Former Australian champion Dane Pioli won the Evans Head Malibu Classic yesterday. Pictured at right is Ballina surfer Eric Walker competing at the 26th annual event.
Former Australian champion Dane Pioli won the Evans Head Malibu Classic yesterday. Pictured at right is Ballina surfer Eric Walker competing at the 26th annual event. Ricky Forsyth

Pioli piles on the points at Evans Head

FORMER Australian champion Dane Pioli took out the open division final at the Evans Head Malibu Classic.

The Gold Coast surfer was all class and was never going to get beat after securing two high nine point rides (out of 10) in the final yesterday.

He beat previous event winner Jared Neal and also won the loggers final.

The open women's division was won by Sunshine Coast's Kathryn Hughes with Sarra Robertson second and Kristy Quirk in third.

Quirk also took out the over-40s women's division.

It is the second straight year a Gold Coast competitor has won the open men's division after Joel Tilley did it last year.

Injury forced him out of the competition this year while the likes of Troy Hunt and Lennox Head's Scott Channon performed well.

Channon won the Over-30s division for a second straight year while Ballina's Eric Walker took out the over-65s division.

It was a successful return home for Evans Head surfer Phil Roxburgh when he took out the Over-60s.

Roxburgh now lives in Cowra and only recently won the the Australian title in the same age division at Coffs Harbour in August.

Elsewhere, Kingscliff's Dean Bevan won the eight-foot division and Over-40 men's.

Former Australian champion Mike Pimm was also in that division and finished second.

About 165 surfers competed from Under-10s through to Over-65s at the four-day event.

Money raised from the event goes to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Cancer Council and other local organisations.



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