KINGSCLIFF, Australia (Saturday, April 26, 2008) - Noosa’s Josh Constable and Harley Ingleby qualify for Sunday’s Surftech Mens Professional (WLQS) Final.
Dalmeny Point Ray Lawrence (South Batemans Bay, NSW) qualifies for Surftech Mens Professional (WLQS) Final.
Chelsea Williams top scorer in Surftech Womens Professional (WLQS) semi’s and now the favourite to defend her title.
The beautiful fine and sunny weather continued at Kingscliff in front of the Cudgen Surf Club for Day 4 which is the second last day of competition before Sunday (tomorrow) finals. Offshore surfing conditions throughout the morning on 1 metre south east swell started to deteriorate in the afternoon due to a light onshore north east sea breeze, but the waves staying quite contestable and high scores achievable.
In the high profile Surftech Mens Professional (WLQS) Coffs Harbour’s Harley Ingleby set the pace in the first semi final with an 8.17 point ride while his Noosa rival Josh Constable stuck to his consistent wave plan with a 7 point ride on his first wave and quickly backed that up with a 7.83 to hold the lead while Ingleby sat patiently waiting for his second wave.
Meanwhile, Tweed Coast’s Heath Norrish was sitting in second position but in the dying minute of an intense semi final battle, Ingleby who was sitting in third place needed a 4.5 to overtake Norrish for second and Ingleby managed to stroke into a buzzer wave and scoring 5.53 to claim second right at the end of the heat and eliminating Norrish in third position and out of the competition.
In Semifinal 2 of the Surftech Mens Professional (WLQS) event was another boil over by the Danger Man from Dameny Point Ray Lawrence (South Batemans Bay) who has been something of a dark horse in this event winning both his quarter and semi final heats from fellow NSW State Teams rider Dane Pioli, the defending champion of the Hyundai Malfunction Surfing Festival.
Jared Neale (Sapphire Beach, Coffs Harbour) struggled to find his earlier good form bowing out in third and a disappointing fourth for Seb Wilson (Noosa), both out of the competition. Pioli had to settle for second position again in the semi’s when Lawrence top scored with an 8.33, which was the second highest score in the mens semi’s and therefore both advancing through to the finals. Lawrence the Giant Killer of the event has qualified for his first ever ASP Professionally rated Open Mens Longboard Final.
The Surftech Mens Professional WLQS (2 Star) Semi Final Results:
Semi 1: 1st Josh Constable (14.83), 2nd Harley Ingleby (13.07), 3rd Heath Norrish (10.07), 4th Jess Jerrems (9.27)
Semi 2: 1st Ray Lawrence (14.06), 2nd Dane Pioli (13.83), 3rd Jared Neale (12.55), 4th Seb Wilson (10.06)
The Surftech Mens Professional WLQS (2 Star) finalists for Sunday 2pm:
Josh Constable (QLD), Harley Ingleby (NSW), Ray Lawrence (NSW), Dane Pioli (NSW).
Defending womens champion and rated number 3 in the world, Chelsea Williams, is Australia’s highest rated women professional longboard rider, dominated the first semi final of the Surf Tech Womens Professional (WLQS) with 15.5 out of 20 and posted the single highest score of the womens competition to date with an 8.5 and her last ride of the semi final heat.
In semi 2, Byron Bay’s Tessa Davidson won with an 8.57 out of 20 from Rainbow Bay’s Selby Riddle on 6.93 out of 20.
The Surftech Womens Professional WLQS (2 Star) Semi Final Results:
Semi 1: 1st Chelsea Williams (15.05), 2nd Rosie Locke (10.27.), 3rd Georgia Young (8.01), 4th Kirsty Webster (6.77)
Semi 2: 1st Tessa Davidson (8.57), 2nd Selby Riddle (6.93), 3rd Emma Wilson (6.93), 4th Cyrstal Gersback (5.47)
The Surftech Womens Professional WLQS (2 Star) finalists for Sunday 1.30pm:
Chelsea Williams (NSW), Rosie Locke (QLD), Tessa Davidson (NSW), Selby Riddle (QLD)
The Hyundai Malfunction Surfing Festival 2008 will rap up at 3pm Sunday with a beach presentation and live entertainment to follow
For all video highlights of the Hyundai Malfunction Surfing Festival 2008 check Craig Halstead’s vision go to Surf Tab then Partners and the click Superbank Movies Gold Coast on www.GO211.com/u/craig .
For further information regarding heat draws, results, and photos check out www.malfunction.com.au or www.aspworldtour.com