19th Longboarders’ Classic Results

Local surfers dominated the 19th annual Lennox Longboard Classic last weekend. Several Lennox Longboard club members won their divisions at the two day classic at Lennox Head. There were nine divisions this year, with female and junior surfers part of the family-friendly competition.

Ben O’Dwyer, who grew up in Lennox Head and now lives on the Gold Coast, won the Open 9 foot division for the first time. Eleanor Robertson won the Open Women’s division while other local winners included Chris Cain (Old Mal/Loggers), Greg Gover (Over 50’s) Nathan Mckenzie (Juniors) & Tim Leete (Mystery Final).

There was a strong local contingent and they all performed extremely well,” event organizer Grant Ryan said. “We had great waves and I don’t think we had one complaint or any problems all weekend. The surfing was top shelf and it’s great to see everyone enjoy themselves.”

Former Australian champion Mike Pimm won the Over 60’s, while Kingscliff surfer Dean Bevan won the  Over 40’s after finishing second in the Open division.

Despite numbers being down this year, Ryan was thrilled with how the the competition turned out. ” We were down to 79 competitors this year and there were a couple of reasons for that,” he said. ‘There was obviously the clash with the Aussie surf titles and that took some of the top seeds out. We also didn’t run the event last year because of shark activity and there was some concern still over that.” But after talking to everyone we have no doubt that the numbers will be up again next year, The Classic’s 20th year “

A host of local sponsors put money into the event, while three longboards were given away as prizes. Thanks go to all the sponsors on board in 2016.

The weekend delivered some fantastic Long Board surfing with contestable 3-4ft consistent waves on both Saturday and Sunday. Nine divisions were contested across a combination of Junior, Ladies and age divisions. All competitors enjoyed some great social activity coupled with competitive surfing.


Lennox Beach Resort/Lennox Hotel Open 9`Final   

1st Ben O`Dwyer

2nd Dean Bevan

3rd Dan Croskery

4th Peter Wickham

Team MP Mobile Plumbing Over 60`s

1st Mike Pimm

2nd David Stork

3rd Ben Hutchings

4th Steve Watts

5th Wayne McCleary

6th Terry Kay

Smaht Investments Over 50`s

1st Greg Gover

2nd Mick Jackson

3rd Craig Jones

4th Mick Getts

5th Darin Nobbs

6th Steve Fosterling

Tony Barnett/Herron Todd White Over 40`s

1st Dean Bevan

2nd David Sullivan

3rd Dan Croskery

4th David Stork

Rip Curl Ballina Over 30`s

1st Peter Wickham

2nd Richard Stephens

3rd Matt Durkin

4th James Foster

Lennox Gelato & Coffee Co. Old Mal/ Loggers

1st Chris Cain

2nd Allan Croke

3rd Matt Durkin

4th Daffy Chisolm

Inner Beauty Open Ladies

1st Eleanor Robertson

2nd Ros Brown

3rd Mel Mott

4th Una Fahey

5th Marg Bryant

6th Veronica Silver

Lennox Surf/Stomp Surf wax Peter Edmonds Junior under 18yrs

1st Nathan McKenzie

2nd Reed Smith

3rd Annabel Gover

Triple X Wetsuits Mystery Final

1st Tim Leete

2nd Jim Baker

3rd Colin Small

4th Tracey Nobbs.

5th Mark Preston

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