There is a long list of high-profile surfers who will be at the 2013 Evans Head Malibu Classic held over the October long weekend.
Jared Neal from Sapphire Beach is the current Australian Open Longboard Champion. He is a regular on the World Tour and he loves competing in the Evans Head Malibu Classic.
Take a look at any of the latest longboarding magazines and you’re sure to see a pic of Sydneysider Dave Coburn. Be it deep inside a barrel or a smooth turn, he’s an up-and-coming stylemaster and he will be at Evans.
Three time Australian Champion and local legend Ross Cribb says everything is lining up for another great event.
‘The sandbank is near perfect with peeling left- and righthanders. And with the quality of surfers competing, it should be a great spectacle.’
The event filled to capacity in record time and it will be a great spectacle for surfers and non-surfers alike.
The list of current big names surfing the event is impressive with dozens of current state and Australian champions including Gary Burden, Neville Smith, Nick Farago, Shane Holburne, Dennis Carbery, Isabel Braly, Ruben Roxburgh, Kirra Perry, Emma Webb, three-time Australian Old Mal champion and Evans Head local Isaac Fields, and let’s not forget the lovable ‘Ghost who Walks’, Eric Walker.
The whole event will be head-judged by Daffy Chisholm and Keenan Roxburgh. Daffy was recently featured at Surfworld in Torquay, is a very active member of the Disabled Surfers Assoc and an avid old mal enthusiast, while Keenan is a regular judge at international level.
‘The prizes are bigger than ever with six boards to be given away over the weekend,’ says Ross. ‘The organisers like to focus on highlighting and supporting local businesses. This year great shapers such as Barry Bennett Surfboards, Astro Surfboards, Phil Myers Surfboards, Tradition Surfboards, and Clearwater and Rainbow Bay Longboards have all sponsored the event. We are truly grateful and proud to have them involved.’
The three-day event runs from Saturday October 5 through to Monday October 7. Competition will be held each day at Main Beach, Evans Head.
As always, there’ll be a host of longboard age divisions including the progressive Open 9′ through to Over-60s, plus the ever-popular retro shortboard. This year this division has been expanded to include both vintage single-fin and twin-fin boards. No doubt the ‘twinnies’ will add another exciting element to the weekend.
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 boardriding involving long-nose rides incorporated into a smooth, flowing style and some classic old-school manoeuvres such as ‘the coffin’, ‘the kick 5’ and the headstand! This new movement within the surfing community has created much excitement and is a great spectator event.
Monday is the pinnacle of the carnival with the finals, a beachside market and the ‘Fleas and Ants’ division. This is for six- to 12-year-old kids and is one of the weekend’s highlights.
The 23rd Annual Evans Head Malibu Classic – October 5–7.
For more information contact: Event co-ordinator Matt Moyle on 0400 811 796 or mat[email protected]
Photos ~ Matt Moyle