BEN Haworth from North Devon has become the first British surfer to win the men's open amateur division at the Noosa Festival of Surfing in Queensland, Australia. Ben, 18, beat five Australians in the final on Sunday to take the title. It was the first ti

BEN Haworth from North Devon has become the first British surfer to win the men's open amateur division at the Noosa Festival of Surfing in Queensland, Australia.Ben, 18, beat five Australians in the final on Sunday to take the title. It was the first time he had travelled to Australia or competed in an event outside Europe and was also his first senior event.The Noosa contest is an annual event attracting more than 600 competitors and is the largest in Australia. It is one of the world highlights for longboard surfing and attracts international level surfers from across the globe. The win was particularly gratifying for Ben as he beat older and more experienced Australian surfers on their own territory in the six-man final. Victory at the Noosa Festival places Ben as a serious competitor on the international stage and is a great start to his 2008 season. Ben, who won the British and English Junior Longboard Championship crowns in 2007, is seeking to pursue a career as a professional surfer.