Lennox Head’s Ben Dickens has repeated his double victory in 2017 with another flawless performance at Cabarita Point on the Tweed at the 2018 SAE Group Australian Surf Festival.
Dickens was undefeated the whole event winning all his heats and dominating his competitors. He cloned his 2017 Australian Titles performance to go back-to-back in both the O/40s Men’s Logger Division and the O/40s Men’s Longboard Division.
The ever-humble Dickens was stoked with his success and pleased to defend his titles.
‘I won the logging final in the final five seconds. I was sitting in third position and a great wave came in with a very critical section at the start of the ride and I took a risk and went for it; that section was make or break and thankfully it was a make.
‘I focused on using the priority system to my advantage throughout the contest and I only caught a few waves each heat and made sure when I had first priority to select a good wave.
‘The pressure to defend my title was brutal and the competition was hard with great surfers but the waves were fun and it was a beautiful day for the finals with my young sons there to cheer me on,’ he said.