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Big names on big boards Evans Head Malibu Classic

FEELING THE GLIDE: Jared Neal a previous winner of the Open 9ft Division.
FEELING THE GLIDE: Jared Neal a previous winner of the Open 9ft Division. Contributed

BIG names and even bigger personalities are in the line-up at the 2013 Evans Malibu Classic.

Jared Neal from Sapphire Beach is the current Australian Open Longboard Champion.

He is a regular on the World Tour and he loves competing in the Evans Head Malibu Classic.

Take a look at any of the latest longboarding magazines and you're sure to see a pic of Sydneysider Dave Coburn.

Be it deep inside a barrel or a smooth turn, he's an up and coming stylemaster.

These guys are just two of the long list of high-profile surfers who'll be at the Malibu Classic this long weekend.

The event filled to capacity in record time - almost a month prior to the start date and it will be a great spectacle for surfers and non-surfers alike.

Three time Australian Champion and local legend Ross Cribb says everything is lining up for another great event. "The sand bank is near perfect with peeling left and right-handers. And with the quality of surfers competing, it should be a great spectacle".

The list of current big names is impressive with dozens of current state and Australian Champions like Gary Burden, Neville Smith, Nick Farago, Shane Holburne, Dennis Carbery, Isabel Braly, Ruben Roxburgh, Kirra Perry, Emma Webb, three time Australian Old Mal champion and Evans Head local Isaac Fields and let's not forget the lovable "Ghost who Walks", Eric Walker.

The whole event will be head judged by Daffy Chisholm and Keenan Roxburgh.

Daffy was recently featured at Surfworld in Torquay, is a very active member of the Disabled Surfers Assoc and an avid old mal enthusiast while Keenan is a regular judge at international level.

"The prizes are bigger than ever with six boards to be given away over the weekend" Ross said.

"The organisers like to focus on highlighting and supporting local businesses.

This year great shapers such as Barry Bennett surfboards, Astro Surfboards, Phil Myers Surfboards, Tradition Surfboards, Clearwater and Rainbow Bay Longboards have all sponsored the event".

"We are truly grateful and proud to have them involved" he said.

The three day event runs from Saturday through until Monday.

Competition will be held each day at Main Beach, Evans Head.

As always, there'll be a host of longboard age divisions including the progressive Open 9' through to Over 60s, plus the ever popular retro shortboard.

This year this division has been expanded to include both vintage single fin and twin fin boards.

No doubt, the "twinnies" will add another exciting element to the weekend.

The increasingly popular "Loggers" is an event where surfers ride modern versions of 1960's boards.

This new wave of stylish young surfers have sparked a revival of traditional board riding involving long nose rides incorporated into a smooth, flowing style and some classic old-school manoeuvres like "the coffin", "the kick 5" and the headstand!

This new "movement" within the surfing community has created much excitement and is a great spectator event.

Monday is the pinnacle of the event with the finals, a beachside market and the "Fleas and Ants".

This is for 6 to 12-year-old kids and is one of the weekends highlights.

Topics:  evans head, malibu classic, surfing

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