Young guns win time-honoured event at Yaroomba

WINNER: Sasha Baker, pictured at a previous event, won the open women's division of the Yaroomba Classic.
WINNER: Sasha Baker, pictured at a previous event, won the open women's division of the Yaroomba Classic. Surfing Queensland

SURFING: Young guns Kirra Green and Sasha Baker are celebrating impressive victories from one the region's most iconic board riding events.

They won the open male and open female divisions respectively at the 30th edition of the Yaroomba Classic.

Green overcame Jimi Wallace, Chris McWilliams and Mitch Adams in the final.

"Kirra is a real complete, all-round surfer now,” contest director Chris Barraclough said.

"He's got a great aerial game, which he showed during the weekend. He's got a lot of flair in his surfing.”

It was his second title there, after winning the main division as a junior two years ago.

Meanwhile, Baker claimed a last-gasp seven-point wave to snatch victory in her final.

"Sasha and (runner-up) Kara (Peterson) battled it out all weekend and turned a lot of heads. They surfed beyond their years (16),” Barraclough said.

The four finalists - also including Elia Smith and Summer Gauld - are bound for the Australian junior championships on the south coast of New South Wales later this week.

The Yaroomba Classic is an exclusive event. Competitors must live in an area from Marcus Creek to the Maroochy River to be able to compete.

There were offshore conditions for barrelling waves in the rain on day one of the two-day contest with larger, choppier surf for finals on day two.

This year's milestone event included a special 'original heat' with eight of the surfers who competed in the first edition of 1987.

It was won by Brett Smith.

The event was known as the Rod Marshall Memorial Classic until 1996.

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