?The Godfather of Soul Surfing? Ray Gleave performs his trademark drop knee cut back
?The Godfather of Soul Surfing? Ray Gleave performs his trademark drop knee cut back

Godfather of Soul Surfing cleans up

WHEN you are known as the 'Godfather of Soul Surfing', it is no surprise that success follows you.

That didn't change in last weekend's popular 2006 Sunrise at 1770 Longboard Classic with Ray 'The Godfather' Gleave cleaning up his rivals.

The Cabarita Beach star pulled out his best to win three classes ? the open nines, over-40s and the traditional divisions.

A total of 120 competitors hit the water for a fantastic three days of surfing.

On top of the Godfather's fine form, there were a collection of notable performances that caught the eye.

Current Australian over-35 years champion Damien Coulter impressed, coming second in the open nines and traditional to Gleave.

It was a great event for 12-year-old George Cunningham who won the open eights, while another top junior Ben Sesselet also impressed.

Deanna Ashmore won the women's open title in a hot field which included special sevenyear-old Laura Poncini.

Other notable competitors were Barry Coulter who won his fifth over-50 men's crown in a row, 1963 world champion fourth place Mick Dooley, Joe Larcom and the owner of Rip Curl Doug Warbick.

Organisers were rapt with the response of both competitors and spectators for the eighth running of the popular event.



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