GC surfer claims another FNC malibu classic crown
GOLD Coast surfer Joel Tilley continued his stranglehold on Far North Coast events taking out the annual Byron Bay Malibu Classic at Wategos Beach.
Tilley won the Evans Head Malibu Classic in October and has won the Byron Bay event in the past.
This year, he finished ahead of second-placed Jack Entwistle while Lennox Head surfer Scott Channon came third.
In the open women division, Byron Bay surfer Roisin Carolan won it for the second straight year ahead of Lennox Head's Eleanor McCready and Serena Gallagher.
Club secretary Ron Hughes described the conditions at the three-day competition as some of the best he has seen at the 36-year event.
"We couldn't have asked for better conditions," Hughes said.
"It was fantastic the whole weekend and an unbelievable standard in the finals.
"We're in a great spot and once people come to the event they generally keep coming back.
"It is hard to pinpoint but there is just something really special about this event."
About 170 surfers from all over Australia took part in the Malibu Classic.
Other winners included Dane Pioli in the open old mal and Matt Chojnacki in the open loggers.
Local surfer and competition regular Gareth Donavan won the over-40 mal with Louise Tiernan taking out the over-40 women's.
Evans Head's Josh Morgan won the junior boys while Ana Ellwood won the junior girls in a narrow win over Samarra Cribb.
"It's just a great vibe all weekend and we've got people that have been coming here for over 30 years now," Hughes said.
"It's a family orientated event where the whole family can actually compete.
"Some of our best surfers in the open division started when their parents were surfing.
"Based on the conditions we had I think just about everyone will want to come back next year."
The next major local longboard event is the Lennox Longboard Classic in July.