Australian Longboard Surfing Open
Kingscliff, NSW Australia
25 - 27 March, 2016
All of the national and international visitors will enjoy world class waves at Kingscliff
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 March, 2016 - The Australian Longboard Surfing Open is barrelling towards us over the 25th to 27th March weekend. Surf forecasts predict the event can expect an excellent 3ft plus swell over this coming Easter long weekend.
Local surfer, and former Kingscliff Board riding Club President Dean Bevan commented "the bank at Kingscliff is the best in 30 years." Bevan continued “For all of the national and international visitors coming, they will enjoy world class waves. I've been surfing it heaps lately and the sand bank is as good as the super bank”.
With 3 to 5ft waves expected in coming days this has generated a lot of local interest from local surfers looking to enter the contest as well.
With an influx of local surfers now entering, excited by the prospect of surfing the barrels being produced on the shallow sand bank. Local Anthony Smith said he had caught 8 barrels in one session this week as he put in his entry for the SUP division of the event.
This year the event boasts the largest amount of female international competitors seen at the event contesting the Cancer Institute Women's LQS division with current World Champion, Rachael Tilly from the USA.
The 17 yr old is competing with world # 3 Chloe Calmon who is a soap star in her native Brazil when she is not on tour. They alongside others from Japan, Hawaii and France been seen practising on the bank in recent days.
Not to be outdone by the calibre of ladies entered in the competition the line up of men in the Volte Wetsuits Men's LQS is no less impressive.
The event sees the 2 times world champion Harley Ingleby from Emerald Beach, 2 times World Champion Taylor Jensen and defending champion heading the list of men.
They will be joined in the lineup by Dane Pioli who has won this event at Kingscliff 3 times, the rising stars of Australia longboarding Nic Jones, Jack Entwistle, other world rated surfers Jared Neal, Ruben Roxburgh both NSW and World Rating #25 Shohei Akimoto from Japan.
With barrelling waves and many of the worlds best longboarders competing expect to see a mixture of traditional style hang tens, combined with progressive manoeuvres and even longboard dancing from Australian surfer/dancer Kristy Quirk.
Ray Gleave, Dean Bevan and Dane Pioli are a few of the local guys stoking for the event this year and will be great to see out there in the pristine waves.