SUPER SKILLS: Nick Pearson does a top and turn during the Legends over-50s third heat at the Ben King Memorial Surf Classic yesterday.
SUPER SKILLS: Nick Pearson does a top and turn during the Legends over-50s third heat at the Ben King Memorial Surf Classic yesterday. Nolan Verheij-Full

Surf Classic kicks off at Byron Bay

COMPETITION was held at two different beaches when the Ben King Memorial Surf Classic started at the weekend.

Surfing began at The Wreck in Byron Bay on Saturday before moving to Broken Head Beach yesterday.

It is the 40th running of the event and it is believed to be the longest running amateur contest in Australia. Juniors all the way to over-60s competed with $20,000 prizemoney on offer this year.

The winners of the open male and female events pocket $3000 with a trip to Hawaii with other prizes on offer.

This is the second time it has been in June with the event formerly known as the Easter Surf Classic. It has been the Ben King memorial event since he died while surfing at a competition at Yamba in 2006.

Surfing legend Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew was among the 200 surfers to compete at the weekend. The open men's division saw the likes of local hopefuls Soli Bailey, former world No.3 Danny Wills and Stu Kennedy hit the water.

The finals will be held today with the presentation to follow at the Railway Hotel.

A decision will be made this morning on where the finals will be held.



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