Master of the surf still having the time of his life
CHAMPION veteran Coolum surfer Bruce Dunne is aiming to retain his state titles in this weekend's 2019 Masters Surf Series on the Gold Coast.
Last year's over 60 men's division Australian champion, Dunne said he was hoping for great waves to test out a new board.
"I was very pleased to win two state titles in two different divisions last year," Dunne said. "I'm having the time of my life at the moment. Still surfing my short board, I've just got a new one in preparation for the Masters series.
"It's always a great bunch of people who surf in this series."
Some of Queensland's most experienced surfers will throw on a competition rash shirt this Saturday and Sunday for event one of the Masters series.
The event was set to run back in February, but with dangerous conditions, was postponed to this weekend.
The first event in the two-event series will see short boarders from the over 35 division all the way through to the over 60s battle it out for a Queensland title and a place in the national titles at the 2019 Australian Surf Festival on the Tweed Coast later in the year.
The Masters Surf Series presented by Nusa Cana Rum has a long history in Queensland and has provided a pathway many Australian champions. Last year's over 45 men's division Australian champion, the legendary Mark Richardson (Palm Beach), will be competing again this year and will definitely be someone to keep an eye on.
"It was great to take out the over 45 division last year," Richardson said. "I always look forward to the Masters series - it's a lot of fun surfing with all your mates, that's the best part. Competitive surfing keeps us on our toes as we get a little bit older."
Last year's over 35 women's Queensland champion Lee Cooper (Upper Coomera) will again be competing in the series this year. After being crowned State Champion last year, she went on to take second place at the national titles.
"I think it's important to have a Masters surf series," Cooper said. "There's so much going on with all the great up and coming kids, so it's awesome that the masters divisions still have the same opportunities to compete with each other."
2019 Masters Surf Series:
Event 1 - Gold Coast - May 25&26
Event 2 - Sunshine Coast - June 8&9.
The 2019 Masters Surf Series is proudly supported by Nusa Cana Rum, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, Camera House, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, SurfAid, Air Asia, Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast, CoastalWatch, Surfing World, Pages, The Queensland Government and Surfing Queensland.