19th Lennox Longboard Classic 2016. Report & Results
LOCALS RULE WAVES, Lennox Longboarders dominate Lennox Classic. Local Surfers dominated the 19th annual Lennox Longboard Classic last weekend, Several Lennox Longboard club members won their divisions at the 2 day classic at Lennox Head. There was nine divisions, this year with female & junior surfers part of the family-friendly competition.
Ben O’Dwyer, who grew up in Lennox Head & now lives on the Gold Coast, won the Open 9 foot division for the first time. Eleanor Robertson won the Open Women’s division while other local winners included Chris Cain (Old Mal/Loggers), Greg Gover (Over 50’s) Nathan Mckenzie (Juniors) & Tim Leete (Mystery Final).
There was a strong local contingent & they all performed extremely well, “event organizer Grant Ryan said. “We had great waves & I don’t think we had one complaint or any problems all weekend. “The surfing was top shelf & it’s great to see everyone enjoy themselves.”
Former Australian champion Mike Pimm won the Over – 60’s, while Kingscliff surfer Dean Bevan won the Over – 40’s after finishing second in the Open division.
Despite numbers being down this year, Ryan was thrilled with how the the competition turned out. ” We were down to 79 competitors this year & there was a couple of reasons for that, “he said. There was obviously the clash with the Aussie surf titles & that took some of the top seeds out. “We also didn’t run the event last year because of shark activity & there was some concern still over that. ” But after talking to everyonewe have no doubt that the numbers will be up again next year ” The Classic’s 20th year ”
A host of Local Sponsors put money into the event, while three Longboards were given away as prizes. Thanks go to all the sponsor on board in 2016.
19th Team MP Mobile Plumbing Lennox Longboard Classic 2016
The weekend delivered some fantastic Long Board surfing with contestable 3-4ft consistent waves on both Saturday & Sunday.9 divisions were contested across a combination of Junior, Ladies and age divisions. All competitors enjoyed some great social activity coupled with competitive surfing.
Lennox Beach Resort/Lennox Hotel Open 9`Final
1st Ben O`Dwyer 2nd Dean Bevan 3rd Dan Croskery 4th Peter Wickham
Team MP Mobile Plumbing Over 60`s
1st Mike Pimm 2nd David Stork 3rd Ben Hutchings 4th Steve Watts 5th Wayne McCleary 6thTerry Kay
Smaht Investments Over 50`s
1st Greg Gover 2nd Mick Jackson 3rd Craig Jones 4th Mick Getts 5th Darin Nobbs 6th Steve Fosterling
Tony Barnett/Herron Todd White Over 40`s
1st Dean Bevan 2nd David Sullivan 3rd Dan Croskery 4th David Stork
Rip Curl Ballina Over 30`s
1st Peter Wickham 2nd Richard Stephens 3rd Matt Durkin 4th James Foster
Lennox Gelato & Coffee Co. Old Mal/ Loggers
1st Chris Cain 2nd Allan Croke 3rd Matt Durkin 4th Daffy Chisolm
Inner Beauty Open Ladies
1st Eleanor Robertson 2nd Ros Brown 3rd Mel Mott 4th Una Fahey
Lennox Surf/Stomp Surf wax Peter Edmonds Junior under 18yrs
1st Nathan McKenzie 2nd Reed Smith 3rd Annabel Gover
Triple X Wetsuits Mystery Final
1st Tim Leete 2nd Jim Baker 3rd Colin Small 4th Tracey Nobbs. 5th Mark Preston
Cheers In surfing Wayne Booth, Secretary, Lennox Longboarders Club
& Grant Ryan Event coordinator 2016