Locals enjoy success at 2018 Malibu Classic

Jack Entwistle hanging ten at Wategos Beach on the weekend as part of the Malibu Classic. Photo Shutta Punk.

Byron Bay’s Jack Entwistle has won two divisions of the 2018 Byron Bay Malibu Classic held at Wategos Beach over the weekend.

The 24-year-old won the Open Men’s 9’ and the Open Loggers in fine style and also placed third in the Open Old Mal division.

‘It’s always good to get a win under your belt,’ Entwistle said.

While the weather wasn’t the best, the waves were great and the suitable surf conditions held out for the whole weekend to allow some excellent surfing performances.

Entwistle was joined by many other Byron Bay surfers in the finals.

More than 180 top surfers from up and down the east coast came to enjoy the excellent longboard waves on offer at Wategos.

The event is unique within the world of longboard competitions as all the surfboards must feature a single fin rather than multiple fins. 

The style of surfing this produces is considered more traditional and the larger single-fin boards can enjoy a better nose-riding capability. 

Money raised at the Malibu Classic through the generosity of sponsors and competitors has enabled the Byron Bay Malibu Club to donate well in excess of a quarter of a million dollars to local community organisations over the years. 

For 24 years Max and Evonne Pendergast have run the annual Future Legends kids’ surf event in conjunction with the Malibu Classic. 

Over all those years the Pendergasts have been educating the kids on surf safety, and how to respectfully treat each other and the surf environment.

Lennox longboard

The MP and Lennox Longboarders Club are holding the 21st Lennox Longboard Classic 2018 over August 4th and 5th at Main beach.

The event includes nine age divisions from Junior/Cadets to Over 60’s, Old Mal and a Ladies’ Open division. 

Contact: Grant Ryan 0418 739 604. 

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