DUAL CHAMPION: Emily Lethbridge claimed two state titles.
DUAL CHAMPION: Emily Lethbridge claimed two state titles. John Andrews / Surfing Queenslan

Our region's longboarders dominate state championship

SURFING: The Sunshine Coast's reputation as a longboarding hub was enhanced on Sunday, when many of the region's riders carved their way to state longboard titles at the Gold Coast.

Noosa Heads' Jesse Jerrems edged Buderim's Jesse Caldow by just one point in the marquee open men's division at Tugun Beach.

And Noosaville's Emily Lethbridge produced an imposing display amid 1m waves to claim honours in the open women's section and the under-18 girls division.

Peregian Springs' Ian Borland was another to earn a spot in the state team for the Australian Surfing Festival in New South Wales in August after earning placings in the men's over-60 and men's over-65 divisions.

Meanwhile, Mountain Creek's Damian Coulter won the men's over-40 section and finished second in the men's over-45 competition divisions to show why he is an eight-time national champion.

"The aim was definitely to qualify for the Queensland team and go for another Australian title," he told event media.

"It's the pinnacle in the pro-amateur longboard scene.

"The standard at nationals is extremely high, in every age group. This will be my fifteenth time competing."

Sunshine Coast youngsters also fared well. See Wednesday's junior sports section in the Daily.


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