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Competition Heats Up at ALSO

Day two of the Australian Longboard Surfing Open didn't disappoint with the world's best longboard surfers hitting the water at Kingscliff to battle for an all-important final berth.

Jack Entwistle Jack Entwistle WSL / Luke Sorensen

Byron Bay's surfer Entwistle, 24, took on the last of the internationals French-based Brazillian Bage Bayner. Bayner is due to fly home next week in preparation for two LQS events in Portugal, had been one of the form surfers during the early rounds but played a continuous game of catchup in the semifinal with Entwistle benefiting for better wave selection to take the final 12.07 to 10.40.

"The event has been pretty good this year I'm excited making it to the semis and I'm looking forward to the finals," Entwistle, son of 1987/1988 World Longboard Champion Stuart Entwistle said after the heat. "The waves were very challenging, conditions today weren't very good the wind kind of came up and we were kind of put on hold for a couple of hours to wait for the low tide to come.

Entwistle said the event was now anyone's to win.

"The next three surfers in the contest are all really good, they're all Longboard Tour surfers in Nic, Jarred and Dane," he said.

"They're all close mates and good surfers so its anyone's competition."

Nic Jones Nic Jones WSL / Luke Sorensen

His good mate Nic Jones followed him into the final winning the fourth and final quarterfinal against Sydney surfer William Crowe.

Jones scored a 4.67 ride in the opening minutes of his heat but Crowe had three good consistent waves that all scored around three and better. However just as it looked like Crowe might steal the final Jones came back to impress the judges with a solid 6.33 and won the final 11.60 to 10.40.

"It was super challenging conditions especially with the wind coming up. It made it quite difficult, quite choppy on the small faces but there's still a couple of waves coming through," he said

"It was just super critical on wave selection and board selection as well and I was just lucky my board was able to flow through waves.

"I made the final last year, I've made the final a few years. I've been surfing this event since I was a junior, I came up winning in the juniors. So its been a great event for me growing up and surfing with the pro guys and now I'm a pro guy I'm surfing with some of the juniors and watching them improve."

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