lester brien : australian titles, 1968.
Bernard Farrelly - Palm Beach
Following Keith Paull's success in the contest,
the photograph was used for Peter Clarke Surfboards, above.
and sliding for a well earned first.
The only surfer who pushed him was young Newcastle goofy footer, Peter Cornish, who came second ahead of Treloar, Neilsen and Williams in that order.
The women tried hard in the hard, harsh conditions, with Lynne Stubbins winning from Trim, McKenzie, Campbell, Clements and Webb.
Surprise defeat was Gail Couper, who in her semi-final wasted a lot of time waiting for large rides then panicked and caught a few low pointers.
Saturday saw the second round of the juniors and women's.
The event was held at Long Reef in the quality surf of the contest.
Good lefts and reasonable rights.
Lynch showed that he was the form junior with a good display of fluid goofy foot surfing.
Peter Cornish and beach mate Roger Clements brought a new style of riding into the finals.
Both have similar styles though Cornish is by far the more fluid.
Clements though, caused low moans of pain throughout the crowd with his wide-legged nut-cracker cut-backs.
They have got to a be seen to be believed.
Treloar put in a reasonable display, but was obviously upset by his ultra-light board s and the short wall on the rights that gave him little
[Not shown: Cornish]
Clements [wide-legged nut-cracker cut-back, Long Reef]
Trealor [Long Reef- one of two]
Conneely, Palm Beach.
Right: Lynch on his backhand at Long Reef.
In the veterans Jack Mayes rode well to take the final but the final tally saw Mal Saunders, Mayes, McGuigan, Wilson, Howard and Hall in that order.
In the juniors Wayne Lynch repeated his performance of the first two rounds pulling, on the wave, a stunning backhand reentry that set Sydney surfers thinking.
Second was Peter Cornish, third David Treloar, Clements, Neilson and Chan-non in that order.
By the time the men's finals were held a powerful 8-10 ft swell was pushing through to the first reef.
A heavy cross-wind was putting a 2ft chop on the face of the bigger waves yet, as I found towards the end of the final, they were surprisingly easy to ride.
The wind kind of pushed you through your turns, the main difficulty was in handling the chop.
Nat Young was outstanding.
He had nothing to lose and took chances that came off.
Hard turns, controlled sliding and some beautiful re-entries got him a well-earned first.
Keith Paull surfed his way into second position from Robert Conneely third.
Other finalists, including myself, spent too much time on the centre break where there had been some good rights immediately prior to the commencement of the final.
Midget and Nat
Volume 10 Number 6, 1968.
Wayne Lynch: Bells Beach Contest, Easter 1968.
Photograph by Albert Falzon.