Matty Aldridge, Beau Nixon and Jenny Smith will compete in the Malfunction Surf Festival.
Matty Aldridge, Beau Nixon and Jenny Smith will compete in the Malfunction Surf Festival. John Gass

Bringing back the 60s

BACK for his second year, Tweed Heads ripper Beau Nixon is set to charge the ASP Men's Longboard Qualifying Series at the Malfunction this week.

Having surfed Tweed's back beaches for years Nixon is confident he'll have the home advantage when heats start in Kingscliff today.

“The conditions are setting us up for a fun weekend so I'm pretty pumped,” Nixon said.

“There was a stage when longboarding was not as popular.

“But we've got people from all over queuing up.”

Coolangatta champ Matt Aldridge said the qualifying series meant fewer stars and less money, but there would still be a competition element among the fun.

“Everyone has really nice style, so any surfer here could win,” he said.

Aldridge is looking to repeat his Retro division win of last year on boards shaped in the '60s and '70s.

Aldridge has a relaxed mindset with a focus on the traditional surfing lifestyle taking his mind off the competition.

“The boards we'll be riding in the retro weigh almost as much as us,” Aldridge said. “They're just beautiful old boards. A lot of these guys just really like surfing with each other and travelling together. We're doing it for passion.”

Making a shock entry to the Malfunction qualifier is Californian reigning ASP Women's World Longboard champion Jennifer Smith.

Smith said although she had been visiting Australia for a few years this would be her first Malfunction.

Multiple Australian and Malfunction champion and Tweed Heads local Chelsea Williams is also looking strong with a win at the Noosa Festival of Surfing last week under her belt.



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