Macca Is Smiling Down On The Kirra Longboard Klassic
Released 12 July
A smiling Mark “Macca” McNamarra has asked Huey to bless the annual Kirra Longboard Klassic with good waves this weekend. Competitors from around Australia are already assembling to catch a few clean green waves at the fabled Kirra, as they strive to win the “Macca” for the surfer having the most fun. Early arrivals have been treated to some early morning corduroy lines over the past few days, and event organisers are hopeful the run of waves and sunshine will continue into the weekend.
Terry Trathem from WA who is competing in the RSL Australia Defence Force division for the first time said, “I have never surfed Kirra, I am so excited”
Another competitor from Victoria, Nathan Rivalland commented “I’ve never surfed Kirra on my log, it will be unreal.
Also in the water this weekend will be Mark Mono Stewart who has just arrived back from Hawaii where he clinched his third World Adaptive Surfing title. Mono and friends are scheduled to hit the surf on Sunday morning.
Kirra Point Surf School will be conducting some free surfing lessons on the Saturday and a 12 and under groms surf display on the Sunday.
Beach entries are still available at https://www.kirralongboardklassic.com/
Surfing, Slotcars, Groms and Laughs, the Kirra Klassic has it all.
The weekend starts on Friday, July 15th with a Meet and Greet at Kirra SLSC where competitors can pick up their registration pack and get to sample some of the fine products from Your Mates Brewing.
The next morning everyone is invited to don some silly Fluro threads and Join in the fun with the crew at Fluro Saturday for a few laughs before the competitive side of the weekend begins. Kirra Point Surf School are providing a limited number of free entry level, learn how to surf lessons, followed up with intermediate level lessons for those that want to improve their surfing skills. As there are limited places available you can register your interest at https://www.kirralongboardklassic.com/contact-6 That evening its off to Seagulls leagues Club for a truly different experience racing slot cars.
On Sunday surfing resumes with semi finals, before the micro grommets will hit the waves to show the older crew they will need to keep looking over their shoulder at the new wave of talent. They will be followed by an Adaptive Surfing display by those that need an extra hand to enjoy the stoke of surfing before the finals begin. The Fancy Dress will round off the day.
A popup bar will be the scene for the presentation with a couple of Clearwater Longboards to be given away thanks to Del boy and Gail O’Neil the division 14 representative from the City of Gold Coast.
New Division for the 2022 Kirra Longboard Klassic
This fun longboard event is designed to bring together like-minded amateur surfers for two fun filled days of surfing in the world-famous Kirra waves. The Kirra Longboard Klassic isn’t looking for future world champions just surfers that like to surf Kirra, show off a bit in the water to those on land, and to spread tales tall and true of that special wave they in the last big swell. Hell you don’t even need to compete on a 9ft board. Competitors can compete on soft-tops, mini-mals and fun boards as long as they want to have fun. With that in mind, the major award for the event is the “Macca” in memory of Mark McNamarra and is awarded to the “Surfer Having The Most Fun”.
An important part of what we are about as a community is helping those within our surfing community those surfers that need extra help to get into the surf, and to catch a few waves. We include a disabled surfers section for a limited number of surfers who are unable to surf in an actual competitive division due to physical or mental limitations but still want to be included. Here we have Surfers helping Surfers. We also acknowledge those past and present who have served in the defence forces protecting the freedoms we enjoy like surfing, by staging a division open to those men and women who have served their country.
Growing from its original mandate of being for local surfers, the popularity of this event has seen surfers from around Australia support this event. Hey, let’s face it, every surfer wants to surf Kirra. For 2022 divisions to be contested include Male, Female, various age from Under 18’s to Over 60’s, Defence Force & Veterans and the highly contested Fancy Dress. To keep within the original concept of catering for local surfers, we are introducing a division solely for local surfers domiciled between Coomera in the North to Pottsville in the South.
Entries are now open for the 2022 Kirra Longboard Klassic at https://www.kirralongboardklassic.com
Macca’s Spirit Lives On At The 2022 Kirra Longboard Klassic
I would just like to thank all the generous participants who helped make the 2022 Kirra Longboard Klassic such an awesome event. The generosity of the sponsors ensured everyone was well catered for both in and out of the water, this together with all the volunteers and officials not only giving their time and expertise but doing so with huge smiles as they made visitors welcome. Not to be out done, the surfers themselves who made the most of the conditions as they hung 10, performed head dips, headstands and coffin rides and surfed with the spirit of Aloha.
The support of Kirra SLSC as the staging area cannot be understated, the range of liquid refreshments from Your Mates Brewing, made available to those over 18 hit the spot, especially for the competitors in the RSL Australia division. A special thanks to all those who helped out the crew in the Adaptive Surfing. The smile on the faces of the participants tells you how much they enjoy their time catching waves. A special thanks to Councillor Gail O’Neill for the interview she did with World Adaptive Games attendee Robyn Harvey, as they talked about the support that is being made available here on the Gold Coast. Kirra Point Surf School provided free coaching sessions and the 12 yrs. and under surf demonstration.
Kym from Seagulls Slot Car Racing opened up his track for those that wished to try their hand at this not so retro activity, picking up a few new enthusiasts on Saturday night.
The preso was held in the Popup Bar under the Surf Cub and we were joined by Councillor O’Neill and had apologies from the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Tourism, Innovation and Sport.
It was hard to go past Mitch Conwell as the Surfer Having the Most Fun, and he picked up the Macca Award. He also picked up a custom made Macca Model from Clearwater Surfboards in the board draw as did Cathy Rae.
I was heartened by the fact that the contest area was devoid of any rubbish, even the smallest cable ties, bits of paper, cigarette butts or blue face masks. Thanks to all those who not only took away their own rubbish and anyone else’s that may have present.
Well done all competitors and event winners.
Mens Longboard: Matt Hall
Open Womens: Layla Deighton
Logger: Nathan Rivalland
O/45 Mens Nigel Canterbury
0/45 Womens: Vanessa Firkin
Kirra Local: Stefan Vogel
ADF: Cameron Stewart
U/18 Boys: Bailan Jones
U/18 Girls: Layla Deighton
A massive congrats to all Adaptive and U/12 surfers who ripped it in their expression finals.
The 2022 Kirra Longboard Klassic was made possible by the tremendous support of the following organisations.
City of Gold Coast, Queensland Government, RSL Australia, Scales Seafoods, Island Style Promotions, Your Mates Brewery, Hueys Choice Surf Wax, Offshore Boardriders, Ocean & Earth, All Coast Tarago Car Rentals, Clearwater Surfboards, Dominos Pizza, Kirra SLSC, Moana Bikini, Owen Surf Art, Ryan Softboards, Sin Eyewear, Siblings Kirra, Kirra Point Surf School, Amity Blue.