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Ben King Memorial Surf Contest


Open Mens Winner Luke Stickley Tommy Donahoe

Byron Bay Boardriders (BBB) successfully ran the 39th edition of the Ben King Memorial Surf Contest over the June long weekend.   The event, formally known as the Easter Classic was moved from Easter to make it easier for locals and families from out of town to participate and get lodging in a less busy time of year then the hectic Easter season.

Over 200 competitors participated in 16 divisions including “push-in”, micro groms, multiple boys and girls divisions, Open Men/Women and age classifications up to an over 60’s final. As over 50’s division winner and former surfing world champion Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew said in “This is one of the only events in Australia where families can come and compete across such a wide range of divisions”. Rabbit’s son Keo also earned a 4th place in the under 12 Boys division.

Another family that had a great day was the Stickley’s. Local standout surfer Luke Stickley won the Open division with a dominating performance over a strong field that included multiple current and past WQS surfers such as Stu Kennedy, Garrett Parkes and James Woods. Luke’s father Glen also surfed to a second place in the Over 60’s final just before the Open final won by his son. Other locals with multiple generations competing included the Cameron and Byles families

The event raises money that the club donates to local charities and the club also uses the proceeds to fund training programs for local junior surfers.   Past graduates of the BBB junior programs who have gone on to successful surfing careers include Danny Wills and Kieran Perrow.

The contest was blessed with fun waves throughout the weekend and very little rain. At the presentation ceremony hosted by the Great Northern hotel, club President Jenny King thanked the many volunteers who helped put on the event, the families that came from throughout NSW and Queensland to compete, and the local businesses that sponsored the event.

The Ben King Memorial is the longest running amateur surfing contest in Australia and would not be possible without the support of the community and businesses like the Great Northern; Stone and Wood; Skull Candy; JHA Recruitment; Volcom; Quiksilver; Surf, Dive and Ski; and many more.



1st Holly Dobson
2nd Harper Smales
3rd Taris Byles


1st Jesse Parkinson
2nd Jett Dellitt
3rd Duke Wrencher
4th Harry O’Brien

Under 12 Girls

1st Zahli Kelly
2nd Nyxie Ryan
3rd Mahlia Carr
4th Carly Shanahan

Under 12 Boys

1st Tane Dobbyn
2nd Josh Grange
3rd Jack O’Brien
4th Keo Bartholomew

Under 14 Girls

1st Zahli Kelly
2nd Pasha Luque-Light
3rd Jasmine Sloane
4th Shaye Leeuwendal

Under 14 Boys

1st Mikey Donagh
2nd Kai Tandler
3rd Conner Lee
4th Eli Carr

Under 16 Girls

1st Alyssa Locke
2nd Macy Callaghan
3rd Kiani Dobbyn
4th Zahli Kelly

Under 16 Boys

1st Liam O’Brien
2nd Luke Condon
3rd Lachy Grange
4th Jai Jai Ross

Under 18 Girls

1st Dax McGill
2nd Alyssa Locke
3rd Kiana Dobbyn
4th Georgia Kervin

Under 18 Boys

1st Jeames Young
2nd Zac Wightman
3rd Sheldon Simkus
4th Noah Cooney

Senior Men Over 30’s

1st Yerin Brown
2nd Danny Wills
3rd Dave Reardon-Smith
4th Bryce Cameron

Masters Over 40’s

1st Jake Spooner
2nd Andrew Lindsay
3rd Lee Miller
4th Ant Mikellides

Legends Over 50’s

1st Rabbit Bartholomew
2nd Max Perrot
3rd Neil Cameron
Mark Trout

Over 60’s

1st Neil Cameron
2nd Glen Stickley
3rd James Dodds
4th MickBirch

Open Women

1st Stephanie Single
2nd Ellie Brooks
3rd Dax McGill
4th Macy Callaghan

Open Men

1st Luke Stickley
2nd Jimmy Gilmore
3rd Elliot Paerere-Reid

Story by Mark Krackowizer – All Photo’s KrakaPhoto

Over 30's Finalists Willsy Luke Stickley in Final Lennox-Ballina Groms Jett Dellitt - Push-in final 2nd place IMG_0342 Anthony Mikellides Cosmo and Son MicroGrom Finalists Luke and Glen Stickley Glen Stickley and Fans

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