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Big names tumble at the Australian Lonboard Open
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Australian Longboard Surfing Open
Presented by Surftech

ASP Men's & Women's LQS event
Kingscliff, New South Wales
21 - 25 March 2012

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Constable & Pioli drop out in the small, inconsistent conditions

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 March, 2012 : - - Former World Champion Josh Constable (Peregian Beach, AUS) and three-time event champion Dane Pioli (Tweed Heads, AUS) were the big name casualties from the quarter-finals of the Australian Longboard Surfing Open presented by Surftech at Kingscliff, in northern New South Wales. The prestigious event features both men’s and women’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) divisions with $20,000 total prize money.

In an inconsistent 3ft (1 metre) swell, Constable struggled to find scoring waves to finish last in his four-man quarter-final, while Pioli’s shot at another Kingscliff title also ended with a fourth. World Champion Taylor Jensen (California, USA) and Dane Wilson (Coolum Beach, AUS) were the form surfers both locking in heat scores of 15.00 to advance to the semi-finals.

Other winners were impressive New Zealander Thomas Kibblewhite (Auckland) and former World Champion Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach, AUS), who was also facing elimination before catching a late heat-winning wave in the final minute. Wilson said wave selection proved critical in the changing tide.

“With the tide changing it made it quite difficult but I decided early to sit a bit wider and try and get some of the medium sized ones which were linking through to the inside,” Wilson said. “At Kingscliff, there are usually two to three peaks and it always looks better down the line so you just have to be patient. “Also my style is a lot more traditional with the noseriding and drop-knee turns so I had to maximise every wave.”

In the women’s LQS division, 2010 World Champion Jennifer Smith (California, USA) and Chelsea Williams (Tweed Heads, AUS) will return to battle it out in the semi-final after going head-to-head in the quarter-final with Smith prevailing 12.27 to 12.20.

In the other quarter-finals, victories went to Wini Paul (NZL), Candice Appleby (HAW) and Crystal Dzigas (HAW).
Competition also continued in the Scales Seafood 9ft Amateur, Over 40s and Over 50s.

Green Aussie Cleaner Pro Men Quarter-Finals:
HEAT 1: 15.00 Taylor Jensen (USA) 15.00, Nic Jones (AUS) 14.10, Beau Nixon (AUS) 11.50, Dane Pioli (AUS) 11.17
HEAT 2: Thomas Kibblewhite (NZL) 13.43, Ben Dickens (AUS) 10.60, Ruben Roxburgh (AUS) 10.43, Jared Neal (AUS) 7.97
HEAT 3: Dane Wilson (AUS) 15.00, Ray Lawrence (AUS) 12.30, Matt Aldridge (AUS) 12.16, Josh Constable (AUS) 8.00
HEAT 4: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 12.66, Heath Norrish (AUS) 12.10, Scott Channon (AUS) 9.36, Patrick O'Leary (AUS) 5.59

Green Aussie Cleaner Pro Men Semi-Finals:
HEAT 1: Taylor Jensen (USA), Nic Jones (AUS), Thomas Kibblewhite (NZL), Ben Dickens (AUS)
HEAT 2: Dane Wilson (AUS), Ray Lawrence (AUS), Harley Ingleby (AUS), Heath Norrish (AUS)

Cancer Institute NSW Pro Women Quarter-Finals:
HEAT 1: Jennifer Smith (USA) 12.27, Chelsea Williams (AUS) 12.20, Tessa Davidson (AUS) 8.60, Lisa Nicholson (AUS) 4.70
HEAT 2: Wini Paul (NZL) 11.57, Geodee Clark (HAW) 10.30, Rosie Locke (AUS) 8.16, Kirsty Webster (AUS) 6.07
HEAT 3: Candice Appleby (HAW) 10.93, Lucy Small (AUS) 9.73, Melissa Combo (AUS) 8.26, Georgia Young (AUS) 8.17
HEAT 4: Crystal Dzigas (HAW) 10.67, Nava Young (AUS) 10.07, Claire Norman (AUS) 7.70, Sam Egan (AUS) 6.36

Cancer Institute NSW Pro Women Semi-Finals:
HEAT 1: Jennifer Smith (USA), Chelsea Williams (AUS), Wini Paul (NZL), Geodee Clark (HAW)
HEAT 2: Candice Appleby (HAW), Lucy Small (AUS), Crystal Dzigas (HAW), Nava Young (AUS)

About Australian Longboard Surfing Open: The Australian Longboard Surfing Open the 2012 event will be staged from 21st - 25th March at Kingscliff NSW Australia. It is set to take Australian Longboard Surfing to a new level of fun and entertainment with ASP LQS Men's & Women's divisions, a noserider event, SUP Surfing & Racing and amateur surfing divisions. On the land there will be a music festival, lifestyle market stalls, art, cooking demonstration by Eoin Shoemark, head chef from the award winning Fins Restaurant at Salt, and movies.

The 2012 Australian Longboard Surfing Open presented by Surftech is proudly supported by Tweed Shire Council, Destination NSW, Green Aussie Cleaner, Cancer Institute NSW, Australian Longboarding Magazine, Pacific Longboarder, ASP Australasia and Mohawk Wax. The 2012 Australian Longboard Surfing Open caters for surfers of all ages and abilities. The surfing divisions for the event are:

• Association of Surfing Professionals Longboard Qualifying Series for Men & Women
• Amateur Men & Women
• 8ft Boards
• Under 18
• Over 40's
• Over 50's
• Retro Boards
• Old Mals
• Noserider
• SUP Surfing Men & Women
• The auxiliary activities for the event area
• SUP Races
• High Performance Surf Coaching
• Entry Level Surf & SUP Clinics
• Surf Vehicle Display
• Lifestyle Markets
• Surf Music
• Surf Movies
• Bikini Parade
• Surf Art Display
• Seafood Cooking Demonstration

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Previous reports:
# 1 : Australian Longboard Surfing Open kicks off Wednesday
# 2 : Champs rally as Australian Longboard Open kicks off
# 3 : SUP pace set at Australian Longboard Surfing Open
# 4 : Coming soon


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Source: Surfing Australia

Author: Tim Brimblecombe

Tags: Longboard, Australian Longboard Surfing Open, Kingscliff

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