Something for all
By STEVE SPINKS
WHETHER you're a revhead, a surfie, a cowboy or a sporting purist, the Easter long weekend has something for you.
The Far North Coast has more sporting activities than the Easter Bunny has chocolate eggs with tennis, golf, surfing, rodeo, speedway and racing.
If you live across the road from the Ballina Street tennis courts, beware of early morning 'C'mons' as 150 competitors slug it out at the Lismore Easter Classic.
Seniors and juniors started play yesterday with the tournament to conclude on Monday.
At the Lismore Workers Golf Club, there will be plenty of aspiring Tigers lurking around the greens as the Lismore Easter tournament continues.
All right, Tiger Woods is definitely not making an appearance, but the best of the locals and a large contingent of metropolitan and inter-state golfers will go head-to-head.
Separate daily and a 54-hole gross events are being contested, before the tournament wraps up tomorrow.
Out at Byron Bay, the Ocean and Earth Easter Surf Classic will be run for the 30th time, with Gold Coast-based South African Shaun Gossman the favourite.
Back in Lismore, the Bartercard Speedway is the place to be tonight and tomorrow night with two high-octane events sure to get the pulses racing.
The Australian Modified Production Sedan Championship starts tonight and will end tomorrow night with a 40-lap final.
Also being contested is the V8 Dirt Modifieds' Easter Trail.
At the racecourse, the Lismore Turf Club's annual race meeting and rodeo spectacular is a must.
Five thoroughbred horse races will be staged and an hour later some of Australia's best bull riders will test themselves against each other on top of more than 500kg of angry beast.
It's a great spectator sport, but you can't help but feel sorry for the cowboys.
And don't forget about Northern Rivers athletes who are competing out of the area.
Byron Bay World Championship Tour surfer Danny Wills is still in contention at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Victoria.
Kayakers Nathan Baggaley, David Rhodes and Craig Rodgers are fighting it out on the water at Penrith in the national titles.
The Byron Bay trio are in contention for a spot in the Australian team for the world championships later in the year.
Bonalbo's Sam Norton, also competing at Penrith, is considered a good chance in the slalom kayak.
And the FNC Under-20 rugby union team that is playing the Northern NSW Country final against New England as a curtain-raiser to the NSW Waratahs' Super 12 match in Sydney.