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Malfunction maestros

Tweed Daily News

THE biggest longboard event in the country has kicked off and the Coffs Coast's world-class longboarder Harley Ingelby started his week in style in the pumping four- to five-foot swell.

An easterly swell, courtesy of tropical cyclone Jasper, and a big high pressure system pushing in southerly winds and pumping waves at Kingscliff, perfect conditions for the opening event of the Malfunction which showcased the longboarding gents performing on retro short boards (pre 1981) before turning the clock back even further for the Old Mal (pre 1968) event.

The early '80s models that hit the waves were short, thick and chunky and were made prior to the three-fin thruster modern surfboard of today.

Ingleby, a star of Emerald Beach, was on fire scoring an 8.5 to easily win his semi-final from 16-year-old Kingscliff local Mitchell James while in the other semi Newcastle's Jye Byrnes scored an excellent ride on his last wave to outpoint North Haven's Ian Bell.

First and second from the semi's qualified for Sundays final.

While Sunday's final should provide plenty of fun, Ingleby has his eyes firmly on the main prize which is the Surf Tech World Professional men's title and a slice of the US$7000 prizemoney as well as the lion's share of the valuable LQS ratings points up for grabs.