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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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Jensen To Take On Aussie Assault In Final Of Australian Longboard Surfing Open
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 March, 2012 : - - Kingscliff -- World Champion Taylor Jensen (California, USA) is facing an Australian assault in tomorrow’s final 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 a tricky 1-2ft (.5 metre) swell, Jensen reached the final after finishing second in his semi-final and will meet three Australians in the decider. In the final, Jensen takes on Nic Jones (Buderim, QLD), Harley Ingleby (Emerald Beach, NSW) and Dane Wilson (Coolum, QLD). Ingleby (16.66) was the form surfer in the semi-finals taking early control of his heat with a 7.83 and 8.83 to beat Wilson (13.57), whose classic, fluent style has taken the Sunshine Coast surfer all the way to the final.
In the first semi-final, Jones, another Sunshine Coast surfer, locked in an early 8.17 but was forced to trade the lead several times with Jensen before taking the heat 15.17 to 14.84. In a busy day of finals for Wilson, he will also appear in the SUP Pro final and Noserider final.
In the women’s LQS division, Chelsea Williams (Tweed Heads, NSW) will carry the local hopes in the final when she meets 2010 World Champion Jennifer Smith (California, USA) and Hawaiians Crystal Dzigas and Candice Appleby.
Williams and Smith have been going head-to-head throughout the event, with Smith again prevailing in their semi-final 15.33 to 10.14. Williams managed to find the only barrel of the day when she decided to take a rare left on the inside.
In the second semi-final, the super-stylish Dzigas scored an early 7.67 as the swell dropped to take the heat over Appleby 12.20 to 10.83. Competition also continued in the Amateur Women, 9ft Amateur, Over 40s, Over 50s, Under 18s, Noserider, Sup Pro and Sup Amateur divisions.
Green Aussie Cleaner Pro Men Semi-Finals:
HEAT 1: Nic Jones (AUS) 15.17, Taylor Jensen (USA) 14.84, Thomas Kibblewhite (NZL) 11.34, Ben Dickens (AUS) 10.80
HEAT 2: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 16.66, Dane Wilson (AUS) 13.57, Ray Lawrence (AUS) 13.04, Heath Norrish (AUS) 9.80
Green Aussie Cleaner Pro Men Final:
Nic Jones (AUS), Taylor Jensen (USA), Harley Ingleby (AUS), Dane Wilson (AUS)
Cancer Institute NSW Pro Women Semi-Finals:
HEAT 1: Jennifer Smith (USA) 15.33, Chelsea Williams (AUS) 10.14, Wini Paul (NZL) 9.27, Geodee Clark (HAW) 8.00
HEAT 2: Crystal Dzigas (HAW) 12.20, Candice Appleby (HAW) 10.83, Nava Young (AUS) 9.23, Lucy Small (AUS) 2.60
Cancer Institute NSW Pro Women Final:
Jennifer Smith (USA), Chelsea Williams (AUS), Crystal Dzigas (HAW), Candice Appleby (HAW)
Illusions Noosa SUP Pro Men Semi-Finals:
HEAT 1: Beau Nixon (AUS) 15.00, Geoff Breen (AUS) 12.53, Lincoln Dews 8.80, Justin Holland (AUS) 8.77
HEAT 2: Dane Wilson (AUS) 14.10, Jackson Close (AUS)10.50, Noel Graham (AUS) 9.17, Anthony Vela (USA) 7.37
Illusions Noosa SUP Pro Men Final:
Beau Nixon, Dane Wilson, Geoff Breen, Jackson Close
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
• 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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Source: Surfing Australia
Author: Tim Brimblecombe
Tags: Longboard, Australian Longboard Surfing Open, Kingscliff