In the frame at Malfunction
COOLANGATTA local Noa Deane flared it up at the Malfunction yesterday, advancing to semi-final contention ahead of reigning division champion and fellow Coolangatta surfer Matt Aldridge.
Deane, the son of Queensland surfing legend Wayne Deane, adapted well to his retro board, shelving out a flurry of progressive turns to record a 6.0 on his opening ride before finishing off with a strong 5.50 wave.
“It was a little smaller today, but super clean out there,” Deane said.
“I’m happy to progress through to the semis and just focus on that.”
In declining 0.5-metre right-hand peeling waves, the old boys of the longboard community showed onlookers they had not lost any of their surf skills, carving up the waves with some old-school class.
Bob McNeil, of Palm Beach, scored a 6.5 and a 7.00 in the opening heat to finish with a combined two-wave total of 13.5.
McNeil showed some stylish footwork and smooth moves, beating Neville Smith (Brisbane), John Hanson (Burleigh Heads) and Kym Presgrave (Moloolaba). Joining McNeil on the winner’s board was Denis Lowe, of Terranora, who recorded a convincing win, securing a heat-winning 9.5 total, which included a 5.0 and a 4.5.
Lowe will advance into the next round ahead of Allan McDonald (Palm Beach), with Bob Thomas (Burleigh Heads) and Garry Stuart (Tewantin) eliminated.
The nine-foot amateur division finalists were also decided yesterday across respective semis.
Kingscliff surfer Dean Bevan was all class in the first semi, nailing an 11.5 total to beat Nic Jones (Buderim), Jordie Brown (Victoria), Mick Jackson, Skye Burton (Coolangatta) and Dean Chelim (Caloundra).
Bevan let loose some strong forehand moves to take the heat on the back of his last two waves (5.5 and 6.0).
In the second semi, Clinton Guest of Burleigh Heads was dominant from the opening siren, posting a 4.5 and a 5.5 to take the win. Also completed yesterday was round one of the over-40s, Dukes Longboards over-50s and the Karve Stix 8ft, along with the Greenline SUP Pro quarter-finals and amateur semi-finals. Surfing resumes at 8am.