Friday, April 20, 2012

The Maljam

Okanui’s and Toothpicks by today’s standards they barely resemble a surfboard.The toothpick is an Australian designed and built craft originally designed for surf life saving. It’s made of timber, is hollow and has no fin. To turn them surfers used to drop the toes of their back foot into the water using their foot as a rudder. The hollow Okanui surfed from the late 40’s – 50’s until balsa was available.
Both are still handmade today by skilled craftsmen. At Maljam it’s a demonstration event that is sure to please the crowd...

 The Maljam is a celebration of the evolution of the longboard and is proud to have events on the day that reflect the progress from the toothpick through the okanui, Malibu ,foam “log” and the modern high performance hot dogger. The current World Champ, Taylor Jensen, will be competing along with  current Aussie Champ Josh Constable. Former World number one Haley Ingelby will also contest the prize money that was provided by major sponsor, Tim Riley of the 4 Elements Sporting Academy.

A host of local and interstate competitors will be in the mix for rewards that the richest one day surfing Event Australia has to offer.  Attending also will be members of the Barry Bennett family who will mingle with the crowd and explain some of the finer points of the longboard evolution.

Looking forward to seeing you all at North Curl Curl on April the 28th to enjoy the work of the world’s best longboarders, trade displays, great food and the company of the some of the icons of our sport.

 - Phil Nicol – President Curl Curl Longboarders

Simon Cox from Curl Curl Longboarders says: ‘We recognised that the modern day Single Fin Log riders were due the same recognition and rewards that the ‘performance’ guys get. The Maljam idea brings together the different longboarding styles, attitudes and riders for some serious fun at North Curly.” In 2011, Curly Maljam Pro was the first Australian event to support the ‘Single Fin Logger’ concept by awarding big prize money, which this year has paved the way for many other competitions to follow. All good for Longboarding.

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