TRIBUTE: Coast tradie Clinton Guest paid tribute to his late mate, mentor and coach Mark McNamara after his win on the weekend at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
TRIBUTE: Coast tradie Clinton Guest paid tribute to his late mate, mentor and coach Mark McNamara after his win on the weekend at the Noosa Festival of Surfing. Patrick Woods

Coast tradie beats world champs in tribute to dead mate

IT TOOK nearly two years for Coast longboarder and tradie Clinton Guest to pay tribute to his best mate, mentor and coach, surfing icon Mark McNamara.

But in the Noserider Pro final of the Noosa Festival of Surfing on the weekend he did just that, winning the competition on the board his great mate 'Maca' helped create.

McNamara, a former Australian longboard champion, tragically died aged 51 after suffering a heart attack while paddling out at Kirra in March, 2015.

His death had a profound impact on Guest, a 24-year-old Australian champion himself making his way in the surfing world while juggling an upcoming marriage and his work as a tradesman and safety supervisor.

Working through the night last week on the Sunshine Plaza redevelopment, Guest was running on about three hours' sleep a night, dragging himself out of bed in Birtinya and up to Noosa to take on a number of world champions.

 

WINNER: Clinton Guest in action at Noosa in 2016.
WINNER: Clinton Guest in action at Noosa in 2016. Kelly Lockett

The efforts paid off though, as he claimed the Noserider Pro title, beating world champion Harley Ingleby three times along the way, the win sparking an outpouring of emotions.

"I wanted to win it for Maca more than anything," Guest said.

Guest grew up surfing Noosa, but spent countless hours with his idol McNamara surfing a number of Gold Coast breaks over the years.

It was McNamara who, along with shaper Steve Del Rosso, designed a prototype board for Guest.

"I've put in thousands of hours on this board. It's my favourite board," Guest said.

"It's the biggest thing in my career... my first professional contest win. It was really quite emotional.

"I've been trying hard to surf for Maca. He was my biggest supporter when I went to the world titles."

 

TRIBUTE: Coast tradie Clinton Guest paid tribute to his late mate, mentor and coach Mark McNamara after his win on the weekend at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
TRIBUTE: Coast tradie Clinton Guest paid tribute to his late mate, mentor and coach Mark McNamara after his win on the weekend at the Noosa Festival of Surfing. Patrick Woods

Guest said McNamara had mentored him since he was 13, imploring him to back himself up with a trade qualification and urging him to have fun wherever his surfing career took him.

"I feel like anything is possible," Guest said.

"He (McNamara) always said back myself up with a trade and see what happens.

"He always believed I could do it there (Noosa)."

Guest is now focused on his wedding in September, before launching an assault on the world longboarding scene over the next decade, eager to mix it with legends like Josh Constable and Harrison Roach.


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