RIDING HIGH: Lennox surfer Scott Channon on his way to winning the Evans Head Malibu Classic on Monday.
RIDING HIGH: Lennox surfer Scott Channon on his way to winning the Evans Head Malibu Classic on Monday. Shutta Punk

Triple crown won at the Malibu Classic

LENNOX Head surfer Scott Channon completed a hat-trick of wins when he took out the open nine-foot division at the Evans Head Malibu Classic.

He is believed to be the only person to win the Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Evans Head events all in the same year.

It is a big effort from the 33-year-old with all three events featuring current and former national champions.

"I'm stoked and it has definitely been my best year of competition,” Channon said.

"I'm surfing a lot more than I used to and I'm just enjoying myself.

"I was pretty hungry for a good performance after the Byron win and then I got really keen for this one after winning Lennox.

"It was a really close final and it could have gone either way.”

There was plenty of talent in the six-man final at Evans Head and Channon managed to edge out former Australian champion Paul Scholton who finished second.

New Zealand surfer Dan Croskery was one of the event favourites with Matt Hall and Bryce Watson surfing well in the final

Evans Head surfer Samara Cribb performed well beyond her years and took out the open women's division ahead of the talented Sarra Robertson.

Channon picked up a second trophy after winning the over-30s final.

"Samarra surfed really well and it was good to see her get a win,” Channon said.

"It's a really family friendly atmosphere here and it's great hanging out with friends.

"Everyone comes together and the longboard events always have a good vibe.”



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