Constable good for Malfunction
THE country’s top longboarders took advantage of the perfect weather at Kingscliff yesterday for the opening day of the 28th Malfunction surfing competition, presented by Surftech.
The conditions were a clean 0.5-1metre and the day of impressive longboarding continued with the ASP Australasia Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) Cancer Council NSW men’s and women’s divisions hitting the water.
In the LQS, men’s division round one and the quarter-finals were completed, along with rounds one and two and the semis of the women’s professional division.
Current ASP Australasia LQS men’s ratings leader Josh Constable, from the Sunshine Coast, won the opening two events of the season in New Zealand and Noosa and continued his winning streak after blitzing yesterday’s quarter-final heat.
Also making it through the quarter-finals was Currumbin carver Jackson Close, who scored a near-perfect 9.57 wave, and followed with a 7.33.
Joining Constable and Close in the semi-finals were Justin Redman (WA), Kevin Holt (Wollongong), American Taylor Jensen, 2009 ASP world longboard champion Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour), Coolangatta’s three-time Malfunction champ Dane Pioli and Mitch Surman.
The women’s LQS finalists were decided after a close race, with Melissa Combo (Ballina), Jennifer Smith (USA), Emma Wedd (Vic) and Jodie Barsby (Crescent Head) making the cut.
Competition is set to resume at 8am today.