|LOCAL SURFERS SHINE AT LONGBOARD CONTEST|
|August 14, 2007 11:00 pm|
PACIFIC CITY South Coast surfers made a splash at the 9th annual Cape Kiwanda Longboard Contest in Pacific City on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4 and 5.
Rusty Gibson of Sixes took third place in the men's 30-39 age division, edging out well known surfer Tor Rockness to reach the finals.
Gibson took first place in the semifinals, but dropped to third place in the final round.
"He was in good position in the first part of the finals, but the surf laid down in the second half of the heat and Rusty had to make do with what he had," fellow surfer Pete "Skeeter" DiRusso said.
DiRusso, of Gold Beach, captured a third place finish as well in the Mid-life Cruisers (40-49) division.
In the Dukes (50-59) division, South Coast surfers dominated the rest of the competition, led by Ray Benner of Brookings who took second place.
Benner was followed by Bill Bourdon of Cape Ferrelo in third, Phil Rovai of Orick, Calif., in fourth and Gary Smithers of Coos Bay in fifth.
The only South Coast surfer to attend but not make the finals was Robin Mayer of Gold Beach, who missed the final round by mere hundredths of a point.
The seven surfers plan to compete in the final two contests of the season, with the first being the Rogue Gathering in Newport on Sept. 8 and 9, followed by the season finale in Crescent City, the Noll Longboard Classic on Sept. 29 and 30.