The annual Yallingup Malibu Surf Classic (Yal Mal) has been running continuously since 1985.
In 1988 the contest was held in good waves at Yallingup and SW surfing legend Bob Monkman won the first of his four Yal Mals.
On the Saturday Night a Mal Function was held at Yallingup Hall.
Contest presentations were held at the Sunday Session in the beer garden at Caves House Yallingup.
Image: Cover of 1988 Yal Mal contest program.
Dunsborough’s Johanne ‘Jo’ Felton attended the ’88 Yal Mal and provided these social photos of the Mal Function and contest presentations.
Part 1. Mal Function held at Yallingup Hall.
Photo #1 Revellers enjoying drinks.
L-R Jenny Felton, Tania Hills, Maxine and Kenny Gimm and Alan Cough (dec’d).
Photos #2 Revellers
Mark Hills (age 22) – “In 1988 I was so busy opening Hillzeez Surf Shop at Yallingup Beach (in the former Bali Hai Surf Hut) I don’t even remember attending the Mal Function.”
Top: (Left) Deb Hills (Right) Prive dancing with Annie Malcolm and Gina Panonne. In the back ground are Ross Thompsett in yellow t-shirt and Robin Stevens
Bottom: (Left) Mark and Deb Hills with unidentified. (Right) surf photographer Kevin ‘Twiggy’ Sharland (dec’d).
Photos #3 Revellers.
Top: (Left) Brian Felton (dec’d) Jo’s dad trying to co-ordinate his feet on the dance floor. (Right) Mark Hills and unidentified revellers.
Bottom: (Left) Natalie Fuhrmann and Rob Stevens. (Right) Karen and Ron Baker.
Photos #4 Mal Function workers and revellers.
Yallingup residents Tony Chandler and Garth Hammond were barmen at the Mal Function.
Evan Hammond – “I was there. I recall my dad and Tony having a great time drinking one for one with each other”.
Top: (Left) Barmen Tony Chandler and Garth Hammond (dec’d). (Right) The stage set up with sound equipment.
Bottom: (Left) unidentified and Mark Hills. Karen Lloyd in the background. (Right) Deb and Tania Hills.
Part 2. Contest Presentations held at the Sunday Session in the beer garden at Caves House Yallingup.
Jo Felton – “El Toro Tequila sponsored the event. At the presentation the finalists were provided with the sponsors Lick-Sip-Suck t-shirts and El Toro boardies. All the guys were great mates, so I yelled out “better drop your pants and put on your new gear.” The crowd cheered and the boys being good sports dropped their daks and I jumped in and had my photo taken with them.”
Photo #5 Jo with Yal Mal Finalists.
L-R Dave Campbell, Ron Baker, Jo, Twiggy, George Simpson and Dave Sheen.
Photos #6 Finalists changing into their El Toro sponsor outfits.
Photo #7 Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell sitting on George Simpson with the other finalists looking on.
Photos #8 Contestants and spectators at the presentation.
Top: (Left) finalist Ron Baker collecting his award. (Right) Karen Baker and Belinda with Ron Baker.
Bottom: (Left) Belinda with Tania, Deb and Tash Hills and others. (Right) Scotty Richardson with Mark Hills.
Many thanks to Jo for sharing her photos.
Click on this link to view Yallingup Malibu Classic since 1985 published 2 December 2016.
The 2017 Yallingup Malibu Classic will be held 2 and 3 December at Yallingup Beach.