Former surf tour pro a favourite

Byron Bay surfer and former World Championship Tour veteran Danny Wills will be one of the favourites for this year's Ben King Memorial Easter Surf Classic at Byron Bay.

Wills, a former champion of the event, will be out to win the event, held in honour of a man who was a part of his childhood and career at Byron Bay, former Byron Bay Boardriders president, Ben King (BK), who died suddenly in 2006 while competing in a surf competition at Yamba.

In the 34th year of the iconic Byron Bay event, the field will feature an all-star cast in the open division, plus male and female surfers from 10 to 60 years of age contesting the 10 divisions.

"Well, it's been a long time since I've been in the Easter Classic and it means a hell of a lot more to me now,” Wills said.

“I will be giving it everything and will be enjoying myself along the way too. BK followed my career all the way until the end, now it's time to get some good ones for him.”

Wills will come up against some stiff competition including 2008 champion Jarred Sullivan, and other local 'rippers' including Yerin Brown, Garrett Parkes and the rest of the Byron Bay Boardriders' crew.

With $15,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs in the event, the competition is sure to be intense.

The contest starts tomorrow (April 10) and continues until Sunday.

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