Pacific Palms surfer, Mel Bartz showed why she is a former Australian champion winning the over 35 women's event at the NSW Surfmasters held at Boomerang Beach yesterday, Thursday, July 30.
The three day event, which kicked off yesterday, saw Bartz smashing apart the punchy right handers on offer.
Over the course of her campaign, the gifted natural-footer posted a series of massive scores, including a near-perfect 9.67 early in the day and a nine in the final.
Budgewoi competitor, Sandra English added another NSW title to her portfolio of results, taking out the over 50 women's division from Susan Levett, Manly.
English was also awarded her Surfing NSW lifetime membership at the event due to her decades of service for surfing in the State and her roles in managing surf schools as well as coaching.
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Perennial event standouts, Rod Baldwin, Copacabana, Mark Gobbe, Mona Vale and Neil Cameron, Byron Bay all put on impressive displays in the picturesque conditions to claim the over-55, over-60 and over-65 men's divisions respectively.
All surfers posted a handful of decent scores over the duration of the finals to take out the aforementioned divisions.
All heat results can be seen here.
The prominent four-day event will see more than 150 competitors - aged 35 and above - battle it out in an attempt to secure an NSW shortboard title and a spot in the national titles at the 2020 Australian Surf Championships.
A range of former World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour surfers and Australian champions will compete in the event including Nathan Hedge, Narrabeen, Rod Baldwin, Copacabana and Jake Spooner, Bulli.
This year is the ninth time NSW Surfmasters Titles presented by Moby's Beachside Retreat has been held in the Great Lakes.
The competition will begin daily at 7:30am with the call for the day's schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:45am.
The event hotline is 0458 247 212.
Divisions for the event include over 35 men, over 35 women, over 40 men, over 45 men, over 50 men, over 55 men, over 60 men and over 65 men.
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Over 35 women:
- Melissa Bartz, Pacific Palms;
- Nathalie Rennie, Terranora;
- Talina Wilson, Coledale;
- Belinda Koorey, Manly Vale and,
- Samantha Oakes, Carlton.
Over 50 women:
- Sandra English, Budgewoi, and
- Susan Levett, Manly.
Over 55 men:
- Rod Baldwin, Copacabana;
- Andrew Johnson, Dalmeny;
- Michael Hoysted, Fern Bay, and
- Ged Cook, Warners Bay.
Over 60 men:
- Mark Gobbe, Mona Vale;
- Lyle Elder, Moonee Beach;
- Donovan Daniels, Bangalow, and
- Neil Cameron, Byron Bay.
Over 65 men:
- Neil Cameron, Byron Bay;
- Graham Shearer, Byron Bay;
- Wayne Roach, Merimbula, and
- George Watt, Bonny Hills.