Byron Bay Malibu Club inc.

 

About The Club

Originally being established as an offshoot from the Byron Bay Se
ahorse Boardriders Club in 1980, BBMC took the lead in providing events and social activities for the growing Malibu (read longboard) riders in the town and adjacent areas.


With the Seahorses running the annual Easter Classic, the Mal Club decided to establish it's first Annual Malibu Classic in 1980 and has maintained its drive to this day.


From the beginning, the Club has centred its activities around Wategos Beach - which is a great venue for viewing and presents a serene environment for surfing, often turning on long well shaped waves, perfect for the longboard.


The Mal Club brings together over 100 members. On the second Sunday of each month you can find them all in the Wategos BBQ area socialising and running their pointscore event.With a strong family involvement, there is a growing cadet membership (the Keikis) and they have their own little contest. The juniors all surf with the oldies in the main events of the morning.


BBMC has had its impact outside the Shire over the years, with significant competitive successes and it's surfers have reached many national finals and championships, amongst them being Gareth Donovan, Jason and Ronnie Blewitt, Sandy Day, Louise Tiernan, Ian Williams, Jackson Close, Angela King, Sput Keevers, Alan Atkins, Ian Pearson and John Giles -with the list increasing with each season.


The support of sponsors is a major asset in the daily running of any voluntary community Club such as the BBMC. We have been very fortunate to have widespread support for our activities, especially for the major ones like the Byron Bay Mal Classic, which is held every year.


As well as a fun event for participants, the annual Byron Bay Malibu Classic has a serious community side, in that major community charities are nominated each year for donation of significant funds from the proceeds of the event.


Over the years over $100,000 has been distributed to worthy community charities including - Byron Bay Hospital, Byron Pre-School, Cancer Care Lismore, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, Cape Byron Trust and theVariety Club of Australia.


A huge number of local and national businesses generously support “The Mal Classic” and many have been sponsoring the event since its inception.


The Headland Reserve, which includes Wategos Beach, is dear to our heart - as it’s here that we hold our monthly club contest and is to most of our members their "home beach". The barbeque facilities were built by club members for public use and financed from funds raised by the Club. Each year some of the event proceeds are allocated to the Headland Trust to assist in the maintenance and beautification of the Wategos Beach area. We have recently upgraded the BBQ facilities, compliments of the 2004 event.


For more on the early years of the club, take the link to The Early Daze.