OLD GUYS RULE: Evans Head Longboard Classic 2011 Over-50s finalists Phil Roxburgh, Leon Wright, Chris Davies, Steve Jeffries, Mike Pimm and Michael Thompson.
OLD GUYS RULE: Evans Head Longboard Classic 2011 Over-50s finalists Phil Roxburgh, Leon Wright, Chris Davies, Steve Jeffries, Mike Pimm and Michael Thompson. Matt Moyle

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THE 23rd Evans Head Malibu Classic is on again over the October long weekend and it is shaping up to be another great event.

This year, all surfers competing in an age division will surf in at least two heats over the weekend and organisers are hoping that this will make for an even more enjoyable weekend away for visitors.

"People travel from all over Australia to compete in the Evans Head Malibu Classic," club president Sid Trasler said.

"By allowing surfers to compete in at least two heats over the weekend, we are hoping that competitors feel they get good value for their entry fee.

"We want them to have a great time, go home happy and tell their friends and family what a great place Evans Head is."

The three-day event runs from Saturday, October 5, through until Monday, October 7.

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

As always, there will be a host of longboard age divisions including the progressive Open 9-foot through to Over-60s, plus the ever-popular retro shortboard. This year this division has been expanded to include vintage single-fin and twin-fin boards.

The increasingly popular "Loggers" is an event where surfers ride modern versions of 1960s boards.

This new wave of stylish young surfers has sparked a revival of traditional board-riding involving long nose rides incorporated into a smooth, flowing style and some classic old-school manoeuvres like "the coffin", "the kick 5" and the headstand.

Monday is the pinnacle of the event, with the finals, a beachside market and the "Fleas and Ants". This is for 6-12-year-old kids and is always one of the weekend's highlights.

It's not uncommon to see a few tears of joy flowing from the faces of proud family members on the beach.

About 120 longboarders from Victoria to Broken Hill to the Sunshine Coast and even New Zealand will be competing. Dozens of current and previous Australian and state champions return every year, as well as a number of hot up-and coming juniors.

For more information, contact Teena Mettam on 0498 028 134 or teenamettam@gmail.com

For entry forms, click here.

The Evans Head Malibu Club thanks its sponsors: Evans Head Bowling Club, North Coast Holiday Parks, Bennett Surfboards, Astro Surfboards, Clearwater Surfboards, Tradition Surfboards, Farrelly Surfblanks Australia, Phil Myers Surfboards, Sticky Feet Surf Wax. Thank you to the Richmond Valley Council for its support through the Events Funding Scheme, LJ Hooker Evans Head, Teena's Vintage Designs, Bon Bon Ceramic Jewellery, J&J Southon Sound, Pacific Longboarder Magazine, PMD Screen Printing, Triple-X Wetsuits, Spar Supermarket Evans Head, XXXX Summer, Essential Energy, Alkali Fins, Nan & Pop Skate Shop, G James and A1 Signs.



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