Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association holds monthly competition at Town Beach

IT was a battle between two in the end at Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association’s monthly competition day on Sunday.

In clear conditions, Chase O’Leary and Charlie Holt exchanged manouevres with relative ease in the two to three foot sets with a light offshore breeze.

Association president Clayton Pickworth said O’Leary and Holt finished in the top two positions in both the pro and open divisions.

O’Leary beat Holt in the open final before the roles were reversed in the pro final.

“They battled it out between themselves all day and probably surfed the best out of anyone,” Pickworth said.

“Conditions were almost perfect; we had a south-westerly breeze blowing offshore all day and the tide ran out until about 2pm in the afternoon which knocked the swell down a bit.”

Despite all that, surfers had two to three feet of swell to perform their moves.

Pickworth admitted they were close to cancelling the event due to a lack of swell early in the morning.

“It looked like a pancake, but then a few sets started to roll in so it was a bit smaller,” he said.

“The older guys continue to push the limits, but the juniors were surfing pretty well too.”

Pickworth said Mitch Atherton and Harley Hine were two of a “strong core group” of juniors.

“They were doing backflips and aerial moves pretty much by every second wave in the end,” Pickworth said.

The next event is the teams challenge on the June long weekend, with a girls team set to compete.

“We’ve confirmed there will be a girls team picked from places like Gold Coast, Forster, Cronulla and Wollongong,” Pickworth said.

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