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!