MALIBU WINNER: Ross Cribb, of Evans Head, was all smiles after being crowned last year’s Club Champion.
MALIBU WINNER: Ross Cribb, of Evans Head, was all smiles after being crowned last year’s Club Champion. Contributed

Classic shaping up to be best yet

THE 22nd Evans Head Malibu Classic is on again over the October long weekend and is shaping up to be the best yet.

With a new and exciting "Loggers" division, it is poised to attract some of the hottest longboarders in the country. Local legend and three time Australian champion Ross Cribb is looking forward to the weekend.

"The 'Loggers' is an event where surfers ride modern versions of 1960's vintage boards" he said.

"This new wave of stylish young surfers have sparked a revival of traditional board riding such as hang tens incorporated with a smooth, flowing style - usually climaxing with some hair-raising manoeuvres in the shore break."

This new "movement" within the surfing community has created much excitement and is a great spectator event.

As always, there'll be a host of standard longboard age divisions from Opens through to Over 60s plus the ever popular "Retro Single Fin", which, is a short board event using pre-1983 single fin boards.

And, finally, we can't forget the Old Mal division using beautifully preserved pre-1968 malibus.

"Monday is the pinnacle of the event and we combine the finals with the beachside market and the 'Fleas and Ants'," Ross said.

"This is an event for the six to 12-year-old kids and is one of the highlights of the weekend. It's not uncommon to see a few tears of joy flowing from the faces of proud family members on the beach."

The three-day event runs October long weekend from Saturday, September 29 through to Monday, October 1.

Competition will be held each day at Main Beach, Evans Head.

Entry forms and more information is available at evansheadmalibuclub.com.



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