Perfect surf for Classic start
SURFERS enjoyed perfect conditions when the 41st annual BK Classic commenced at Broken Head on Saturday.
"Conditions on Saturday were as good as it gets with six-foot sets and absolutely pumping barrels and offshore winds all day long," Byron Bay Boardriders president Neil Cameron said.
"It was a dream come true really.
"Everyone was just frothing on the beach on Saturday, saying 'look at that, look at that'.
"Every couple of minutes someone was getting barrelled off their nut."
Mr Cameron said the event had attracted more than 170 surfers with surfers chasing a share of more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. Competitors range from young grommets up to those in their 60s.
"We have been running about 25 heats each day across 15 divisions, with some spectacular surfing on display in every division," Mr Cameron said.
Founded by Mick 'Cosmic' Birch and 'Digger' Morrow back in the days of the Rib Cage burger bar, the competition was re-named in honour of then-club president Ben King, who died in 2006 shortly after winning his heat at a Far North Coast Regional event at Yamba.
King was responsible for having Byron Bay Boardriders inducted into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame, in 2005.
The event is set to wrap up today and Mr Cameron said there had been some spectacular surfing during the early rounds.
Chris Zaffis, from Angourie, produced probably the barrel of the contest so far while former world tour competitor Danny Wills has been a standout in the open men's division.
"Surfers to look out for in the finals are Chris Zaffis, Danny Wills and Byron Bay's Bryce Cameron in the men's opens," Mr Cameron said.
"In the women's, Tahlia Redgard and Hinako Kurokawa have been showing strong form and Duke Wrencher, of Byron Bay, has been leading the way in the Under-12 boys."
Finals are scheduled to start about 11am today with The Wreck or Main Beach at Byron the likely venues.