TWEED’S Matt Alderidge in the 2009 Malfunction.
TWEED’S Matt Alderidge in the 2009 Malfunction.

Swell prediction for festival

A LONG-standing favourite on the Tweed surf scene, the Malfunction Surf Festival, will return to Kingscliff on March 24 bigger and better than ever before.

Surfing a wave of success since relocating to Kingscliff three years ago, event organiser Sean McKeown says the illustrious 27-year-old event is not only here to stay, it's here to grow.

“The Malfunction draws world-class surfers from around the world to come together for a truly unique international surf festival,” he said. “This five-day celebration is a tribute to longboard surfing and to those that enjoy surf culture. And Kingscliff has really embraced the event as much as the surfers have embraced Kingscliff.

“Now it's about taking the event to the next level and ensuring its longevity and prosperity.”

This year's event will see Stand Up Paddle (SUP) surfing take it's place as one of the major highlights alongside traditional long-boarding, with entrant figures doubling from last year.

The Hawaiian style, which originated with the old Beach Boys of Waikiki, is growing exponentially around the earth's coasts and shores, and {lsquo}fun'-damentals are being revisited. The Hawaiians learned they could better teach the tourists and take their photos if they could use their surfboards like a platform, using a paddle to move about more freely with minimal effort.

Advancements in materials and design, and the added benefits of time and experience, have opened up a whole new door of possibility.

The SUP surfing event will take pride of place in the main arena while the SUP racing will be conducted on the pristine waters of Cudgen Creek.

Prizemoney of $1000 is up for grabs between the first four placegetters in the surfing and $1400 for the racing divisions. Registrations for the SUP and traditional long-boarding events are still being taken. Contact McKeown on 0414569208 for details.



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