Surfer spends food money to enter contest
Caller won the main division, the open nine-foot, and came second in the Old Mal, with surfers riding pre-1967 boards.
Unfortunately, the only division to pay out any money, the BIC Open, was the division in which he finished fourth and out of the cash in the difficult three-foot conditions.
“I set out with a goal to enter three divisions and make the final so I used my food money to enter,” Caller said yesterday.
“I’m pretty happy with the way things went. I’ll probably have to ring Mum to hook me up (for some food this week).”
The Byron Bay-based surfer is studying exercise science at SCU and living a surfer’s dream at the Bay.
“I used to be a lifeguard and do personal training but I got bored with that and I wanted to move to Byron,” Caller said.
“So I decided to go to uni to study exercise science.”
But don’t pigeon-hole the 25-year-old, who is originally from Urunga, as a Malibu surfer.
“I ride everything and I don’t like to be button-holed as one surfer. I ride short boards to ancient Hawaiian timber boards,” Caller said.
“I’ve been surfing my whole life. So has my whole family; Mum won a comp yesterday.”
In the open nine-foot division, Caller’s two-wave combination of 9.0 and 8.5 overshadowed that of local hope Ruben Roxburgh, who finished sec-ond with a two-wave combination of two eights.
“I’m stoked with that because I only caught three waves and one was a pull-off,” Caller said.
“My strategy was just to chill out and not get too worried if the others were all getting waves. I didn’t let it get to me and it worked.”
Roxburgh gained some revenge by winning the BIC Open from Jared Neal and Matt Aldridge, while Neal took out the Retro single fin division from Jack Lynch.
Lynch won the Under-18s from Lee Cooper, while Evans Head’s Isaac Fields won the Old Mal division.
Prue Donohoe, a former Evans surfer now living on the Gold Coast, won the open women. A daughter of foundation member Mick Donohoe, it was Prue’s first time back to Evans Head in 15 years.
Jessica Roberts won the Under-18 girls from Kirra Penny.
All finalists and officials at the event wore black armbands following the death on Saturday of club patron Wal Scott after a long illness.