Aussies malfunction in waves
AMERICAN surfers upstaged their Australian counterparts at the Malfunction Surf Festival in Kingscliff yesterday.
Taylor Jensen (Oceanside) and Jennifer Smith (San Diego) won the ASP Australasia Longboard Qualifying Series men’s and women’s divisions with an impressive display of skill and experience.
After placing second in the LQS men’s division at the Malfunction for the past two years Californian carver Jensen has finally engraved his name onto the winner’s list.
Jensen beat Buderim’s Mitch Surman, former ASP Men’s World Longboard Champion Josh Constable from Noosa and Currumbin’s Jackson Close in an entertaining final.
“It feels pretty good to finally win this event,” Jensen said.
“I started off really slow.
“I couldn’t get a wave, fell on my first one and wasn’t feeling great.
“But I finally lucked into a couple of smaller ones which ran along the bank.”
The natural-footer collected a 9.33 and an 8.82 to finish on 18.16 points.
Despite placing third in the final, Noosa’s Josh Constable heads the men’s LQS ratings ahead of Jensen, with Mitch Surman, Jared Neal of Coffs Harbour and Harley Ingleby of Emerald Beach rounding out the top five.
Two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard champion, Smith, was in a class of her own in the 30-minute finale, slamming Melissa Combo of Ballina, Victorian Emma Webb and Jodie Barsby of Crescent Head with a combined two-wave total of 14.14, which included a 6.47 on her opening ride and an even stronger 7.67.
Smith said she was eager to taste victory in the LQS women’s division during her time in Australia.
“It’s been good,” Smith said.
“Getting second at Noosa was the main reason I came to the Malfunction.
“I wasn’t going to do it and coming so close in Noosa I wanted to do better.
“I haven’t done well in Australia over the past few years, so it feels good to win.”
In the Greenline SUP Pro final, Kingscliff’s Justin Holland defeated former ASP World Tour competitor Luke Egan of Coolangatta, Currumbin’s Jackson Close and Noosa’s Dane Wilson.
After a slow start, Holland unloaded a mass of big forehand moves to notch a 5.73 and a 7.43 to finish with a two-wave combined total of 13.16.
Kingscliff surfing legend Ray Gleave took out the Over 50s division after taking down Ric Chalmers, Storm Carter and Alan Croke in an entertaining semi-final.
Gleave was at his stylish best, netting a 7.00 and a 6.8 to finish with a combined two-wave total of 13.8.
Meanwhile, Coolangatta’s Matt Aldridge took out the Old Mal competition, Noa Deane slammed a win in the OAM Retro and Ian Pearson took out the Over 40s.
The final event of the Australasian LQS is the Whalebone Classic, which starts on July 16.
LSQ Men’s – Taylor Jensen
LSQ Women’s – Jennifer Smith
Greenline SUP Men’s – Justin Holland
Greenline SUP Women’s – Shakira Westdorp
Old Mal – Matt Aldridge
Retro – Noa Deane