COOLANGATTA/QLD (Sunday July 30th, 2017):A marginal rise in swell and a north-west breeze made for super contestable conditions on a day three new Australian Champions were crowned in the Open Men’s, Open Women’s and Over 35 Men’s divisions at Duranbah as the Surfmasters provided an exciting morning of hotly contested finals.

An early flurry of waves in the Open Men’s final kept officials on their toes with Thomas Woods (QLD), Chris Zaffis (NSW), Liam O’Brien(QLD) and Monty Tait (NSW) all posting multiple waves in the first five minutes.

Zaffis and Woods took to the little ramps as the northerly wind picked up, Woods narrowly coming out on top when the hooter went, posting the highest single wave score of 7.25pts (out of a possible 10pts) in the process of racking up a heat total of 13.10pts to best Zaffis in second(12.55pts).

Young central coaster Kirra-Belle Olsson produced one of the waves of the festival thus far in the Open Women’s Final, shredding a long right hand wall to pieces on her backhand, punching out multiple smooth hooks and a 9.25pt ride.

“It feels really good because it’s been a while since I’ve done well in a comp. Being the Open Women’s champion is such a good feeling,” said Olsson.

Her heat total of 14.75pts was enough to claim victory over Jess Grimwood(NSW), Piper Harrison(QLD) and Amee Donohoe(NSW) in the windy conditions.

Jay Phillips represented the biggest threat in the Men’s over 35’s division on day 1 and he was again looking the goods in the lunchtime final until defending champion Mitch Dawkins produced a powerful series of manoeuvres to post an 8.60pt ride on his forehand, narrowly pipping Phillips to go back to back in 2017.

“You just can’t let your guard down with guys like Jay Phillips, so I was always looking for another high score which but I got the win and I’m pretty stoked,” said Dawkins.

OPEN MEN’S SURFMASTERS RESULTS:

1st Thomas Woods 13.10pts

2nd Chris Zaffis 12.55pts

3rd Liam O’Brien 11.55pts

4th Monty Tait 9.75pts

OPEN WOMEN’S SURFMASTERS RESULTS:

1st Kirra-Belle Olsson 14.75pts

2nd Jess Grimwood 11.50pts

3rd Piper Harrison 11.20pts

4th Amee Donohoe 8.30pts

OVER 35’S MEN’S SURFMASTERS RESULTS:

1st Mitch Dawkins 14.60pts

2nd Jay Phillips 14.25pts

3rd Shane Conwell 11.10pts

4th Paul Snow 7.00pts

The 2017 Australian Surf Festival continues tomorrow from 7:30am with Duranbah to again be the likely venue for the remaining Surfmasters divisions to again be on show.

2017 Australian Surf Festival – Tweed Coast, NSW, July 28-August 14

– Opening Ceremony – July 28
– Australian Surfmasters Titles – July 29-August 2
– Australian Longboard Titles – August 2-10
– Australian Logger Titles – August 3-10
– Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park Australian Bodyboard Titles – August 10-14

The 2017 Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is also proudly supported by Destination Tweed, Big 4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park, bcu, Hydralyte Sports, Toyota, Pacific Longboarder, NBN, mySURF.tv, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.