Old Mal competitors before competing in their section of the Lennox Longboard Classic at Main Beach.
Old Mal competitors before competing in their section of the Lennox Longboard Classic at Main Beach. Marc Stapelberg

Dickens lives up to expectations

LENNOX Head surfer Ben Dickens won the open nine-foot division for the third consecutive year at the Lennox Longboard Classic yesterday.

About 100 surfers competed across 10 divisions at the two-day event.

Dickens often uses the event as a final hit-out before the Australian championships.

"There was some sensational surfing during the heats of the Over-30s," event organiser Wayne Booth said.

"Nigel Canterbury and Glenn Cunningham surfed really well and we were happy to get 100.

"Eric Walker and Ian Williams were some of the best locals and there was some real class over the weekend."

The Old Guys Rule organisation had the naming rights for the third consecutive year.

The mobile event moved across the road from the Lennox Hotel after originally starting off further down the street.

"We moved down to in front of the pub because the left-hander was a much better wave," Booth said.

"There were some really good moves and we were lucky to get a bit of swell."

Money from raffles and other fund-raising will go to the Disabled Surfing Association and NSW Cancer Council.

The event has now run for 15 years with numbers slightly up on last year.



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