KINGSCLIFF, Australia (Sunday, April 27, 2008_ - For the second year in a row, Dane Pioli (Eschol Park, Wollongong, NSW), 24 years old, and now based at Snapper Rocks (QLD), won the prestigious Surftech Men’s Professional (WLQS) final on 14 out of 20 points, in a high profile heat featuring Australian longboard champion Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour) who finished 2nd on 13.53 out of 20 points, and former world surfing champion Josh Constable (Noosa) in 3rd on 13.33 out of 20 points, and Delmaney Points Ray Lawrence (Batemans Bay) in 4th on 8.33 out of 20 points.
So close was the blue ribbon event of the 2008 Hyundai Malfunction Surfing Festival that only decimal points separated from 1st to 3rd in deteriorating onshore 2ft waves at Main Beach, Kingscliff. Josh Constable (Noosa) got off to an early lead with a 7.5 on his first ride. He quickly backed that up on his second ride with a 5.83 to extend his lead.
Harley Ingleby (Coffs Harbour) managed to overtake Josh coming up to the half way mark with a 6.17 for his first ride and then posted a 6.93 just before the half way make to take the lead. As he did last year Dane Pioli (Wollongong) waited patiently and with 10 minutes to go overtook his high profile rivals with an 8 point excellent ride to be in contention.
While Josh and Harley struggled to beat their scores, Pioli finished off with a 6 point ride to narrowly win his second year in a row Hyundai Malfunction Surfing Festival Surftech Mens Professional (WLQS) final.
Josh Constable after two ASP Australasia Pro Rated Longboard Events, with a win at Noosa and now second at Kingscliff leads the Australian Mens LQS Ratings. Dane Pioli has now moved into second and Harley Ingleby in third on the Australian Longboard Ratings.
Defending womens champion of the Hyundai Malfunction Surfing Festival, Chelsea Williams, 22 years (Tweed Coast, NSW), won the Surftech Womens Professional (WLQS) final. Australia’s number 1 womens longboard rider and rated 3rd in the world, did not drop a heat throughout the womens professional division. In a low scoring final Chelsea posted 9.33 out of 20 points to just out score Brisbane based Rosie Locke on 8.73 out of 20 placing second. Selby Riddle of Rainbow Bay (Qld) on 8 points out of 20 finished third and former Kingscliff girl now based in Byron Bay, Tessa Davidson fourth on 6.9 out of 20 points.
Surftech Women’s Professional WLQS FINAL
1- Chelsea Williams (NSW) 9.33
2- Rosie Locke (QLD) 8.73
3- Selby Riddle (QLD) 8.00
4- Tessa Davidson (NSW) 6.90
Surftech Men’s Professional WLQS FINAL
1- Dane Piolo (NSW) 14.00
2- Harley Ingleby (NSW) 13.53
3- Josh Constable (QLD) 13.33
4- Ray Lawrence (NSW) 8.33
For all video highlights of the Hyundai Malfunction Surfing Festival 2008 check Craig Halstead’s vision on www.go211.com/u/craig
For further information regarding heat draws, results, and photos check out www.malfunction.com.au and www.aspworldtour.com (ASPWORLDTOUR:10532)