STOLEN SURFBOARD: Anthony McCulloch with children Bailee,5 and Oliver, 9 at Main Beach, Evans Head, sitting on one of the surfboards that was stolen.
STOLEN SURFBOARD: Anthony McCulloch with children Bailee,5 and Oliver, 9 at Main Beach, Evans Head, sitting on one of the surfboards that was stolen.

Board theft mars Malibu Classic

KINGSCLIFF chef and surfer Anthony McCulloch has been devastated by the theft of three of his surfboards while camping at Evans Head.

The father of two was competing in the Evans Head Malibu Classic during the long weekend when the boards were stolen on Monday evening.

"We were staying at the Silver Sands Caravan Park and most of the tourists had gone home," he said.

"We had gone over to the (Malibu Classic) presentation at the Bowling Club at 4pm on Monday. "I came back at about 7pm but didn't see if the boards were there or not."

Mr McCulloch and his family then headed out for dinner to the local pub, returning about 9.30pm.

"That's when I noticed the boards were gone.

"I was ready to rip someone's head off," he said.

"I am not an aggressive person by any means but I wouldn't have cared if they (the thieves) were 200kg."

For Mr McCulloch the loss of the boards was the closest thing to losing a family member.

"I've had one of the boards for five years, it is a part of the family," he said.

"Now I go down to the beach and I've only got one board to surf with."

The surf boards that were taken were distinctive in colour and style and would be difficult to hide, according to Mr McCulloch.

"They are all ONFIRE boards made by a local surfboard manufacturer here in Kingscliff," he said.

"One is 9'6" long with a flame board design, the second is 9'4" long with a green tip and white, black and purple stripes.

"The third one is the most important as it belongs to ONFIRE's Skye Bourton and is 5'6" long, pale green with dark green stripes and twin fins."

Mr McCulloch said the theft hasn't turned him off returning to the Malibu Classic again as he sees it as a great competition.

"I can't fault the competition as it has a happy family environment and last year I won the over-35's competition," he said.

"This competition brings a massive amount of money to the local businesses.

"If people stop coming, places shut up shop and that's not what any people want."



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