The 30th annual Byron Bay Malibu Classic went off last weekend as one of the best in years.
With competitors from up and down the east coast and internationals from France and New Zealand, combined with magic sunny days and 1m-plus waves off first point at Wategos Beach, it was picture-perfect.
Josh Constable from Perigean Beach in Queensland put on a flawless display to blow his competition out of the water as he won the McTavish open 9ft division with big fast turns and precision nose-riding
Ray Gleave took a double in the stand-up paddle and the over 50s with smooth flowing turns, and his signature style was unbeatable.
Mike Pimm from Cabarita took out another double by winning the over 55 and the over 40s old mal in great style.
Big Hayden Swann from Yamba took out the over 40s from Richie Collins.
Local Lee Miller showed a few manoeuvres that impressed the judges for his winning result in the over 30s, and the traditional old mal division was the hottest final of the day with Matty Aldridge blitzing the field with big hang-10s and long hang-5s that had the judges awarding him scores of 9 and 9.5 out of 10.
Young local Matty Dart won the junior boys, and local Roisin Carolan won the junior girls.
Also from Byron Bay, Alan Atkins won the over 60s, Johnny Keevers won the Big Boys (over100kgs), and Lori Kelly won the Open Women’s from a very strong field of ladies.
The Byron Bay Malibu Club thanked the Byron Bay Business community for supporting the event and all money raised will be announced next week.
The club also thanked local residents and the local surfers at Wategos Beach for their patience over the three days of competition.
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