Full field for Byron Bay Malibu Classic

HANG TEN: Jack Entwistle is among the favourites at the Byron Bay Malibu Classic this weekend
HANG TEN: Jack Entwistle is among the favourites at the Byron Bay Malibu Classic this weekend Shutta Punk

FULL fields with a hotly contested open men's nine foot division will feature at the 37th annual Byron Bay Malibu Classic at Wategos Beach this weekend.

Gold Coast surfer Joel Tilley is back to defend the title along with the likes of Jack Entwistle and 2014 winner Scott Channon.

About 150 surfers will compete over three days with only one spot remaining in the open nine foot division.

All other divisons are full with anyone still interested now on standby as a reserve.

The contest attracts competitors from up and down the east coast and regularly has a contingent visiting from New Zealand.

"We've got about 150 nominated if anything becomes available it will be snapped up pretty quick between now and then," event organiser Ron Hughes said.

"It will be an interesting battle betwen Jack and Joel and there will be a few old stagers in the mal divisions.

"There will be some good local juniors in the mix and I look forward to seeing how Reece Smith and Jye Whyatt go.

"Some of the girls are competing across a couple of divisions with Roisin Carolan and Eleanor McCready.

"I'm sure they will give the boys are run for their money in the loggers and old mal."

The event is believed to be the longest running single-fin competition in Austrlia.

The open division usually attracts a pile of talent including 2015 winner Heath Norrish and Dane Pioli.

"We're ready to go and if we get a bit more sand on the beach and some swell we'll be laughing," Hughes said.

"It's been running for many years now and we get them in here in droves.

"We've got people that surf here in their teens and come back in their 40s."

Money raised at the Classic through the generosity of sponsors and competitors has enabled the club to donate well in excess of a quarter of a million dollars to the local community.

Surfing starts 7.30am Saturday with the open nine foot division final scheduled for 1pm Monday.

The presentation will follow at the Byron Bay Bowling Club from 3pm.

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