CUT ABOVE: Scott Channon in action at last year's Evans Head Malibu Classic.
CUT ABOVE: Scott Channon in action at last year's Evans Head Malibu Classic. Contributed

Channon chases triple crown at Evans Head

LENNOX Head surfer Scott Channon is aiming for a Far North Coast trifecta at the Evans Head Malibu Classic today.

Channon has already won the Byron Bay and Lennox Head longboard events this year and can win the unofficial triple crown after sealing a place in the final at Evans Head.

He will have his work cut out for him with the likes of Dan Croskery and Paul Scholten in the open nine-foot division.

"The swell is picking up so it should be a really good final,” Channon said.

"I feel like I'm surfing well enough to win it and it's one I've been looking forward to.”

Kingscliff surfer and one of the event favourites Dean Bevan did not get past the second heat while Matt Hall, Joel Parkhouse and Bryce Watson have also qualified for the open final.

About 130 surfers turned out over the weekend with a handful of heats when the event started on Friday.

The event is now in its 27th year and remains a popular stop on the Australian longboard calendar.

"It's a family event and we've always been very well supported,” event organiser Ross Cribb.

"Everyone seems to be having kids this year so there are a few that didn't come.”

Defending champion Dane Pioli was one that didn't return this year but there was plenty of local talent on display.

The event is the club's biggest fundraiser of the year and raises thousands of dollars for local charities.

Numerous state, Australian and world championship competitors, both past and present, take part in the event with other competitors drawn from far and wide.

One dedicated surfer comes from Broken Hill each year while more women are now involved.

The men's final is set down for 1pm with the presentation to follow at the Evans Head Bowling Club.



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