Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles

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Emma Allen (Sunshine Coast, QLD) relished the picture-perfect conditions on hand

Emma Allen (Sunshine Coast, QLD) relished the picture-perfect conditions on hand

James Sinclair (Airley Inlet, VIC) buried his rail throughout his early morning heat at the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles today at Port Macquarie

James Sinclair (Airley Inlet, VIC) buried his rail throughout his early morning heat at the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles today at Port Macquarie

Dylan Hannah (Cronulla, NSW) floated his way to the second round

Dylan Hannah (Cronulla, NSW) floated his way to the second round

Stephen Walsh (Lennox Head, NSW) was awesome at the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles this morning, dominating the Open Men’s division with style

Stephen Walsh (Lennox Head, NSW) was awesome at the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles this morning, dominating the Open Men’s division with style

Philippe Didelot (Seaford, SA) flew the flag for South Australia in his requalifying heat this morning winning through to round two

Philippe Didelot (Seaford, SA) flew the flag for South Australia in his requalifying heat this morning winning through to round two

Melissa Sherringham (Wamberal, NSW) surfed well above the lip today in her Open Women’s heat

Melissa Sherringham (Wamberal, NSW) surfed well above the lip today in her Open Women’s heat

Duncan McNicol (Caves Beach, NSW) found the tube in his early morning heat to barrell his way into round two

Duncan McNicol (Caves Beach, NSW) found the tube in his early morning heat to barrell his way into round two

Nick Squires (North Wollongong, NSW) surfed with power and style to qualify for the next round with ease

Nick Squires (North Wollongong, NSW) surfed with power and style to qualify for the next round with ease

Jenny Boggis (Lennox Head, NSW) accumulated the highest combined heat total thus far today en-route to the second round of the Open Women's division

Jenny Boggis (Lennox Head, NSW) accumulated the highest combined heat total thus far today en-route to the second round of the Open Women's division

Another epic day of waves greeted competitors for day two of the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles, heralding dominant performances from Australia’s best.

It was the Open Men and Women who shone the brightest, with the standard of surfing matching the near-perfect two metre conditions.

Reigning Over 28 Women’s Na Papa Australian Champion, Jenny Boggis (Lennox Head, NSW), was electric in her first round heat.

“The waves are so good out there,” Boggis said after racking up a total heat score of 17.50 (out of a possible 20), including a phenomenal 9.50 (out of a possible 10).

Boggis, who has competed at the highest level of international surfing, is looking ominous at the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles.

“I’m just trying to have fun out in the water and just concentrate on my own surfing,” she said.

“I’ve got nothing to lose so I’m going have a good crack.”

With the likes of Melissa Sherringham (Wamberal, NSW) registering a total heat score of 17.00 (out of a possible 10); Tara Christie (Kawana Waters, QLD), Emma Allen (Sunshine Coast, QLD) and Lara Reading (Wallabi Point, NSW) pushing the level of female surfing to new levels, Boggis is impressed with the surfing on show.

“Female surfing is so strong across the country,” Boggis stated.

“And it’s only getting better, I have to really be on my game this week.”

Featuring an eclectic combination of competitors, the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles sees surfers spanning all ages competing for 10 prestigious Na Papa national titles.

Stephen Walsh (Lennox Head, NSW) dominated the requalification rounds of the Open Men’s division, tearing apart the Town Beach right-handers with precision.

Walsh was on-fire throughout his heat, en-route to racking up a total heat score of 17.25 (out of a possible 20).

Nick Squires (North Wollongong, NSW) also managed to solidify his position in the next round with a brilliant display of attacking surfing.

Joining Walsh and Squires in the next round was Dylan Hannah (Cronulla, NSW), Duncan McNicol (Caves Beach, NSW), Philippe Didelot (Seaford, SA) and James Sinclair (Airley Inlet, VIC).

Be sure to log onto www.australiansurffestival.com for all information regarding the Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles.

The website will feature a LIVE Event Broadcast with commentary and heat scores during the event as well as festival news, results, photo and video galleries.

The Na Papa Australian Surfmasters Titles are running from Sunday August 24 until Saturday August 30 2008.

The Country Energy Australian Surf Festival is proudly supported by Country Energy, Events NSW, Port Macquarie Hastings Council, Greater Port Macquarie Tourism, Oxbow, Na Papa Surfboards, Town Green Inn, Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park, NBN, 2MC FM, Star FM, Sydney Weekender, Australia’s Surfing Life Magazine, Australian Longboarding Magazine, Coastalwatch, Ocean and Earth, Saltwater Wine Surf Centres, The Little Brewing Company, the Mercure Centro Hotel, Rydges Hotel Port Macquarie, Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW.

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