Gleave finishes one short of a hat-trick

KINGSCLIFF'S Ray Gleave continued to stamp his mark on the annual Malfunction event, taking out two of the three divisions he contested on Sunday.

Gleave, a legend on the Tweed Coast when it comes to longboarding, won the Old Mal and over-50s sections while coming fourth in the stand-up paddle section, which was taken out by Burleigh's James Watson.

On the final day of competition at Kingscliff on Sunday, Newcastle's Jye Byrnes won the Expression Session Innovation Manoeuvre Award, and Barry McGuigan, 80, from the NSW Central Coast won the over-65 men's final.

McGuigan was also recently inducted into the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame.

Pottsville's Ben Hutchings won the over-60 men's final, Hayden Swan won the over-40s men's, the Sunshine Coast's Monique Keane won the women's amateur final, Norah Head's Beau Nixon won the 9ft amateur final and Emerald Beach's Harley Ingleby won the Retro Board final.

The Sunshine Coast's Kathryn Hughes won the under-18 women's final and Noosa's Jackson Winter took out the under-18 men's final.

Contest organiser Sean McKeown said this year's event had been the most successful in its history.

“The vibe at the contest site was outstanding with live music and the positive atmosphere in the park and on the beach,” McKeown said.

Special tribute was paid to Sally Paxton and Terry Taylor who have surfed in every Malfunction event since 1983.

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