Swell time at Malfuntion
KINGSCLIFF has cemented its place as the home of Australia's premier longboard event, the Malfunction, after turning on what has been described as “the swell of the year”.
Only in its second year at Kingscliff, the Malfunction competitors enjoyed perfect 1.5m waves, allowing them to turn on a spectacular day of longboard surfing and setting up for a weekend which promises to be even better.
Organiser of the Malfunction event Sean McKeown couldn't have been happier with the standard of competition hitting an all time high capped off by an outstanding perfect 10 point ride by American Taylor Jensen.
Yesterday saw the opening heats of the mens and womens' Surftech LQS professional division and Jensen, fresh from his win at the Noosa Classic last week, showed he will be the man to beat after posting a 10 and then backing it up with a 9.5 for a combined 19.5 out of 20.
Jensen blew everyone away - especially the judging panel - when he pulled in to a long tube ride launched out of the lip, adopting a Joel Parkinson patent “superman” air manoeuvre normally reserved for short boards.
Other winners in round two of the mens event included Sunshine Coast's Mitch Surman, Currumbin's Jackson Close, Yamba's Bryce Young, Emerald Beach's Harley Ingleby, Noosa's Josh Constable, NSW Jared Neal, and Sunshine Coast's Harrison Roach.
Defending champion, Tweed Heads' Dane Pioli made it through to the quarter finals tomorrow and may get his wish for “bigger swells” as forecasts are predicting the waves to increase.
That will present surfers with even more opportunities to make the most of the long runs breaking across the sand point at Kingscliff.
In the women's event, defending champion Chelsea Williams from Tweed Heads was pushed all the way by Nava Young from Yamba who is the daughter of Aussie longboard legend, Nat Young.
Williams and Young exchanged the lead throughout their heat until Williams, Chelsea who has been undefeated so far this year, scored a backhand tube ride and emerged to take the heat.
“I didn't really feel like I was in that heat, not knowing where to sit to find the best waves, but I will take the win even... and I'm keen to follow through and try and win three titles in a row, “ Williams said.
Williams is rated number two in the world and like Pioli, is chasing the trifecta, having won the last two Malfunction Women's LQS finals.
Other winners included Ballina's Melissa Combo, Byron Bay's Tessa Davidson, NSW surfer Isabelle Braley.
The quater finals for both men and women start at Kingscliff from 8am (DST) tomorrow.
The Retro and Old mal finalists were decided on Wednesday and the finalists were: Retro finalist - Jye Byrnes, Ian Bell, Harley Ingleby and Mitchell James
Old Mal finalist - Justin Healey, Ray Gleave, Jack Milgate and Beau Nixon.
Both finals will be surfed with all other Malfunction finals including the professional divisions on Sunday starting at 8am (DST).
Today's program: the Scales Seafood 9ft Amateurs, the popular Ron House Stand Up Paddle boards, Twin Towns Panel Repairs o/40, Robert August Surfboards o/60, Duke Longboards o/50.