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Australian Longboard Surfing Open

As the only World Surf League  sanctioned longboard event on Australia's east coast it features heavily in the North Coast Destination Network Sport Tourism Strategy. The event has the full support of the Tweed Community, Tweed Shire Council and Tourism operators in the region. It also has the support of the North Coast’s large scale cooperative marketing program – The Legendary Pacific Coast and the Cancer Institute of NSW.

 

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Comradery and Easter spirit is enjoyed at the Australian Longboard Surfing Open

 

Crowd cheers, comradery and a good Easter spirit completed a fantastic event in Kingscliff this weekend. The morning Easter egg hunt alongside the Shannon’s Classic Car show was a great start to Easter Sunday, rain holding off and glassy waves 2-3ft high.

The ALSO event finals, held on the 3rd day of this longboard surfing event, included the Cancer Institute of Women’s NSW LQS Final and the Volte Wetsuits LQS NSW Men’s final.

 

Brazil’s Chloe Calmon dominated the final with top scores of a 7.17 & 6.17. Showing great control on her back hand and with excellent wave selection, she was able to take out the best couple of waves of the final and shine through. Chloe Calmon became this year’s Australian Longboard Surfing Open deserving champion, taking out the World Champion Rachael Tilly.

 

In the Men’s Volte Wetsuits LQS Finals, in the end it came down to two competitors Harley Ingleby and Taylor Jensen going wave to wave, with a series of high performance and progressive manoeuvres equally balanced with traditional nose riding. The level of surfing was outstanding and it was Taylor Jensen who came ahead at the end for a convincing win.

 

Ray Gleaves the ‘Unofficial Mayor of Kingscliff’, surfed the Pacific Longboarder Magazine’s 050’s final and managed to score a 15.33 point combined heat total. The next best in this final, which was a 6 man final, was 8.8. Ray Gleave showing a total understanding of the wave and conditions here at Kingscliff, he surfs here quite a lot, showing off a six pack this sultan of smooth did a great job.

An intense program for Coolangatta’s, Dane Pioli, blitzed the field in the Logger final with an exceptional demonstration of traditional longboarding leaving the water with 2 minutes to go in order to prepare and swap boards for the Men’s Pro final. Dane ended up half way through the final changing back to his traditional board finding the heavier board favoured the small wave conditions. Dane finished a great morning for first in the Logger and third in the Volte Wetsuits Men’s Pro final.

 

O40’s final, Mick Jackson with 12.5 points found a couple of waves, as did Michael Kennedy but it was a bit slow for the rest of the competitors. Mick coming out clean for the win.

This year’s U18’s men’s event sponsored by Rip Curl, saw Japanese competitor, Masaya Tsukamoto win. He has been a fantastic person to see around the event with a big smile on his face and carrying around an air of happiness the whole time. Masaya travelled all the way from Japan along with another four Japanese competitors, including Hiroka Yoshikawa. Hiroka’s smooth style in the Cancer Institute of Women’s LQS NSW final, had her come in second place. Impressive beautiful nose rides, all of her toes hanging over as she demonstrated grace and outshone the current World Champion who received third place, Rachael Tilly.

 

The Schremmer sisters, Lola and Scarlett came up against one another in the U18’s girls, Lola managed to scrape through with a win and a happy manner. The winners kept coming with local Dean Bevan in the 8ft final he managed to almost double the score of the next best surfer, a 15 point total. A fantastic display, caught 6 waves any three would have replaced the scores of most of the other competitors. The Crowd showed a lot of supporters here at Kingscliff for Dean.

 

 

A great event was had by all, internationally seen with a world-wide broadcast. We thank the volunteers and support from our Sponsors this year. We honestly feel the event was a success and look forward to next year.

 

Australian Longboard Surfing Open

As the only World Surf League  sanctioned longboard event on Australia's east coast it features heavily in the North Coast Destination Network Sport Tourism Strategy. The event has the full support of the Tweed Community, Tweed Shire Council and Tourism operators in the region. It also has the support of the North Coast’s large scale cooperative marketing program – The Legendary Pacific Coast and the Cancer Institute of NSW.

 

Ph: 0414 569208 | Int: 61 414 569208 Email: honehek9@gmail.com

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