Nic Jones: nice posing

Itwas ‘Super Saturday’ at the 2010 edition of the Hyundai Malfunction Surf Festival today, with sensational semi-final action at Kingscliff.

In easing 3ft peeling conditions, a mix of old, young, male and female competitors went head-to-head across several divisions in the race for all-important finals berths.

All up, 22 heats were completed on the penultimate day of competition.

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Keahi de Aboitiz: SUPer surfer

It was the ‘old boys’ turn at the Hyundai Malfunction Surf Festival today, with the Dukes Longboards over 50’s and the Robert August over 60’s competitors ripping it up at Kingscliff.

In 3-4ft conditions, the baby boomers of the Australian longboard scene promoted aloha spirit in the water, shredding the clean waves on offer with a mix of old-school tradition and new-age moves.

None better was the “King of Kingscliff” Ray Gleave, who blended some stylish nose-riding with a flurry of drop knee cutbacks to breeze through to the semi-finals of the over 50’s divisions.

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Kolohe Andino: still time to snap before the pier...

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 2-Star Vans Pier Classic presented by Jack’s Surfboards marched through Round 3 today and saw junior talent Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 16, lead the field by crushing some of the event’s top scores in three foot (1 metre) surf at South Huntington Beach Pier. Matt Costa (Waianae, HI), 16, stamped his authority as an early round standout in Ezekiel Pro Junior competition when he blasted the highest single-wave score of the event, a near perfect 9.60 out of 10 en route to his Round 2 heat victory.

Surfers competing in the ASP WQS event are looking to capture the valuable ratings points on offer to establish a top seed on the global series to eventually qualify for the ASP World Tour. Surfers competing in the ASP North America Pro Junior Series are looking to finish atop the regional ratings to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour.

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