Parkes claims Easter classic
BYRON BAY surfer Garrett Parkes took out the open men's final of the Ben King Easter Memorial Easter Surf Classic for the third consecutive year at Broken Head Beach yesterday.
Parkes had to overcome fellow World Qualifying Series surfer Stuart Kennedy in the final.
Kennedy, a previous winner at the event, attempted a late aerial move and had it landed, he probably would have snatched the win.
Parkes finished with a 14.67 (out of a possible 20) with Kennedy just back on 13.94.
Byron Bay surfers Nic Colby and Jarrad Sullivan were also in the four-man final.
Colby was the only surfer that hasn't won the event in the past and finished third.
In the senior division, Byron Bay Boardriders member Yerrin Brown walked away the winner with Justin Lee in second.
Club vice-president Ben Simpson battled through illness to finish third with Gabe Walker in fourth.
Earlier, Yamba surfer Jake Thompson impressed plenty of onlookers with his display when he took out the junior final. The Byron Bay Boardriders Club has hosted the event since its inception 38 years ago.
Formerly known as the Easter Surf Classic, the contest was renamed in 2006, when club stalwart Ben King died suddenly of a heart attack while competing in an event at Yamba. His wife Jenny is now club president and was thrilled with how things finished yesterday.
"The calibre of the surfing was a high standard and the guys seem to lift to another level every year," King said.
"It's a huge team effort with sponsors and judges that helps keep this event going. It's a family event and we have third generation surfers that are coming through and competing now.
"We've had beautiful weather and great waves on Friday and Saturday and we're stoked with how it went."
- Brittany Nicholl (Open Women)
- Anthony Mikellides (Masters)
- Nick Pearson (Legends)
- Shane Dennis (Cadets)
- Connor Lee (Boys)
- Ellie Brooks (19 Girls)
- Alyssa Lock (16 Girls)
- Sasha Baker (Flea Girls)