A record 194 positions have already been filled in the upcoming 35th Loggerheads Malibu Classic, to be held at Scotts Head beach from July 26 to 28, 2019.
Received in record time, it's the largest number of entries, from both male and female competitors spanning from 11-years-old to 75, which goes to show the popularity of this long running event.
Surfers from near and far are coming to Scotts Head to enjoy three days of longboard riding, while experiencing the fabled Logger Heads formula for having fun.
Many family entries have been received, they will be contending for the privilege of having their family name written up on the Family Achievement Honour board, as well as surfing in their relative divisions - of which there are 15, starting with under 18 junior ladies and men, through to over 70s men and over 40s ladies.
Scotts Head can offer surfers a long sand bottom point ride, which on a good day can seem endless. Well-protected from the winter southerly winds, conditions can last all day, giving competitors ample time to show their skills on the longboards.
Flashback to Malibu Classic 2017
- Video by Mel Davis
All competitors will be riding nine-foot plus longboards, including the Old Malibu division, where surfers will be riding original pre-1965 longboards. These boards are much heavier than the modern-day longboards, which dictates the style of manoeuvres competitors can master. The modern-day equivalent being the "Log" division, where boards have only one fin, 50/50 rails (which are the edges of the boards) and judges award "old school" smooth manoeuvres.
Many past winners will be returning to defend their titles including Jack Norton from Newcastle, last year's winner of the Shamill Livestock - Open Logs and Air Vids - Old Mal divisions; Tia Deighton from Arrawarra, in the FX Wax - Open Ladies; Marlin Guihot from Newcastle, in the Burford Blanks - Open 9'; Danny Bond from Arrawarra, in the Eungai Rail Store - Over 70s; Mandy Penhall from Evans Head, in the Catalyst Surfboards - Over 40s Ladies; and Charlie O'Sullivan from Woolgoolga, in the Reece Plumbing - Over 50s.
Locals to watch
Local surfers to watch are Mark Fuller and Geoff Woodhouse defending their titles in the Club Scotts - Over 55s and Bennett Surfboards Over 65s respectively. Manda Godfrey in the Over 40s Ladies, and her daughter Rylee in the Surf 'N Raks - Junior Ladies; along with Joel Parkhouse and Troy Martin in the Ocean and Earth - Over 35s.
Scotts Head offer spectators great vantage spots to watch the surfing displays and all are welcome to attend the social gatherings at Club Scotts especially on Saturday night when the band fires up and everyone starts showing their fine foot work!
The event also raises funds for charity donations, tickets to win a 8' Catalyst Surfboard are also available at Club Scotts leading up to the event, just enquire at bar and good luck!
For more information on the 35th Loggerheads Malibu Classic, contact Barry Jagoe on 0403 640 572.