Hyundai Malfunction

25 Apr 2008 0 Share

Selby Riddle progressed into the semi final at the womens malfunction

Selby Riddle progressed into the semi final at the womens malfunction

Chelsea Williams is in scintilating form and won her quarter final

Chelsea Williams is in scintilating form and won her quarter final

Jackson Close won his heat and progressed into the next round with Heath Norris

Jackson Close won his heat and progressed into the next round with Heath Norris

Bryce Young progressed with Harrison Roach to the Quarter Finals on Day 3 of the Malfunction

Bryce Young progressed with Harrison Roach to the Quarter Finals on Day 3 of the Malfunction

Australian Longboard champion Harley Ingleby won his heat and progressed into the quarter finals

Australian Longboard champion Harley Ingleby won his heat and progressed into the quarter finals

A pumping 1 to 1.5 metre south east swell provided some high scores for Day 3 of the Hyundai Malfunction Surfing Festival and for the first time the professionally rated Surf Tech Men’s & Women’s took to the water from 8am.

Australia premier longboard competition is being held at Main Beach in front of the Cudgen Surf Club, Kingscliff for the very first time and the move from Rainbow Bay to Kingscliff has paid off big time with excellent surf and beautiful fine and sunny autumn weather. The wind direction was playing tricks on the south east swell with a north westerly wind creating some bumps in the face of the wave, however it did not deter the world class performances such as former world surfing champion Josh Constable (Noosa), who stamped his authority posting the highest scores in the Surf Tech Open Men’s WLQS Event which is the second rated event of the year on the Australian Professional Longboard circuit.

In Heat 4, Constable who has just come off a win at the recent Noosa Longboard Festival hit his straps early in the heat with a single highest score of 8.6 out of 10 courteousy of a volley of vertical lip hits and finishing off cleanly with his patent air drop floater. He was quick to back that up with another sensational ride using full rail caving turns and progressive modern day longboard manoeuvres with the emphasis on radical surfing scoring a 7.17 to easily win the heat on 15.77 out of 20 and the highest scorer of the Surf Tech Open Men’s Professional. Mat Alderidge (Gold Coast) was lucky to progress in 2nd position after creasing his brand new Wayne Deane model after paddling out and luckily had a back up board on the beach to score a 6 point ride at the end of the heat and qualify for the quarter finals along with Constable. “It was really tough out there”, said Constable the man they call the Terminator from Noosa, “but I am stoked to get a couple of good rides and make into the next round”, said Josh with a big smile on his face.

Tricky surfing conditions and a strong sweep made it hard for the guys in the first heat a really close result ensured with a close dual from the Sunshine Coast Harrison Roach who was runner up last year and the greatly improved Bryce Young, 18, (Yamba) and son of Nat Young. Bryce got off to an early start with a 7.93, the second single highest score of the day, to take an early lead until Harrison counted that with a 7 point ride to narrowly take the heat. Final scores were Harrison 12.83 out of 20, Bryce Young 12.06 out of 20.

In Heat 2, 2006 Malfunction winner and the current Australian Longboard Champion, Harley Ingleby also found conditions tricky but managed to pull off a win with a pair of 6’s and 12.23 out of 20 points in a low scoring heat to win from Byron Bay’s Michael Black on 8.96.

Heat 3, the closest heat of the morning was an all NSW affair. Defending Champion Dane Pioli (Wollongong) started the heat with a 6.33 but struggled to find his second ride, meanwhile Kevin Holt (Wollongong) was holding onto the lead and then from out of the blue came Ray Lawrence (Batemans Bay) in what turned out to be an under-dog win. Lawrence was trailing in 3rd position but in the last 5 minutes of the heat picked up his two scoring rides, a 6.04 and then with seconds remaining a 5.27 to move from 3rd into 1st and take the heat from his fellow NSW team mates in what turned out to be the closest heat of the day. Final scores: Lawrence 11.67, Pioli, 11.33, Holt 10.56.

Heat 5 was won by perennial professional longboard rider the colourful Grant “GT” Thomas (Noosa) who also found conditions to be tough only scoring a couple of low scores, “but it was enough to get me through the heat”, said Thomas. Claiming second position and a spot in Saturday’s quarter finals was the first international qualifier Brazil’ Under 19 National Champion Roger Barros.

Heat 6, Currumbin’s Jackson Close rated 5th in the World, also scored a win to qualify for the quarter fin

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