Oh Lord save the human cannonball . . . junior Archie Pemrose without a net. ALSO 2017, Kingscliff. Pic: Luke Sorenson

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Early competitor entries are well up from previous years and with five months until the 2018 event kicks off some divisions are already over 50% full.

"This is easily the best response we have had in the last 10 years" commented event director Sean McKeown. "There has been a lot of interest even before the entries came out both here in Australia and from overseas."
Although World Surf League Longboard Qualifying Series division entries are not yet available, a number of international competitors including defending champion Natsumi Taoka, former world champion Rachael Tilley and France's, Edouard Delpero have signalled their intention to return in 2018.
Juraki Surf Culture will bring an indigenous component to next years event with a traditional welcome, surfing, history and cultural activities as part of an expanded program.
SALT Performance Training will offering training sessions to improve balance, flexibility, strength, endurance, core stability and agility. These group training sessions are for all levels of ability, fitness and age, helping generate more power, increase flexibility and significantly reducing the risk of injury.
A number of new activities have been added to the entertainment program including the Kingscliff Lantern Markets next to the Surf Club, where visitors can feast in the international food precinct, shop madly and then frolic to the chillaxed live entertainment on the main stage.
Entries and info are available HERE
The Australian Longboard Surfing Open is located in the unspoilt surfing location of Kingscliff village, on the doorstep of the Asia Pacific, and only 10 minutes from Gold Coast Airport.  Held from February 28 - March 4th  ALSO honours the history of Australian longboard surfing with music, indigenous surfing, old board display, surf vehicle display, art and lifestyle stalls.
 - report by Tania Spiers-Phillips / ALSO


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