Gallery

1985 Inaugural Yal Mal Contest – Presentation images by Nerria Winchcombe

The inaugural Yallingup Malibu Surfing Classic was run in December 1985.

It was Laurie ‘Loz’ Smith who, in 1985 conceived the idea of celebrating and commemorating the introduction of the Malibu surfboard back in the 1960s. Then Yallingup was the mecca for those longboard pioneers and from then Yallingup’s reputation as one of Australia’s great surfing beaches quickly spread. Laurie’s enthusiasm and hard work have been instrumental in the ongoing success and popularity of the Classic. (Source: 1988 Yallingup Progress Association newsletter).

It is now the marquee event of the Western Australian Longboard season and has been running continuously at Yallingup Beach for 32 years.

The ’85 contest presentations were held on the lawn in front of the old toilet block on Yallingup.

This is a collection of images of the ’85 Contest presentations by Nerria Winchcombe courtesy of Brad Leonhardt of Yallingup.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

L-R Unidentified, Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson on microphone and Loz Smith on the right.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contestant and commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson and Loz Smith presenting a surfboard prize to contest winner John ‘Headstand’ Clemenger. The Santosha surfboard prize was the first longboard that Mick Button shaped.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contestant Ian ‘Prive‘ Morris socialising.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

L-R Greg Laurenson, Loz Smith and Robbo at the presentation.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contest winner John ‘Headstand’ Clemenger holding his Santosha Surfboard prize. Commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson, assistant Loz Smith and a stray dog are running the presentation.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Finalists lined-up in front of old brick toilet block at Yallingup Beach – Nerria Winchcombe pic.

L-R Bob Monkman, Robbo, Peter Mac, Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, Peter Dyson (with back to camera), Ross Thompson, Cliff Hills, Gene Hall and Tony Harbison with Keith Campbell and Twiggy just out of shot. John Clemenger is kneeling in front with his surfboard prize and mini Malibu trophy shaped by Greg Laurenson.

Robbo won the worst wipeout award and Dyso was given the tenderfoot award as he cut his toe.

Classic contest heroics, fun presentations and misdeeds at Mal Functions are now embedded in WA surf history.

For further details of the inaugural Classic, click on this link Yallingup Malibu Classic since 1985

—————————————–

  • Tony Wigger-Smith

    Competed a few times but not used to the bigger waves, always a fun weekend still got one of the original tshirts that ive framed.