Crescent Head is abuzz this weekend with hundreds of surfers and their supporters converging on the scenic coastal village for the 30th annual Malibu Classic.
This year 264 competitors ranging in age from 12 to 76 came from all over the world to shred the famous point break, ensuring the Crescent Head Malibu Classic remains Australia’s biggest amateur long boarding competition.
Organisers have witnessed what they're calling “the renaissance of women’s surfing” in 2018 with 36 ladies hitting the waves.
Heats got underway on Thursday, with all but one semi-final taking place today, and the remaining semi-final plus all of the finals to be contested tomorrow.
A ten point judging system is in play, with event manager and head judge Daffy Chisholm looking for flow and control.
“The more maneuvers cleanly performed the greater the scoring potential is,” he said.
President of Crescent Head Malibu Club Roger Fergusson said the weather and surf conditions were reasonable but a building southerly swell up to four metres had made life difficult on the first day as it hit the point and washed down the bay.
An otherwise stoked Mr Fergusson said malibu riding is about inclusivity as he proclaimed the 30th classic an overwhelming success in all areas.
“When you look at the tapestry of surfing personalities that are here, there’s just a mosaic of different occupations,” he said.
“We’re all omegos without egos
“Surfing is not a sport, it’s a way of life and the coefficient is fun.”
The colourful club spokesperson thanked all those involved with organising the event.
“What people are not privy to is the amount of work that goes into it,” Mr Fergusson said.
“The fish only stinks from the head – as a president I’m made to look good by the rest of the family team.”
Don’t miss all of the finals action commencing on Saturday from 7.10am to 3pm, with presentation to follow at 4.30pm at the Crescent Head Country Club.
There are six surfboards being given away and one to be raffled.