Milestone edition of Yaroomba Classic to be held
SURFING: A competition originally organised in honour of a beloved Coolum board rider who died in a motorcycle accident will celebrate its 30th year in what will be increasingly tough conditions this year.
Launched in 1987 as the Rod Marshall Memorial Classic the event was renamed at his family's request in 1996 and has been known as the Yaroomba Classic ever since.
To mark the 30th year, a division will be held featuring 10 of the event's original competitors.
The Original Salties division of the Classic will include Chris Barraclough, Chris Reynolds, Andrew Robbins, defending masters champion Peter Capper, original contest organiser Joel Stevens, Brett Smith, Chris Kendall and one of Rod's best mates Col Hartnell who was also one of the original organisers of the event.
Competition will be held at Yaroomba on both days in divisions from under-14s through to over-50s legends.
More than 100 entries have been received with Noah Stocca confirmed as the defending champion in both open and junior men's divisions. Jaleesa Vincent is in Bali and won't defend her open women's titles.
Organiser Chris Barraclough said an increasing swell was expected in time for Sunday's finals from 11am but conditions would be tough with strong east south easterly winds also due to arrive with the waves. The event offers equal prize money for men and women open events.