The 32nd Margaret River Classic came back from the dead last weekend, pitting some of WA’s most experienced professional surfers not competing on the World Tour and local surfing talent against each other in three days of competition in challenging 1m surfing conditions.
More than 120 entries were taken across six age divisions and two novelty divisions that brought together WA’s surfing community to celebrate grassroots sport at one of WA’s premier surfing venues, Surfers Point.
Run by the Margaret River Boardriders Club in conjunction with Cowaramup Bay Boardriders Club and Surfing WA, the event was volunteer driven and generated a strong community atmosphere and competitor camaraderie across a broad age demographic with surfers aged from 13 years to 65 competing.
The blue ribbon Open Men’s division was hotly contested with past Pipe Master champion Jake Paterson defeating past Australian junior champion Creed McTaggart, twotime Classic winner Tom Innes and past Eddie Aikau Wiamea big wave winner Paul Paterson respectively with a knee jerking air-floater combo in the dying minutes of the final.
“It’s great to have won this event for the second time since I was a junior. The conditions were also mushy and stormy the first time I took it out years ago,” Paterson said.
“The family atmosphere over the weekend was great and it has been good to be a part of the event. I will definitely be involved for years to come”.
“We are so lucky to live in WA, we are spoilt for waves in the South West and live in the best place in the world.”
Yallingup’s Mikaela Green claimed the women’s open crown ahead of Gracetown’s Bronte Macaulay, while Josh Burke won a hard-fought pro junior final over Margaret River’s Shaun Green, James Fleming and Geraldton’s Max Marsden.
Jake Jakovich took out the locals only competition ahead of Jade Parker, Andrew Sheridan and John Davies, and Mike McAuliffe ruled the over-50s event.
An awards presentation ceremony was held at the Margaret River Hawks Football Club afterwards and more than $20,000 worth of cash and prizes was handed out to winners.
For more results visit: www.margaretriversurf. com.au.
The club will now focus on the remaining events of the season, including the second leg of the threestage junior championship.