2018 Yallingup Malibu Classic | Joe's Surf Report

Richard Wain surfing in the 2018 Yallingup Malibu Classic. Photo by Bruce King.
Richard Wain surfing in the 2018 Yallingup Malibu Classic. Photo by Bruce King.

The 34th Yallingup Malibu Classic was held over last weekend with more than 100 competitors from across WA battling it out in 13 separate divisions.

This year was gifted with the largest surf in a few years as the swell rose to three metres high during Saturday which kept everyone on their toes.

While there were big wash troughs and choppy conditions on the first day, Sunday greeted riders with clean five-foot faces and user friendly waves.

Dunsborough legend Mick Marlin made the most of the conditions in the newly introduced over 70’s division with a big win.

Fellow local Bob Monkman once again threw down the hammer and stormed into the finals of both the over 60’s and over 65’s divisions, winning both at his local wave.

Richard Wain pushed through the pain barrier of an injured knee and ankle to not only make the over 60 final but take a well earned second place while Billy Gibson took out the bronze third place.

Wain also managed a third place in the over 55’s division ahead of Brett Merifield in fourth respectively.

“This is the best surf we’ve had for the last four or five years due to the old fashion weather conditions,” said Mr Wain who posted an 8.2 wave score on Saturday.  

In the open eight-foot division, local riders Jack Medland put in a solid performance to reach second place while Karl Leavy rounded out the final in fourth place in the summer like surf.

The historic event was made possible by it’s sponsors and conclude in style with the presentations at the iconic Caves House.


Light south winds on Thursday with a solid 2.3m swell. Friday turns onshore with SSW winds and a 1.7m swell. Saturday sees a surge of 2.7m swell with light winds early. Sunday drops off to 2m with southerly winds.