Coffs Coast Advocate

Malfunction braced for biggest ever field

REGISTRATION has opened for Australia's premier longboard surfing event, the Hyundai Malfunction on the Tweed Coast, which for the first time will be held over nine days.

Organisers are tipping the number of entrants for the March 21 to 29 festival - first staged in 1984 - to be the biggest ever, partly due to an extra three days added to the program.

The Malfunction is expected to inject more than $2 million into the local economy.

There will be five days of competition, part of the Association of Surfing Professionals world longboard qualifying series, plus surfing lifestyle events in Kingscliff and at the Domain Casuarina Beach Resort.

Organiser Sean McKeown said: “Since we have extended the festival, we have been inundated with queries from around the world.

“For safety reasons, we will have to cap the number of competitors.

“We're expecting more than 300 entries this year and a large contingent of spectators who will not only enjoy the competition but the lifestyle and social events that complement it.

“We're urging competitors to get in quickly to secure their entry to the competition.”

The Malfunction has open and age divisions, a leg of the ASP longboard qualifying series for men and women, a retro division for boards built before 1981 and a stand-up paddle surfing division.

There will also be a Domain Casuarina Beach Resort art exhibition, a Salt Village surf vehicle rally, surf bands and the Domain Casuarina Beach Resort luau dinner.

For registration and more information, visit or phone Sean McKeown on 0414 569 208.

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