Long and Short of Surfing Events this Weekend
Australian Longboard Surfing Open Up and Running
It a big weekend for surf contests, with the Australian Longboard Surfing Open continuing until Sunday at Kingscliff, and the Alley Classic for the shortboarders at Currumbin.
As part of the Longboard Surfing Festival of the Asia Pacific, getting down to check out the action will be a must. There has already been a few days of competition with Australian and International competitors taking part, including our own Women’s Professional Longboard Champion, Chelsea Williams.
The action will wrap up on Sunday, but there is plenty of markets, food, and music as part of the entertainment of the festival, so even if you are not hooked on longboard surfing you can enjoy the atmosphere and fun going on all around Kingscliff.
Alley Classic Starts QCC Series
The Queensland Championship Circuit (QCC) for 2015 gets underway this weekend with the Alley Classic. The QCC decides the Queensland Champion for 2015, but also 1st and 2nd in the series receive wildcard to the 2016 Quiksilver pro Trials held at Snapper Rocks.
There is a whole host of up and coming ripping grommets vying for the title and a shot at the wildcard, but they will also join a list of very impressive names to win the Alley Classic, including 2012 World Champion Joel Pakinson, and World Junior Champion and WSL surfer Adriano Desousa. Both won the event at 16 years of age, and there are quite a few young chargers looking to repeat the feat of these well know surfers.
Former Australian and Alley Classic Champion Mark Richards spends his time coaching some of the World’s best up and coming surfers, and although not cpompeting will be watching the event closely.
“The QCC series offers the new generation of surfers now competing in the QCC who looking to take the next step in their professional surfing careers a taste of competitive surfing at an elite level among an array of highly trained surfing athletes, similar to that of a Qualifying Series event”, says Richardson. “It will be exciting to see what the new generation of surfers brings to this series and how the veterans will shape up against their dynamic surfing,” Richardson continued.
Last years winner Thomas Woods has been out of competition with a serious knee injury, and may use the Alley Classic to comeback to competition. There will be a host of veterans entered as well including former WCT surfers Jay “Bottle” Thompson, and a host of Tweed and Gold Coast rippers.
The QCC is a 3 event series consisting of the Alley Classic, The Sunshine Coast Classic, and the MP Classic.
Enjoy a weekend of surfing!