Locals featured in big wave bash

Andrew Cotton (UK) rides a massive wall at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on March 8, becoming a last-minute contender in the 2012 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards.
Andrew Cotton (UK) rides a massive wall at Mullaghmore Head, Ireland on March 8, becoming a last-minute contender in the 2012 Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. David Olsthoorn/BillabongXXL.com

The Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) heats up this weekend with the Chico Alley Classic at Currumbin Alley.

Former ASP seasoned veteran Nathan Hedge has taken the ratings lead after claiming the second event last week on the Sunshine Coast.

It was Hedgey's second final on the QCC as was Palm Beach based Indonesian Oney Anwar and Fingal's Jay Phillips  who are now running second and third respectively on the rating. There are four QCC events to decide the top two for next year's Quiksilver trials.

The 29th Malfunction is back on the Southern Gold Coast from May 11 to 13 and will be mobile between Rainbow Bay and Kirra.

In 2007 the MF moved to Kingscliff on the Tweed Coast but the Gold Coast Super 8 Malibu Club has now shifted the family event back to its grass roots base.

"It's back to the basics," clubs spokeswoman Sally Paxton said.

"And we will avoid any surf rage by using Kirra if Rainbow Bay is too crowded."

The three-day longboard event will use a non-elimination round-robin format allowing all competitors to surf three times.

The blue ribbon event is the open log/old mal single fin; other divisions include open 9's, o/35's, o/45's, o/55's, o/60's, ladies and mixed juniors (boys and girls surfing together). For more info check out malfunction.com.au.

The Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards will be announced on May 4 at a gala reception in California.

Two Gold Coast surfers have been nominated in the prestigious big wave categories with Ryan Hipwood in Ride of the year for his huge lefthander at Cloudbreak, Fiji last July and Currumbin's Jamie Mitchell for monster paddle on massive take-off at Todos Santos, Mexico in January.

The awards will be webcast on YouTube while Fuel TV will have the full program on May 20.

Current number three in the World, Mick Fanning has been helping the next generation of pro surfers by hosting the Red Bull Future Surf Camp at various locations along the East Coast which climaxes at D'bah this Saturday.

Mick Eugene Fanning turns 31 in June but is still a grommet at heart.

Before Mick takes off to Brazil for the Billabong Rio Pro and third event on the ASP World Title tour, he will relish the opportunity to put back into the future of Australian surfing helping to coach some of the hottest young Australian talent including recent Australian junior team member Luke Hynd (Burleigh), and Alyssa Lock (Snapper).

Topics:  currumbin alley, kirra, malfunction, mick fanning, rainbow bay, surfing



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