LONGBOARDERS: Josh Constable, currently rated number two, and Harley Ingleby, rated number one, are set to compete.
LONGBOARDERS: Josh Constable, currently rated number two, and Harley Ingleby, rated number one, are set to compete.

Malfunction underway



NOOSA'S Josh Constable is the number one favourite for this week's ALC (Australian Longboard Circuit) open men's pro division in the 2006 Hang Ten Malfunction longboard surfing event after winning the Classic Malibu final on his home turf at Sunshine Beach on Saturday.

"I haven't won an event so far this year," said the former two-time Australian champion who is in for one of the biggest weeks of his life.

"Right now my main focus is on our wedding day," referring to tying the knot on Wednesday to long-time partner Anna Shisler at a private ceremony of family and friends on the Sunshine Coast.

The pro division of the Hang Ten Malfunction will not surf until Friday giving Josh and Anna at least one day off.

"The Malfunction is secondary to me right now but once I pull on the contest colours, I'll be out to win and go back to back," said the Terminator of Longboard surfing who has won the juniors at the Malfunction but yet to win the opens.

"I haven't competed at the Malfunction for a couple of years when the pro division was dropped but now the ALC division is back ? so am I!"

The ASP Australasian ALC Pro division of the Hang Ten Malfunction will be hotly contested with current Australian open men's champ Harley Ingleby, who placed fourth at the Sunshine Coast, is leading the ALC ratings from Constable.

Currumbin's Jackson Close finished third at the Sunny Coast and is currently sixth on the ALC ratings.

The Hang Ten Malfunction ALC Pro division is the fourth event of the seven-part nation- al series.

THE latest new category in the Hang Ten Malfunction is the Golden Breed Retro boards (surfboards made before the 1981 three fin thruster).

Harley Ingleby and Jackson Close will crossover to a smaller short board for the new event which is attracting a lot of interest and has never been contested before in longboard comps.

THE 2006 Hang Ten Malfunction Longboard event is celebrating its 23rd year and is one of the longest-running longboard events in Australia with 200 competitors contesting the nine categories to be held at Rainbow Bay.

The three-day event kicked off yesterday.

The nine finals of the Hang Ten Malfunction will be surfed on Saturday with the blue ribbon event, the Open Pro ALC final, to be the last final to hit the water at 2pm.

A presentation of all the finals will be held on Saturday night at the Rainbow Bay Surf Club. For more info, call contest director Sean McKeown on 0414569208.



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