LOCAL SURFERS DOMINATE AMATEUR DIVISIONS
Surfers, judges and officials got through a mammoth day of competition on day 3 of the Australian Longboard Surfing Open at Kingscliff on Friday.
Light winds and a 2ft east swell greeted surfers as the competition swept through the first rounds of the 8ft Open, 9ft amateurs, O40’s, O50’s, O60’s, Retro, amateur women’s and Old Mal divisions.
Locals dominated the 9ft amateurs early with Joel Tilley (Tweed), Ben Johnson (Banora Point) and Tony Rae (Casuarina) proving that local knowledge is priceless in shifting conditions.
Johnson was especially outstanding also winning his heat in the 8ft division as well as finishing 2nd in his Retro heat.
16yr old Jordan Griffin (Mt Maunganui, NZ) was the exception to the local’s dominance mastering the tricky conditions to take an important heat win.
“I started the heat way too far up the bank and left myself with 10 minutes to scramble something together but I got a few runners and got through with the win,” said Griffin.
Griffin has come across from NZ with professional surfer Thomas Kibblewhite and is focused on proving that age is no barrier against his older, more experienced opponents.
Kingscliff surfer Ray Gleave really cemented his local egend status today adding to his wins in the SUP division semi finals yesterday with a win in the O50’s and a 2nd in the Old Mal semi final.
“There wasn’t too much pressure in that last one; I’ve just had a really good run so far in the tournament. It definitely does help having local knowledge as the waves aren’t always breaking in the same spot. ”
The 54 year old former 3x Australian Champion and former runner up world champion is looking as fit as ever and contributes that to his love of surfing.
“It’s no secret really but the best way to stay in shape and on top of your surfing is to just keep on surfing whenever you get the opportunity. I’m loving it as much as ever,” said Gleave.
****Tomorrow the competition is set to ramp up significantly with the return of both the men’s and women’s LQS divisions featuring current World Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA), 2009 World Champion Harley Ingleby (AUS) and Women’s World No 5 Georgia Young (AUS).
***And it’s not all just the surfing with the tournament featuring a potential historic attempt to break the world record for the most surfers on a single wave around 12pm as well as live cooking demonstrations, an SUP clinic, a team’s challenge, live music and a bikini parade down by the beach on Saturday.
PACIFIC FINANCE 8FT OPEN SEMI FINALS
HEAT 1- 1ST Ben Johnson 11.17, 2nd Joel Tilley 11.67, 3rd Ian Pearson 9.83, 4th Ray Lawrence 8.20
HEAT 2- 1st Dean Bevan 13.50, 2nd Damien Farago 11.44, 3rd Anthony McCulloch 10.20, 4th Michael Cottier 5.26, 5th Neal Snelling 0.60
SCALES 9FT AMATEUR RD 1
HEAT 1- 1st Joel Tilley 9.60, 2nd Anthony McCulloch 9.37
HEAT 2- 1ST Ben Johnson 12.90, 2nd Josh Munro 11.17, 3rd Mike Wilman 6.96, 4th Robert McLucas 6.56
HEAT 3-1ST Tony Rae 10.70, 2nd Scotty Channon 8.13, 3rd Matheus Santos 6.30, 4th Cliff Dredge 5.40, 5th Mark Dening 4.96
HEAT 4- 1ST Jordan Griffin 11.83, 2nd Damien Farago 10.33, 3rd Neal Snelling 3.17
SUMMERLAND CREDIT UNION O40’S SEMI FINALS
HEAT 1- 1st Danny O Brien 12.40, 2nd Mike Wilman 9.14, 3rd Robert McLucas 8.10, 4th Tony Rae 7.47
HEAT 2- 1ST Nigel Cantebury 9.03, 2nd Jay Carter 8.86, 3rd Trevor Skinner 8.06, 4th Tom Bennetts 7.27
OVER 50’S ROUND 1
HEAT 1- 1ST Albie Curtis 12.50, 2nd David Storck 9.66, 3rd Mick Grett 6.73
HEAT 2- 1st Gary Burden 12.00, 2nd Robin Yates 8.50, 3rd Storm Carter 7.10
HEAT 3- 1ST Ian Pearson 11.34, 2nd Warwick Clarke 1.00
HEAT 4 – 1ST Ray Gleave 9.34, 2nd Kerry Gill 4.13
RETRO ROUND 1
HEAT 1-1ST Tony Rae 14.00, 2nd Ben Johnson 11.47, 3rd Michael Cottier 8.43
HEAT 2- 1ST Nicholas Farago 12.34, 2nd Andrew Grantham 9.36
HEAT 3- 1ST Josh Munro 9.76, 2nd Ray Lawrence 9.26, 3rd Kerry Gill 4.70
HEAT 4 -1ST Luke Layory 14.07, 2nd Matt Aldridge 10.60, 3rd Marty Cole 7.43
BAJA CANTINA AMATEUR WOMEN SEMI FINALS
HEAT 1- 1ST Kathryn Hughes 9.36, 2nd Pippie Simpson 9.00, 3rd Suzi McCallister 3.57
HEAT 2-1ST Sam Vanderford 10.64, 2nd Lisa Nicholson 8.90, 3rd Louise Jeffs 2.27
OLD MAL SEMI FINALS
HEAT 1- 1ST Michael Cottier 11.50, 2nd Dion Harriss 6.40
HEAT 2- 1ST Joel Tilley 11.00, 2nd Ray Gleave 10.00, 3rd NealSnelling 1.53
WORLD CHAMP TAYLOR JENSEN GIVES OUT A MASTERCLASS AT DAY 1 OF THE AUSTRALIAN LONGBOARD OPEN OF SURFING
With challenging 2ft waves and shifting winds on offer, surfers really had to rely on smart wave selection and some creative surfing for day one at the Australian Longboard Surfing Open at Kingscliff, NSW.
Current world champion, Taylor Jensen (USA), excelled in the tricky conditions cruising through his round 1 heat and absolutely destroying his opponents in their quarter final scoring an amazing near-perfect hear score of 19.57, the highest heat score of the day.
“It’s funny but the waves that look good aren’t really that good, the smaller ones kind of double up and run further so I just looked for those runners and I found two of them and it worked out,” said Jensen.
Japanese surfer Shohei Akimoto also advanced to the semi finals in second behind Jensen.
Former world champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach, NSW) looked unstoppable all day posting two big heat wins to also advance through to the semi finals.
Ingleby held off local surfer Jackson Close (Tweed Heads, AUS) who scored four waves over 7.00 in an entertaining affair where the waves turned on for all surfers.
“That was a really close heat! It’s always a really tough draw at the Australian Open, the world champ (Jensen) has set the bar pretty high but of course it’s my goal to win it,” said Ingleby.
Yallingup surfer Justin Redman (AUS) was the last surfer of the day to win through to the semis alongside Ray Lawrence (AUS) finishing 1st and 2nd in their quarter final.
Redman who has managed to sneak under the radar so far surfed two smart heats in slow conditions but is focused on achieving a big result.
“Pretty stoked to get through, I’ve made it to a few semis here before but never a final so I’m definitely focused on making that final!”
In the Cancer Institute ASP LQS Women’s event, World No 5 and the highest ranked surfer in the draw, Georgia Young, snuck through in a low-scoring affair over Samantha Suendemann (AUS) and Kirsty Webster (AUS) (2nd and 3rd respectively).
“It was a tough heat, I wasn’t where I wanted to be sitting for that heat but I managed to get one good wave and an ok backup which is all I needed in the end. The bank is there but it’s a challenge just finding those really good ones that allow you to link up a few manoeuvres but I managed to sneak through,” said Young.
Young will face Crystal Dzigas (HAW) who won her heat comfortably as well as Rosie Locke (AUS) and Suendemann in the first semi final on Saturday.
The pros will enjoy a few days off now with the Noserider, SUP Pro Surf and Illusions SUP Amateur Surf divisions hitting the water tomorrow.
MENS RD OF 24
HEAT 1- 1st- Taylor Jensen 15.47, 2nd-John Mcdonald 8.07, 3rd- Kimihiko Nishizaki 6.50
HEAT 2- 1st- Shane Morton 12.66, 2nd- Patrick O’Leary 9.27, 3rd- Michael Cottier 7.04
HEAT 3-1ST Jared Neal 13.27, 2nd Shohei Akimoto 11.27, 3rd Dane Pioli 9.00
HEAT 4- 1st Thomas Kibblewhite 10.50, 2nd Beau Nixon 8.5, 3rd Tony Silvagni 8.47
HEAT 5- 1st Harley Ingleby 13.60, 2nd Justin Redman 12.60, Clinton Guest 8.63
HEAT 6-1st Matt Aldridge 10.76, 2nd Heith Norrish 10.17, 3rd Michael Young 8.63
HEAT 7-1st Ray Lawrence 11.83, 2nd Nick Fargo 9.57, 3rd Jack Entwistle 9.34
HEAT 8- 1ST Nic Jones 14.20, 2nd Jackson Close 11.93, 3rd Lawrence Harkness 10.24
Q1- 1st Taylor Jensen 19.57, 2nd Shohei Akimoto 13.10, 3rd Beau Nixon 11.83, 4th Shane Morton 9.20
Q2- 1st- Thomas Kibblewhite 15.30, 2nd Jared Neal 15.00, 3rd John Mcdonald 12.64, 4th Patrick O Leary 10.27
Q3- 1st Harley Ingleby 16.04, 2nd Jackson Close 15.27, 3rd Matt Aldridge 11.03, 4th Nick Fargo 9.67
Q4- 1st Justin Redman 11.67, 2nd Ray Lawrence 11.33, 3rd Heith Norrish 11.03, 4th Nic Jones 10.23
Q1- 1ST Georgia Young 12.24, 2nd Samantha Suendermann 8.60, 3rd Kirsty Webster 8.07
Q2- 1st Crystal Dzigas 15.67, 2nd Rosie Locke 10.63, 3rd Hiroka Yoshikawa 9.80, 4th Roisin Carolan 6.90
Q3- 1st Alice Melissa Limoi 11.40, 2nd Erin Dark 9.33, 3rd Claire Norman 8.1, 4th Wen Ling Chou 5.60
Q4- 1st Melissa Combo 11.26, 2nd Fernanda Daichtman 10.9, 3rd Geodee Clark 7.17, 4th Lucy Small 6.60
Some of the world’s best Women’s Longboarders are preparing to descend on Kingscliff from March 20-24 to contest Australian Longboard Surfing Open and gain valuable qualifying points in the 2013 ASP LQS (Longboard Qualifying Series).
Australia’s number one ranked ASP competitor, Georgia Young (WA), will be looking to improve upon her disappointing equal 13th position in 2012 and is looking forward to surfing Kingscliff again.
“I've surfed Kingscliff quite a lot over the last few years, and it's a great wave. It can be a little tricky when it's big, but if you pick off the right wave it's a perfect right hander that offers a few different sections. It's a great comp. It's fantastic to have LQS divisions for both men and women, as well as
the amateur and retro divisions. It pulls together a really good crew of surfers and makes for a fun event,” said Young.
Young will face some stiff competition for the title and is up against some of the world’s best longboarders including World No 5, Hiroka Yoshikawa (JPN), and =No 13 Crystal Dzigas (HAW) and Wen Ling Chou (TPE).With the high calibre of surfers in the event the Australian Longboard Open is proud to announce the Cancer Institute NSW as a major sponsor of the ASP LQS Woman's Division.
This is the 3rd time the Cancer Institute NSW has sponsored this division.
"We are proud to have the Cancer Institute NSW sponsor this division for the 3rd time. This support enables Australian surfers the opportunity to compete at the highest level in Australia against competitors from around the world. It also brings awareness of the dangers of exposure to the sun and how to minimise the risks of over exposure to the sun," said event director Sean McKeown.
March 12 NOT JUST A SURFING EVENT: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY AT AUSTRALIAN LONGBOARD OPEN The Australian Longboard Open of Surfing is not just your average surfing contest. It showcases some of the world’s best men including current world champion Taylor Jensen, former world For all those food lovers out there award winning Aussie chef, Steven Snow, from ‘Guide to the Good Life’ on Channel 7, will be showcasing a cooking BBQ exhibition on the beach on Saturday 23rd. On Thursday night at 8pm the multi-award winning action sports/environmental documentary ‘Last Paradise’ will have its East Coast premiere at the Cinemax Cinema in Kingscliff. You do The entertainment doesn’t stop there with the Beach Bar in Lions Park transforming into a For lovers of art and photography Pacific Longboard Magazine will be running a photographic competition over the course of the event for amateur photographers with great prizes for all ages For surfers, cars are a vital piece of ancillary equipment. Surfers have always used whatever they could get paws on to get them to the beach. From '38 Ford’s, to the Woody, from 64 EH Holden’s to mums taxi. All have been the symbol of surf transportation. During the event will be a display of super cool rides that will take pride of place in a specially reserved parking area in Other highlights of the Australian Longboard Surfing Open include a Guinness World Record Attempt for the most surfers on a single wave, book signings, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) racing, surfing clinics and more
champion Harley Ingleby, multiple Australian Champion Jackson Close and women longboarding superstars from Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Hawaii and of course our own Australian champions. The Open is also set to celebrate a whole range of cultural, artistic and culinary events throughout the week.
not want to miss this unique thought provoking, visual masterpiece!
concert venue over the weekend with a full line up of bands and musicians including Broadfoot, Matt Bruggy, Jason Kafoa, Fat Albert, The Real Deal and Moomoo Pappa.
including running the winning shots in their magazine. There will also be lifestyle stalls on display for the duration of the event.
Kingscliff. Assemble southern end of the Lions Park Kingscliff 9am Sunday 24th. A registration fee of $10 will apply with proceeds being donated to the Disabled Surfers Association.
NOT JUST A SURFING EVENT: SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY AT AUSTRALIAN LONGBOARD OPEN
The Australian Longboard Open of Surfing is not just your average surfing contest. It showcases some of the world’s best men including current world champion Taylor Jensen, former world
For all those food lovers out there award winning Aussie chef, Steven Snow, from ‘Guide to the Good Life’ on Channel 7, will be showcasing a cooking BBQ exhibition on the beach on Saturday 23rd.
On Thursday night at 8pm the multi-award winning action sports/environmental documentary ‘Last Paradise’ will have its East Coast premiere at the Cinemax Cinema in Kingscliff. You do
The entertainment doesn’t stop there with the Beach Bar in Lions Park transforming into a
For lovers of art and photography Pacific Longboard Magazine will be running a photographic competition over the course of the event for amateur photographers with great prizes for all ages
For surfers, cars are a vital piece of ancillary equipment. Surfers have always used whatever they could get paws on to get them to the beach. From '38 Ford’s, to the Woody, from 64 EH Holden’s to mums taxi. All have been the symbol of surf transportation. During the event will be a display of super cool rides that will take pride of place in a specially reserved parking area in
Other highlights of the Australian Longboard Surfing Open include a Guinness World Record Attempt for the most surfers on a single wave, book signings, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) racing, surfing clinics and more