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Champs drop in Day 2 of Australian Longboard Open

Jared Neal © Liquify Magazine




Australian Longboard Surfing Open

Tweed Coast, Australia
25 - 29 March 2015

Divisions greeted with perfect morning conditions for Day 2

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 March, 2015 - Current World Champions, Harley Ingleby and Chelsea Williams are both through to the semi-finals of the 2015 Australian Longboard Surfing Open.  Both competed in their sections with a preferable clean wave at Kingscliff, compared to yesterdays choppy and windy conditions.

A heavy rain saw the introduction to a perfect bank for both the WSL LQS Men’s and the Pretty Shady LQS Women’s longboarding events at the Australian Longboard Surfing Open today.

In the Men’s Qualifying Series, Saturday morning will prove to be hot competition in the water with two internationals - the former world champion Taylor Jenson (USA) against Edouard Delpero (FRA), current European champion and an Aussie stand-off, with Ruben Roxburgh (AUS) against Harley Ingleby (AUS).

The swell gave the competitors a slower pace and capabilities for a more refined performance, perfect conditions for the specialty divisions Noserider, Villa World Logger/Old Mal and Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club Retro.

Competitors included “the unofficial mayor of Kingscliff” Ray Gleaves, his son Cameron Gleaves, the prominent surfing identity Jay Phillips (President of the Snapper Rocks Boardriders) and Matt Aldrige, a past champion/local surf shop owner.

Dane Pioli, dominated the noseriders with hang five and hang ten combinations, in a perfect standing statue form at the edge of the board in what was a magnificent display of maneuvers.   Exceptionally impressive, was female longboarder Victoria Vegara, France leading the heat in the beginning with the males having to chase her.

Jenson, former world champion, was the happy heat winner of the Villa World Loggers proving to be a hard competitor for Ray Gleaves.

The following surfers will be advancing into the semi finals on Saturday morning-
Australian Longboard Surfing Open
WSL Mens LQS Semi-Finalists 
Ruben Roxburgh-Evans Head
Harley Ingleby- Emerald Beach
Taylor Jenson- California, USA
Edouard Delparo- France (Current European Longboard Champion)
WSL Womans LQS Semi-Finalists 
Victoria Vergara-France
Chelsea Williams- Kingscliff
Georgia Young-WA
Karina Rozunko-WA

Fluro Friday will feature on Friday from 6:30am NSW time, promoting ONEWAVE,  a non-profit surf community raising awareness for being in a funk, anything from depression, anxiety and bipolar. They let people know they are not alone, encourages them to get into the ocean, surf it out and talk about it.  So where your brightest Fluro gear and come on down to the Lions Park, next to the Cudgen Surf Life-Saving Club for a free BBQ breakfast.

The Alive & Cooking Show featuring James Reeson will be recording a live cooking segment at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel, the event hub, at 10:30am on Friday.  Reeson will be available for interview and will provide plenty of photo opportunities throughout the segment.

Will Hayden-Smith

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