Pioli tumbles from quarter-finals
THREE-time Kingscliff Australian Longboard Surfing Open champion Dane Pioli from Tweed Heads has tumbled from this year's quarter-finals.
Along with former world champion Josh Constable from Peregian Beach, Pioli struggled to find desirable scores in the inconsistent three foot swell.
Both men finished last in their four man quarter finals during the Surftech-sponsored event.
Current world champion Taylor Jensen of California and Dane Wilson from Coolum Beach are proving themselves form surfers of the competition - both locking in heat scores of 15.00 to advance to the semis.
New Zealander Thomas Kibblewhite and former world champion Harley Ingleby of Emerald Beach also advanced.
Wilson said wave selection proved critical amid the changing tide.
"With the tide changing it made it quite difficult but I decided early to sit a bit wider and try and get some of the medium sized ones which were linking through to the inside," he said.
"At Kingscliff, there are usually two to three peaks and it always looks better down the line so you just have to be patient.
"Also my style is a lot more traditional with the noseriding and drop-knee turns so I had to maximise every wave."
In the women's LQS division, 2010 World Champion Jennifer Smith from California and Tweed's Chelsea Williams will return to battle it out in the semi-final after going head-to-head in the quarter-final, with Smith prevailing 12.27 to 12.20.
In the other quarter-finals, victories went to Wini Paul from New Zealand and Candice Appleby and Crystal Dzigas, both from Hawaii.
Competition also continued in the Scales Seafood nine foot amateur, over-40s and over-50s.
Green Aussie Cleaner Pro Men Quarter-Finals:
HEAT 1: 15.00 Taylor Jensen (USA) 15.00, Nic Jones (AUS) 14.10, Beau Nixon (AUS) 11.50, Dane Pioli (AUS) 11.17
HEAT 2: Thomas Kibblewhite (NZL) 13.43, Ben Dickens (AUS) 10.60, Ruben Roxburgh (AUS) 10.43, Jared Neal (AUS) 7.97
HEAT 3: Dane Wilson (AUS) 15.00, Ray Lawrence (AUS) 12.30, Matt Aldridge (AUS) 12.16, Josh Constable (AUS) 8.00
HEAT 4: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 12.66, Heath Norrish (AUS) 12.10, Scott Channon (AUS) 9.36, Patrick O'Leary (AUS) 5.59
Green Aussie Cleaner Pro Men Semi-Finals:
HEAT 1: Taylor Jensen (USA), Nic Jones (AUS), Thomas Kibblewhite (NZL), Ben Dickens (AUS)
HEAT 2: Dane Wilson (AUS), Ray Lawrence (AUS), Harley Ingleby (AUS), Heath Norrish (AUS)
Cancer Institute NSW Pro Women Quarter-Finals:
HEAT 1: Jennifer Smith (USA) 12.27, Chelsea Williams (AUS) 12.20, Tessa Davidson (AUS) 8.60, Lisa Nicholson (AUS) 4.70
HEAT 2: Wini Paul (NZL) 11.57, Geodee Clark (HAW) 10.30, Rosie Locke (AUS) 8.16, Kirsty Webster (AUS) 6.07
HEAT 3: Candice Appleby (HAW) 10.93, Lucy Small (AUS) 9.73, Melissa Combo (AUS) 8.26, Georgia Young (AUS) 8.17
HEAT 4: Crystal Dzigas (HAW) 10.67, Nava Young (AUS) 10.07, Claire Norman (AUS) 7.70, Sam Egan (AUS) 6.36
Cancer Institute NSW Pro Women Semi-Finals:
HEAT 1: Jennifer Smith (USA), Chelsea Williams (AUS), Wini Paul (NZL), Geodee Clark (HAW)
HEAT 2: Candice Appleby (HAW), Lucy Small (AUS), Crystal Dzigas (HAW), Nava Young (AUS)
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