Chris Davidson: that is style surfing

In a massive contrast, Tasmania’s wild west coast changed from yesterdays stormy freezing onshore coastline to an idyllic offshore and even cold sunny day with great waves as the quarter finalists were decided at the Association of Surfing Professionals 6-Star rated O’Neill Cold Water Classic.

The biggest upset of the day was the defeat of defending event champion Jordy Smith (Sth Africa) who impressed all by easily winning his early heat but then went down to Marco Giorgi (Uruguay) in his round of 26 heat.

Giorgi joins internationals Roydon Brysen (Sth Africa), Wigolly Dantas (Brazil) , Richard Christie (NZ) and Maxime Huscenot (France) through to the quarter finals.

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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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