Sean McKeown and Ken Williams in a classic Kombi.
Sean McKeown and Ken Williams in a classic Kombi. John Gass

Malfunction Festival all about fun

MALFUNCTION Surf Festival has glided into Kingscliff on the Tweed Coast this week with five days of surf culture and competition kicking off tomorrow.

Both international and local surfing heroes are lined up to grace the shores in front of a crowd estimated to be between 500 and 1000. Official announcer of the event, Ian Pearson, said the best surfer in the water would be the one having the most fun.

“It's all about the festival spirit. This is about fun, it's not all about competition,” he said.

Organiser Sean McKeown said the event would not be possible without generous sponsorship from Surf Tech and the Cancer Institute of NSW.

“Malfunction has proven to be the premier event for longboarding,” Mr McKeown said.

“The Cancer Institute is sponsoring the pro division and Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club is being really generous hosting the event.

“This is a real meaningful relationship for us at the Malfunction.”

In addition to the ASP Longboard Qualifying Series, there will be a further 11 amateur longboard divisions, stand-up paddle-board surfing and retro surfing, but the fun won't be restricted to those in the water. The event will also feature a restored surf vehicle display, surfing art and films, surf memorabilia exhibitions and live music.

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