Big names of longboard to battle out Malfunction

SURF SCENE AndrewMcKinnon

THE surf will be cooking for this week's 24th annual Malfunction Longboard Festival kicking off this morning. The swell forecast is perfect for Rainbow Bay with south easterly winds and rising easterly swell for the five-day event, the finals of which are on Sunday. Australia's highest rated world longboarders will be returning home after the World Pro Longboards in France and will line-up at Rainbow Bay on Friday for the pro division. Currumbin's Jackson Close, a former Malfunction winner, reached the quarterfinals of the World Professional Longboards in France to finish equal fifth in the world. Last year's Malfunction Open men's winner Harley Ingleby, of Emerald Beach NSW, will be back to defend his title after also reaching the quarterfinals at the world titles. The Sunshine Coast's Josh Constable, the 2006 World Longboard Champ and Harrison Roach who finished ninth in the world titles will join a star-studded field including the youngest son of the legendary Nat Young, Bryce Young. Rainbow Bay's enduring surfing legend Robye Deane is keen to defend his over 50s Malfunction title after a dominant win in the recent Na Papa Queensland State Longboard Titles at Marcoola on the Sunshine Coast. Currumbin's Mark 'Macca' MacNamara also waved the flag for the Gold Coast with a solid win in the over-40s, and a very impressive runner-up placing in the Open men's to Mudjimba's Ben Fesselet. There are 17 categories altogether in the Mal, from the super groms to the surfing gramps and everyone in between, including the latest surfing buzz stand-up paddle boards. The competition starts today with the Bic One Board Challenge from 8am at Rainbow Bay. Twelve-year-old surfing sister twins, Brodie and Amiya Doyle will be competing in the Bic and the under-18 girls, while Coolangatta's number one pro-junior Brent 'Brenno' Dorrington has entered the retro division (boards made prior to the 1981 thruster). International surfing legends, California's Robert August and Hawaii's Billy Hamilton will be among the many surfing celebrities including Nat Young and his incredible surfing family. A surf art/photo display can be seen in the function room of the Greenmount Resort, Coolangatta. To check the competition draw and program go to www.malfunction. com.au or www.theislandstyle. com. ❏❏❏ THE Billabong Pro in Tahiti, which scored excellent waves in the trials, saw the swell last for only the first round before going into a big blue patch area. Little or no swell is forecast this week for the famous Teahupoo Reef, and organisers are not hopeful of a new swell until next week and will now use the full waiting period. ❏❏❏ THE second event on the Billabong Surfing Queensland Championship Circuit, the annual Creekto- Creek is on this Saturday and Sunday in between Tallebudgerra and Currumbin Creek. Host club the Palm Beach Boardriders will be keen to see the contest site at their local break at 25th Avenue. For further information contact Surfing Queensland on (07) 5520 1165.



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