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April, 2011

Maljam attracts the World’s Best

The Four Elements/Roger Ward Curly Maljam Pro has been successful in recruiting some of the best longboarders in the world to compete on April the 30th at Curl Curl Beach, Sydney. The one day Event that is offering $12,000 in cash and prizes will be highlight on the Long board Calendar and a celebration of the evolution of this genre of surfing over the last sixty years.

This unique Event will feature the three disciplines of longboard, or Malibu surfing, as it has developed over the latter decades of the twentieth century into the twenty first century into one of the most respected and participated division in the montage of modern surfing. The growth of the sport from the fifteen foot toothpicks,the  traditional log and the high performance hot dogger will be on display for all to see on this highly anticipated day on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The Toothpick Division is by invitation only and out in the water will be some surfing greats in the form of Sean Dry from Curly, Matt Fleming from Manly, Andrew Callaghan from Freshwater. This is lining up to be a ferocious event with the forecast wave size estimated to be between four and six feet. What a sight it will be to see these monster boards from the 1940’s and 1950’s grace the waves in competition mode with these great riders pitting their knowhow and courage against the challenge of the surf and demands of a surf craft that demand every ounce of tenacity and skill.

The logger, or the surfers that ride the replica boards from the 1960’s, are well represented at this Meeting and will be vying for the top prize of $2,000. Isaac Field, a multiple winner at State and Australian Contests is regarded as the pre meet favorite and as such will be a huge draw card. The amazing Isabelle Braley who is the only woman to enter this event made the final of the National Old Malibu Titles in 2010 against the guys –Isabelle will also compete in the Open Women’s Division. Matt Chojnacki from Longreef will be keen to win the Logger Crown in his own backyard and is regarded as top contender. The other log specialists include Jack Lynch who is travelling down from Scott’s Head and regarded as one of the best.. Another hot performer is the highly respected Harrison Roach who will travel all the way from the Sunshine Coast. Paul O’Grady is one of the great stylists of traditional and modern longboarding and to see him on the water in the logger and over 50’s events will be sight to behold. Kai Ellis – Flint, who only just turned sixteen, surfs this form of longboarding with accomplishment well above his years. World Legends in this Division include Former World and Australian Champion Harley Ingelby, the hot American Taylor Jensen and Tom Bexon who is not only an amazing performer but is also respected as a designer and shaper. What a mouth watering prospect these top shelf surfers present.

The Open division sees the crème of the world longboard community go head to head for another $2000 first prize with names like Harley Ingelby, Taylor Jensen, Dane Pioli, Harrison Roach and local legends Christian Plimm and Lawrence Harkness. Harley Ingelby was 2009 ASP World Longboard Champion and has been in the top five of world longboarding since 2005. Dane Pioli is the current Australian Longboad champion and on the ASP Longboard tour. Taylor Jensen is from Oceanside in California and holds six US National Titles: He recently won the prestigious Malfunction Title and is presently number two in the world rankings. A real challenge will also be launched by local champ Christian Pimm who has captured multiple titles at the highly regarded Manly Snowy McCallister Winter Festival Competition. Freshwater’s Dan McComb has just graduated into the senior ranks and has the potential to make his mark in this top company.

There will also be top contenders in the over 35’s where North Curly’s Sean Dry is regarded as a big chance but will have to contend with challenges from Rob Couriel, Simon Cox and NSW Treasurer Mike Baird. The over 50’s will pit the classy Manly crew of Paul O’Grady and Lynden Riley against the former Australian Champion Dave Pimm. The Under 21’s will feature a host of locals and interstate competitors including Tom Leach, Beau Nixon, Jack Entwistle, Jack Lynch and Jayden Mcdonald. The Women’s Division is wide open and includes Manly’s Cloe Cummins, Longy’s Vivian Cresswell , Byron Bay’s Isabelle Braley and Freshwater’s Sue McComb.

Join the Curl Curl Longboard Club on the last Saturday in April at Curly Beach and enjoy the world standard on water surfing, the lunchtime martial arts display, disabled surfing, trade display and excellent food and refreshments. Look forward to seeing you all there!

MalJam sponsor rides martial arts wave

Tim smashes 860 ponds of ice and a world record

 

 

Set for April 30th on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the Curly Maljam Pro is offering $11,000 in prize money making it probably the richest longboard event in Australia. President of the host club Curl Curl Longboarders, Phil Nicol, reports on the head honcho of the major sponsor 4 Elements Martial Arts Academy – an interesting longboarder indeed.

“Tim Reilly, the owner of the 4 Elements Academy, uses the ancient art of Chi plus longboard technique to impart the basics of kickboxing, Kung Fu and Thai Boxing. A lifetime resident of the Northern Beaches, Tim is a former NSW, Australian and Australasian Full Contact Fight Title holder. He now runs two successful academies at Brookvale in Sydney and Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, and is opening up a new school in Brisbane.

“A lifetime dedicated to training himself and students has alerted Tim to some of the hidden secrets of discipline and preparation of mind, body and soul. By employing his philosophies, Tim achieved two world records for breaking ice with bare hands – he broke 650 pounds of ice in 2004 and 860 pounds in 2006!

“The combination of strict technique, mental preparation and discipline underpin his success as an athlete and now as a successful businessman. Tim is keen to share all his knowledge and experience with his students and spends hours coaching his instructors so as to quality control all aspects of developing their skills.

“Tim has also surfed all his life and explains that there’s a strong connection between the principles of surfing and the martial arts, and that many of the moves and skills have a lot in common. He gives the example of using cross-stepping technique as a foundation move to set up for kicking in the fight discipline. Other examples include the ‘hang 5’ stance as the ‘cat stance’ used in defense, and of paddling as a precursor to the ‘breakaway’ used to block in a fight situation. The push up from the lying position to standing in surfing simulates preparation for the ‘fighting stance’.

“Tim also identifies the role of Chi in both sports as a means of channeling energy and focus, to obtain greater enjoyment and proficiency in both. Chi (or QI as it is also known) is regarded by martial arts exponent as the flow of energy that drives a person’s life force.  He often takes business associates out in the water to illustrate the calming and mind-clearing therapy afforded by surfing and the culture of water. Tim has many students that have benefited from his philosophy and as a result excel at international surfing and fight events.

“Curl Curl Longboarders Inc is extremely fortunate to have a such a man in its ranks as he contributes at all levels – financial, operational, philosophical and as a competitor. The MALJAM is an opportunity for all of you to meet Tim and maybe share some of his views, ideas and approaches to life.”

Phil Nicol

Curly MalJam Pro – Offical Prize Money 2011

Big thanks again to our monetary sponsors 4 Elements, Rodger Ward Security, Zen Chi Ryu and Shusai Risk Management for their commitment to the sport of Longboarding.

OPEN
1ST $ 2,000
2ND $ 750
3RD $ 500
4TH $ 250

SINGLE FIN LOG
1ST $ 2,000
2ND $ 750
3RD $ 500
4TH $ 250
5TH $ 100
6TH $ 50

0/35
1ST $ 500
2ND $ 400
3RD $ 300
4TH $ 200
5TH $ 100
6TH $ 50

0/50
1ST $ 300
2ND $ 200
3RD $ 100
4TH $ 80
5TH $ 50
6TH $ 20

UNDER 21s
1ST $ 300
2ND $ 200
3RD $ 100
4TH $ 80
5TH $ 50
6TH $ 20

Fuel TV article

Prepare for battle.

Curl Curl Longboarers Inc presents what is a truly unique sporting event at Curl Curl Beach on the 30th of April 2011. The MALJAM, as it is known, combines all aspects of the art of modern and traditional longboard surfing that has evolved over the last sixty years.

The Event is an amalgam of the pre modern era of the 1950’s “toothpick” cruiser, the glide and expression of the 1960’s where the board was the instrument of creation at the feet of the “logger ”and the aggressive take no prisoner attitude of the contemporary exponent who elicits every ounce of speed and maneuver out of the pulsing wall of water and foam.
Some say it is attitude some say it is perception but no matter what your notion of beauty and creativity is you will find all at the expo at Curl Curl Beach. Add to this a martial arts display by some of Australia’s best and a trade display of the coolest surf equipment and fashion in captivity and you have a day that will live with you for years.
This is a Pro Event that has been designed to attract the best surfers in Australia and indeed the world. Australian, American and World Champions will compete in the three disciplines that are the basis of modern longboard surfing. Reminiscent of 1964, when Midget Farrelly became the first ever World Surfing Champ, the Northern Beaches returns to showcase the cutting edge of the excitement and visual beauty of the sport of longboard surfing.
The toothpick event is by invitation only because of the immense skill and water knowledge that the riders must possess – some of the invitees have grown up in the modern age of surfing and spectators will be gob smacked with the skill that these athletes display as they glide into the waves on their fifteen foot plywood and metal craft that are the beasts of a bygone era. The cult of surfing from the 1940’s and !950’s will jump out and grab the attention and admiration of onlookers who will see, many for the first time, the grace, beauty and danger inherent in guiding these monsters from takeoff zone to the beach.
“Logger” is the name used to describe the surfer that chooses the traditional board from the 1960’s, or replica thereof, as the instrument to carve an impression on the ocean face. These are not warriors they are the artists of the lineup and their intention is to gracefully extract the most out of every wave they launch into. Stylish bottom turns, looping cutbacks and round outs are punctuated with deft walking of the “plank” and neat hanging fives and tens. These are the guys and girls who conceive surfing as an art form and refuse to conform to the formula that dictates to the exponents of the modern short board approach – To them the wave is the music to which they dance. The wave is their canvass and their board an instrument of creation.
Enter now the contemporary longboarder who probably rides all types of boards from the snappy responsive short board through to the graceful and traditional standup paddle. These warriors need to dominate the line and perform amazing rips, reentries, three sixties, aerials, tail slides as well as the walking and hanging techniques used by the loggers. The approach is not one of grace but of extreme functionality and spectacular moves that attempt to tame forces of nature. The wave will eventually dictate but these guys and gals are reticent to surrender to the vagaries of the ocean.
Join us at Curl Curl Beach on the 30th of April 2011 and enjoy the exhilaration of a day that moves forward by looking back and showcases the beauty and awe of the sport of longboard surfing.

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