Aboody joins surfing elite
Lennox Head surfer Marcus Aboody has joined an elite list of surfers by winning the 2010 Byron Bay Classic.
Aboody, a Le-Ba Boardriders stalwart, came from behind to win the 25-minute final, held in solid 2m waves at Broken Head.
Former WCT world No 2 and 1996 Easter Classic Champion Danny Wills took an early lead, attacking his first wave with lightning-fast manoeuvres to score a 6.83 from the judges.
Then Wills’ Byron Bay Boardriders clubmate and 2007 champion, Yerin Brown, took the ascendancy, first scoring a 7.83 from the judges for a set wave he tore apart from start to finish.
He then followed up with a long, a deep tube on one of the few left-handers surfed over the day to score an 8.33 to have a two-wave combined score of 16.30 (out a possible 20) to have a combination lead over Aboody and fellow Le-Ba surfer James Wood.
Aboody then sprung into action on one of the largest right-hand sets of the day, with a long tube and a series of sizzling on-edge manoeuvres to score a 9.4 out of 10 to be within reach of Brown.
Aboody then ran around the break to paddle back out, putting him in the inside position, and within five minutes was on another set wave, on which he again he threw caution to the wind with a series of high-risk turns to score a 7.57 for a two-wave combined score of 16.97 (out of a possible 20).
This left Brown with five minutes to find a wave score of 8.65 to snatch the win. Brown did get a chance in the dying stages, but fell short, scoring a 7.97, the wave not providing enough potential to give him victory.
Danny Wills paced third and Wood placed fourth in a luckless final after being one of the form surfers of the event.
The Easter Classic featured 11 divisions with more than 150 competitors aged from 8 to 60 years of age taking part.
The event was also held in memory of Byron Bay Boardriders President, Ben King, who passed away suddenly four years ago.