Longboard surfers excited for 2021 Yallingup Malibu Classic

Mike Nineubell of Denmark in the 2020 Yallingup Malibu Classic competition. Photo by Mick Marlin.
Mike Nineubell of Denmark in the 2020 Yallingup Malibu Classic competition. Photo by Mick Marlin.

On December 4 and 5 the Yallingup based Indian Ocean Longboard Club will host its 37th annual Yallingup Malibu Classic at the famous Yallingup main break.

Competition will start around 7:00am Saturday and finishes mid-afternoon Sunday.

Club President Graeme Gibson said he was delighted to announce this year's joint major sponsors were the City of Busselton, which has the enviable title of "Events Capital WA", and Richard's Tyrepower.

Richard's Tyrepower is headed up by its owner and passionate Club Member Richard Wilson.

"The Club hosts the Yallingup Malibu Classic (also known as the "Yal Mal") to provide a forum for over 100 Club member and non-member longboard surfers from across the state to showcase their surfing skills and love of longboarding through friendly competition while promoting and facilitating fun and fellowship" Mr Gibson said.

Mr Gibson added that the Yallingup Malibu Classic is also aimed at building and supporting diversity and inclusion in all its events to help the club remain connected with and meet the expectations of diverse and every-changing communities.

"Through this iconic event, while providing a real surfing treat for competitors, officials, visitors and onlookers alike, the Club aims to eliminate discrimination, support safe and welcoming environments while striving to cater for all ages and genders including transgender and gender diverse people" he said.

Mr Gibson said the Club was looking forward to yet another great event, with well-known local and non-local businesses getting right behind the event, including local wine and beer produces, surfboard manufacturers, surf wear suppliers, holiday park operator, local southwest artist and professional consultants.

"There will be raffle prizes up for grabs as well as awesome prizes to be auctioned at the end of the competition presentations, including a surfboard and artwork. Presentations and the auctions take place on the public lawn area overlooking Yallingup main break Sunday afternoon. The Club welcomes everybody to join us at Yallingup for a fabulous experience" he said.

The Indian Ocean Longboard Club acknowledges the Wadandi Noongar people as the original inhabitants and traditional custodians of the Yallingup land and ocean and pays its respects to their elders past, present and emerging.