A perfect way for Molony to claim title

RUSSELL Molony says he feels "in tune with the ocean" at the moment and on Wednesday at Surfest's Wandiyali Classic he played all the right notes in winning his eighth title.

In small surf at Merewether, the 36-year-old from North Entrance produced his maiden 10-point ride for a two-wave score of 16.20.

Lake Cathie's Jack Germain, 16, was second.

"It's kind of a blur," Molony said of the 10-point ride.

"I remember looking down the line and I could see it was a really good wave.

"One of the guys was sitting inside and the wave started getting a bit flat where I was and he couldn't get on it and I got on it and the wave walled up all the way to shore."

The Australian Indigenous champion and Australian Open winner battled bluebottle stings and seaweed to take the title.

"You'd go to do a turn on the shore break and you'd just get covered in seaweed, looking like a seaweed monster," he said.

Berrara's Chae Moloney won the women's title over Coledale's Stella Crick, Stockton's Ginaya Henare and Nelson Bay's Bobbi Law.

The Surfest pro junior starts on Thursday morning at 7am.

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