Scott soakes up win at Malibu Classic
LENNOX Head surfer Scott Channon produced some of his best form when he won the open nine foot division at the Byron Bay Malibu Classic for the second time on Monday.
Channon, 33, previously won the event in 2014 and overcame the likes of Jack Entwistle and defending champion Joel Tilley in the final at Wategos Beach.
Channon also finished second in the over-30s and was thrilled with his performance in the open final.
"I've been surfing in the competition on and off since I was a kid and to win a final in a strong field is very pleasing,” Channon said.
"It's one of my favourite events and I always look forward to it.
"To get the $500 prizemoney is a bonus and I might put it towards a new board.
"I was on the same board that I rode here in 2014 and it might be time to retire it now.”
Entwistle finished runner-up and was not long back from competing in the world titles at Papua New Guinea.
There was six surfers in the final with Will Crowe, Dan Croskery and Pat O'Rourke finishing ahead of Tilley.
"I've been surfing Wategos every day and I'm stoked that the training paid off,” Channon said.
"I went straight out the back (in the final) and had a pretty good feeling when I picked my spot.
"I rode my first wave all the way into the beach and followed it up with two more waves.
"I was pretty pumped when I got back to the beach and I thought I would be in the mix.”
In other divisions, Annie Granier won the open women's final ahead of Eleanor McCready and Kristy Quirk.
Byron Bay surfer Roisin Carolan was a standout at the three-day event and won the open old mal division.
About 150 surfers competed this year with the event running for the 37th time.
Other winners: Hayden Swan (loggers), Josh Smith (over-40 old male), Kristy Quirk (over-40 women), Michael Black (over-30s), Gareth Donovan (over-40s), Charlie O'Sullivan (over-50s), Mike Pimm (over-60s), Alan Atkins (over-65s) Jye Whyatt (junior boys) Mick Gett (big boys), Adam Ryan (sponsors).