Longboard champs surf into Kingscliff
THE air of excitement around the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro has barely lifted, and the next wave of elite surfing is upon us.
The world's top longboarding talents will compete in the Australian Longboard Surfing Open at Kingscliff this weekend.
Competitors will range from local novices to Brazilian pros in the event, which runs from Friday to Sunday.
Kingscliff local Dean Turbo, who will be riding in the eight-foot pro category and recently won the over- 40s category at the Noosa Festival of Surfing, said Kingscliff's swell was the best he'd seen in decades.
"It's the best in 30 years, easy," Turbo said.
He said a sand-pumping operation had brought clean barrels back to his local break.
"It hasn't looked like this for a long time so everyone's excited," he said.
It's good timing as he tries to make his mark in the pro category.
Brazilian pro longboarder and television presenter Chloe Calmon was in Australia for the first time for the championships.
She felt confident ahead of the event, as Kingscliff resembled her home break.
Top events Friday:
- 6.30am: Fluro Friday with mental health non-profit Onewave will hold Fluro Friday at 6.30am Friday. Participants should wear fluro colours and will assemble at Lions Park to swim, ride inflatables and join a yoga session before breakfast supplied by Kingscliff Beach Hotel.
- 8am: surfing begins
- 7pm: screening of 1968 film Children of the Sun
- 7.30am: surfing begins
- 4-8pm: live music
- 8.30am: Easter egg hunt for children under 12
- 11am: Stand up paddle board race