Former pro climbs back on the board to triumph
LAST-MINUTE heroics in 1.2m waves at Gallows Beach helped Mt Coolum's Adam Keegan capture his first national title in almost 20 years.
The former professional beat Victorian Liam Whitelaw in the final to claim the first title in the Wahu Australian Bodyboard Titles senior men's division.
"This is the first time I've competed in a national titles in close to 20 years, so I'm stoked to win it," he said.
"I guess my main plan out there was to just get two good waves.
"Fortunately, I got that last wave in the final minutes to get the win."
Bli Bli's Lloyd Llewellyn finished third in the Masters division as the 18-day Australian Surf Festival wrapped up at Coffs Harbour.
Six champions were crowned across a range of divisions, with Brisbane's Luke Jackon claiming his second Australian title in as many years by taking out the over-35 division.
He posted a two-wave total of 14.00 to claim the win ahead of fellow Queenslander Dave Ayliffe.
"This is out of control," Jackson said.
"To be able to back it up and get my second title feels amazing. I can't believe it.
"All the guys in the final have an unreal surfing ability and three of us shared the final last year as well. Things are really tight between all of us."
Coffs Harbour's Dion Myers claimed the drop knee title when he scored nine out of 10 for a solid barrel that gave him the edge in the decider.
"This is my first national title, so I couldn't be happier," Myers said.
"This is something I've always dreamt of doing but I've been out of the scene for around 10 years, so it's great to be back."
Victorian Steve Watson claimed the Grand Masters division ahead of multiple national champion Greg Chambers.
New South Wales' Sam Gillett accounted for her sister Teigen to claim the junior women's final. Their mum Shauna won the open women's final.