Future legends with a couple of current ones - Max and Von Pendergast are born and bred locals and Byron’s surfing royalty, and this year they hosted their 25th “Future Legends” at the Classic – we tip the hat! Pic: Ciaran Carolan
Open finalist Bryce Watson. Frame from the Gary Mcevoy vid
The rippers in the Over 40 Women’s final. Pic: Ciaran Carolan
Women’s Logger winner and classic stylist Isabelle Braly. Frame from the Gary Mcevoy vid
Keep on rockin’ in the free world. Pic: Ciaran Carolan
3 May 19
The 39th Byron Bay Malibu Classic was held down at Wategos over three glorious days, with beautiful weather and fun waves.
Over 150 surfers from up and down Australia’s East Coast were in town, along with a great crew from New Zealand.
Ray Gleave turned back the clock to win both the Men’s Open and the Over 60s!
Noosa’s Nic Brewer won the Men’s Logger. Sam Ticknor, a new member of the Byron Malibu Club, won the Junior Boys and did great in the Old Mal.
Luca Groh took out the Junior Girl's with class, and Roisin Carolan won the Open Women’s and was runner up to Isabelle Braly in the Women’s Logger.
Jack Norton displayed great style in winning the Open Old Mal and he also won the McTavish board in the raffle.
Special mention must go to Ben Hutchings who won the Over 70s, the standard of this final was phenomenal, one pundit on the beach calling it the 'Surf Relic'!
Another highlight of the festival was the 25th year of Max and Von Pendergast's “Future Legends”, a huge turnout of kids (keikis) to have a go at surfing on all sorts of craft and learning some water safety. The Malibu Classic is very much focussed on celebrating longboarding in a friendly contest with the emphasis on catching up with new and old friends.
All money raised (this year we raised $15,000) will go back to local charities and community organisations.
Next year will be very special as we celebrate the 40th Byron Bay 'Single Fin' Malibu Classic.
- report by Ciaran Carolan, Club President