Commentator Ian Pearson at the Malfunction at Kingscliff.
Commentator Ian Pearson at the Malfunction at Kingscliff. Blainey Woodham

Perfect weather for Malfunction

THE blue sky and crystal-clear water yesterday was the perfect way to wrap up this year’s Malfunction surf festival.

Now in its 27th year, Malfunction continues to draw world-class surfers from around the globe in tribute to longboard surfing and to those who love the surfing culture.

Festival organiser Sean McKeown said the thousands of people who came to Kingscliff for the five-day event made it the best yet.

“The response this year has been absolutely phenomenal,” Mr McKeown said.

“The support from the local community, from the Surf Life Saving Club, to the small businesses in the area and the people who have come out and joined in the festivities and been part of what it’s all about.

“It’s just blown us away.”

But it’s not just about the surfing.

The prestigious event encompassed a range of lifestyle activities including the Kingscliff Surf Film Festival as well as surf music, fashion pageants, surf vehicle displays, book signings and surf lessons.

“The spirit of aloha is well and truly alive within the community,” Mr McKeown said.

“We’re rapt with all the local bands who gave up their time to come out and play for us for free.”

Mr McKeown also highlighted the economic benefits to Kingscliff.

“Every year it pumps millions of dollars into the local community,” he said.

“Many people who come here from interstate for the competition like it so much they come back for holidays later. It brings a lot of exposure and shows the State Government there is life north of Byron.”

Festival commentator Ian Pearson said the vibe of the past five days had made for an exceptional experience.

“The weather has been great, the waves have been great and the atmosphere has matched it,” Mr Pearson said.



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