Fields keen to make a splash at his home event
SURFER Isaac Fields is hoping for an early birthday present when he competes in the Evans Head Malibu Classic.
The Evans Head product will be one day away from his 30th birthday when the competition finals are held on Monday.
The three-day event starts on Saturday with Fields competing in the old mal and loggers division.
"I haven't competed in any competitions this year so I'm definitely looking forward to it," Fields said.
"I'm born and bred in Evans Head and it's nice to have an event at home.
"A lot of mates I grew up with who have moved away come back for the long weekend and compete." Fields is a three-time Australian old mal champion.
He has been busy renovating his house and has spent most of the year out of the water.
"Old mal is a lot of fun and less competitive than some of the other divisions," Fields said.
"We cheer each other on while we're out there and it's all in good spirit.
"I also like the historical side of surfing with the boards and people you meet along the way."
Current Australian longboard champion Jared Neal will compete in the open nine-foot division.
He is on the world tour and a regular at the event.
Other names include Dave Coburn, Gary Burden, Neville Smith, Nick Farago, Eric Walker, Shane Holburne, Dennis Carbery, Isabel Braly, Kirra Perry, Emma Webb and defending champion Ruben Roxburgh.
There is a retro shortboard section with age divisions through to over-60s.
"We usually get waist-high waves and it's pretty protected from the river-mouth," Fields said.
"It offers a variety of conditions and it should be a pretty hot field."
Competition is held from Evans Head's Main Beach each day with surfing finishing mid-afternoon.