, AUSTRALIA 26 January 2017)
REDHEAD beach in Lake Macquarie saw some of the best short board, longboard and stand-up paddle board surfers compete for the title of Lake Mac Festival of Surfing champion over the weekend. Surfers from across the Hunter region and Queensland and one from Peru demonstrated excellent surfing abilities in deteriorating surf over 2 days on Redhead beach.
The standout surfer over the both days of competion in 2 different disciplines was Harry Maskell (Wamberal, NSW). Maskell is a previous Lake Mac Festival of Surfing SUP champion but this year he dominated both the SUP’s and the Open Men’s short board division. Surfing through 2 rounds and a final in each division was a herculean effort by this extremely talented young man.
Maskell says the surf was challenging at times but Redhead is such a good break. There were plenty of opportunities for good points. I’m over the moon and want to thank Lake Macquarie Council and Surfest. This is a really fun event.
Surfest Organiser Warren Smith, says the Lake Mac Festival of Surfing gets bigger each year as news of the event grows. We are very proud and happy to be able to bring Surfest to a wider audience. I’m very grateful to Lake Macquarie City Council for their passion for sport and their community.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, says the Lake Mac Festival of Surfing has been a wonderful showcase for the city’s beaches and coastal lifestyle. I congratulate all the winners and look forward to an even better event in 2018.
LONGBOARD: 1st Matt Rawson (Redhead); 2nd Aaron Howe (Newcastle); 3rd Glenn Turner (Merewether); 4th Sam Conrick (Redhead)
OVER 30 SHORTBOARD: 1st Justin Lee (Redhead); 2nd Paul Snow (Bar Beach); 3rd Kane O’Neill (Redhead); 4th Simon Hasson (Redhead)
SHORTBOARD: 1st Harry Maskell (Wamberal); 2nd Kaine Watts (Redhead); 3rd Rohan Watts (Redhead); 4th Kane O’Neill (Redhead)
OPEN SUP: 1st Harry Maskell (Wamberal); 2nd Glenn Turner (Merewether); 3rd Josh Stretton (Anna Bay); 4th Steve Rainford (Helensburgh)
WOMEN SUP: 1st Brissa Malaga (Peru); 2nd Roxanne Masters (Newcastle)
BOARD RIDERS CHALLENGE: 1st Redhead Boardriders – earn a wildcard into the 2017 Orica Team Challenge Feb. 4-5, 2017 Stockton Beach.
The Lake Mac Festival of Surfing is supported by Lake Macquarie City Council, Jewells Tavern and the Redhead Surf Club.