Byron Bay artist, Geoff Murray, is pictured with the painting.
Byron Bay artist, Geoff Murray, is pictured with the painting.

Locals at their very best

Compassion and controversy will be flowing in equal measures at the Byron Bay Services Club on Saturday, January 29.

A benefit night for Sri Lankan victims of the Asian Tsunami disaster promises to both unite and divide the town's surfing community.

A highlight of the night will be the naming of the Top 10 surfers from Byron Bay.

Those on the judging panel have been ripping their hair out as they try to compare wave riders from different eras, although, to be fair, some had precious little up top to begin with.

The surfers involved will all be asked to bring a piece of memorabilia, which will be auctioned to raise money for the worthy cause.

NBN News cameraman, Kingsley Haxton, also hopes to premiere his short film 'The Second Wave' which looks at the way surfing has helped shape the Bay.

Local band 'Smiler' is keen to lay down some cool surffunk tunes and admission will be free (although donations at the door will be gratefully accepted).

More details will be released next week, but in the meantime, this should spark some lively debate: The nominees for the Top 10 (in no particular order) are:

Algie Reid, Bob McTavish, Rusty Miller, Craig Gream, Mick Birch, Gary Timperley, Peter Phelps, Matt Crisp, Guy Walker, Owen Walker, Paul Munn, Rodney Anderson, Ben King, Nic Pearson, Steve Schienerer, Jason Blewitt, Chris Brock, Ant Mikellides, Neil Cameron, Sput Keevers, Gareth Donovan, Brenden Margieson, Dan Wills, Yerin Brown, Noel Graham, Kieren Perrow, Sascha Sleigh, Jarrad Sullivan, Shane Lawson, Mark Plater, Jeremy Byles, Craig Warton, Beau Walker, Gary Thomas, Rob Fenech, Craig Cornish, Mark 'Mono' Stewart.

All are invited to attend and contribute auction items.

For details phone Bruce MacKenzie on 66853490.

The hinterland community is hosting a benefit concert for Tsnaumi victims on Saturday January 22 at 7.30 pm at the Federal Hall.

The line-up includes Kurtis with his eight piece band, Enrgy, and Willy from Wild Zinnias.

Tickets for the concert are available from Federal Store or at the door $15.

Further funds will be raised through a raffle and the sale of food on the night.

All money raised will benefit SurfAid to assist outlying islands around Aceh.

Local residents are baking cakes and doing what they can to make it a great night out. Some surprise guests expected on the night. Contact 6688 4357 for further details.

A fund raiser for the people of the Talalla Bay and Dondra district in Sri Lanka will be held at a private house at Coorabell on Friday, February 4.

The event will include a special Sri Lankan welcome, Sri Lankan smorgasbord and entertainment from Cleis Pearce, Steve Berry and Greg Sheehan.

Tickets are $100 a head with all money raised going to the Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific Ltd. Inquiries to Nyck Jeanes on 0432291913.

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