19.3 C
Byron Shire
August 18, 2022

Locals take points in first all-female surf event

Latest News

Food, drink and craft brewery ’in principle’ approval for Tweed South Industrial Estate

Industrial estate zoning was under question at Tweed Council's planning meeting on 4 August as councillors endorsed the development application (DA) for an ‘artisan food and drink industry including craft brewery, retail area and restaurant at Industry Drive Tweed Heads South. 

Other News

Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

A chance for young poets to shine

Youth poets across the region are being invited to take part in the John West Youth Poetry Cup in Byron Bay on August 27.

Mullum, flooding and pods

In this region we are all, except for a few, living on floodplains or areas prone to further landslips....

Finding the fine art

Bangalow Fine Art are boutique art dealers and valuers who hold quarterly online exhibitions of interesting and important pieces...


​​An undeniable purpose in living is enjoyment, due to the fact that we have the capability to enjoy. What...

Flood residents get $650 from Lismore Council

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg today announced that 1,558 residents will receive a grant of $650 from the Lismore Flood Appeal.

Plenty of all-women surf action at Lennox over the weekend. Photo Michael Talbot (Surfing NSW)

Ross Kendall

The Le-Ba Ladybirds won the final event of the inaugural, and Australian first, All Women’s Surf Series held at Lennox Head over the weekend.

Over 100 women and girls competed in the Challenge Her Team’s Classic, coming from Sawtell, Lennox Head, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

The youngest surfer was just eight-years-old and the oldest 63-years old. Teams took to the water at Seven Mile Beach in pumping waves of four to six foot. The swell was challenging but rewarding for every level and age of surfer.

The teams of eight surfers ranged from beginner through to ex-World Tour professionals, including 1993 World Champions Pauline Menczer and Serena Brook. Teams were made up of four longboard and four shortboard surfers, a format developed by the Surfing NSW Her Wave team to specifically create greater opportunity and inclusivity.

All women judges

The 80-minute heats were relay-style; whereby surfers ran out, caught their best wave and returned to shore to tag their next team member. The heats were judged by an all-female judging panel, something Olympic and World Tour Judge Tory Gilkerson said she’s never seen before.

‘Today we’ve got four women judging this event. It’s a pretty amazing day for surfing to be honest. I’m proud to be part of this event and overseeing the judges here today,’ she said.

‘It was just gold! My heart’s singing today with this event, it’s the way surfing should be and where it should have been long ago,’ said Pauline Menczer who surfed for Lennox All Girls Mermaids. ‘There is nothing like this and it was such a great day for everyone. You’ve got women’s over 60s and girls’ under 10s.’

As well as the main surf team event there were a number of workshops and clinics being held at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre that ran throughout the day, hosted by local and industry professionals.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Storylines – The Voice of the voiceless

My grandfather would often tell me a story. A story about a community. This community was self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-determining of their own lives.

Draft COMP caps Public Access at Lismore Council

A Draft Code of Meeting Practice (COMP) and Briefing Policy prepared by the Governance & Customer Service Manager was the subject of discussion at Lismore Council this week.

Olivia Newton-John and FernGully

Olivia Newton-John was active in many environmental issues in the Northern Rivers region. One in particular was the 12-year battle to save ‘Fern Gully’ in Coorabell from being dammed.

Planning Dept investigates Splendour festival site

The company which owns and manages North Byron Parklands is being investigated by the NSW Department of Planning over traffic safety breaches that occurred during last month’s Splendour in the Grass festival.