Aldrige Retro in Malfunction
COOLANGATTA surfer Matt Aldrige is looking to repeat his Retro division win of last year with an impressive win against Nick Farago and Justin Holland in heat two at the Malfunction Surf Festival in Kingscliff yesterday.
Longboards were replaced with stand-up paddleboards, single fins and retro boards with local contingents slamming the international and national competition in perfect conditions.
Event director Sean McKeown said he was expecting similar conditions tomorrow.
“It’s looking like some fun waves and fine weather, which is pretty similar to the last few days of competition,” he said.
Aldridge looked right at home on his retro board, dishing out a powerful backhand assault to take the heat win with a 13.00 two-wave total.
Tweed Heads’ Beau Nixon was more accustomed to a longboard and showed some finesse to upstage Tully St John and Kingscliff legend Ray Gleave in the last heat of the SUP division.
Nixon utilised power-based moves with advanced wave knowledge to finish the heat with an 11.7 total, which included a 6.7 and a 5.00, St John continuing behind Nixon in second with Gleave eliminated.
Former ASP World Tour competitor and Coolangatta local Luke Egan was at his best yesterday morning, throwing plenty of backhand spray to easily beat Geoff Breen (Noosa).
Egan is an eager SUP surfer, leading the masses that are taking to this sport and making it one of the fastest-growing sports globally.
Egan blasted to a two-wave winning total which included a pair of solid 5s.