The October long weekend will see Evans Head once again hosting the four day Evans Head Malibu Classic from Friday, 29 September to Monday, 2 October.
‘Affectionately known as “the October Comp,” the four-day event hosts more than 120 surfers, from 6 to 76 years of age, across 13 different divisions for men, women and juniors,’ said spokesperson Matt Moyle.
‘World Surf Leauge (WSL) surfer and local Evans Head lad, Callum Robson, will be dropping by on the Sunday to sign autographs and have a chat to all the young surf grommets. Callum was a junior longboarder in the Evans Head Malibu Club in his early teens before he took up shortboarding and went on to carve himself a career on the world surfing stage. We are very excited to have Callum home. He’s certainly a great inspiration for the next generation of surfers.’
This year’s event will be dedicated to two of our former club legends who have recently passed away, Harry Hann and Phil Roxburgh. Both of whom were Malibu Classic event co-ordinators for 20 years.
‘The Fleas and Ants events for the 6 to 12 year old kids on Sunday morning is one of the weekends highlights and it’s not uncommon to see a few tears of joy flowing from the faces of proud family members on the beach,’ said Matt.
The four-day format will include divisions from the exciting 8 footers (highly maneuverable 8-foot boards) to the Old Mal (using pre 1968 boards) and loggers – a new wave of stylish young surfers who have sparked a revival of traditional boardriding involving long nose rides incorporated into their smooth, flowing style – usually climaxing with some hair-raising maneuvers in the shorebreak.
‘The 31st Annual Evans Head Malibu Classic is traditionally known as the longboard event that kicks off the summer. We are set to have a great weekend in the spirit of aloha, celebrating what we love best,’ said Matt.
This year’s first prize in the major raffle is a $5000 travel voucher with two runner up prizes valued at over $1500. Entry is online here.