NEXT COMP | Sunday 1 September 2019

Welcome to the 2019 season of the Manly Mal Club!!

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The Birth of MMBC

by Pat O’Neill

In 1985, my wife Hillary and I were living in a little flat on the corner of Dennison Street and Whistler Street with our new baby daughter Lucy. It was a short stroll to the ‘shed’ at Mid-Steyne and the many waves of Manly Beach.

In early June that year the Avalon based Beachcombers Malibu Club held the Australian Malibu Surfing Titles at Manly and they set up at Mid-Steyne. There was a big line-up of surfing legends in the draw and I wandered down to the shed to check out the action.

I was not alone.

Standing, watching the competition progress, I started chatting to fellow surfers around me who I recognized as regular local longboarders. We all had a common love of the peaks around Mid and North Steyne and thought that the time could be right to form a club of our own for fellow longboard enthusiasts of the area.

The first step was to have a social get-together and discuss this concept. A group of these surfers lived together in a large house on Quinton Road, nicknamed ‘The Crag’. This was a perfect venue for a meeting and so they hosted a barby, plus a live band, to kick proceedings off. It was a full-on days entertainment and socializing and the roots of Manly Malibu Boardriders Club took hold on that day. A formal vote was taken amongst those present and a committee was elected to get the club up and running.

Darryl ‘Butch’ Thurbon was nominated to be Club President along with Debbie Elliot as secretary, and committee members Steve ‘Wobby’ Forest, Dale McNally, Mark Johnson, Berry ‘Buzz’ Van Vloten and myself.

There must have been similar thoughts amongst the longboarders of Long Reef and they subsequently formed the Reefriders Malibu Club. On Australia Day weekend in 1986, the Manly Mal guys and Reefiders combined to hold their first major longboard event: the Northern Beaches Malibu Classic ’86 at Long Reef.

Subsequently we adopted plans to stage our own event at Manly. After much deliberation we chose the Queen’s Birthday weekend as the most suitable date and organised the required council permits, sponsors, and the infrastructure to stage the Malibu Tropical Rum Winter Longboard Classic in June 1987. There was a lot of fledgling longboard club activity going on up and down the east coast of Australia at this time and we had to choose a date that would not only offer enough time for surfers to travel to and from the event but also not to conflict with events already happening on the Gold Coast, Newcastle and other beaches along the coast. So the mid-year dates were locked in and the rest is history! Thanks to the much valued support of Malibu Tropical Rum the event was a success for us and many bottles of the sponsor’s fine product were consumed in rousing celebration.

In the 1980s one of the most enthusiastic Manly beach goers was an ageing grommet named Charles McAlister, or ‘Snowy’ as he was called by his mates. And without doubt every surfer in Manly saw him as their mate. He was a gentleman from times gone by. He had surfing pedigree that went back to Duke Kahanamoku’s famous visit in 1915 and had actively participated and supported the sport since then. It was pretty obvious that he was a local legend and the decision to honour him was forthcoming. In fitting with this humble man, he at first resisted having an event named after him but with the enthusiastic love that was obviously our motive he accepted our proposal and the C.J. McAlister Winter Longboard Festival was born.

The meagre beginnings of the original event have consolidated and grown year by year. Many Australian legends such as our own Longboard World Champion Stuart Entwhistle along with champion surfers like Frank Latta, Mark Rabbidge, Wayne Deane and many more, as well as overseas visitors like US great David Nuuhiwa, have not only put their names on the champions lists but have also helped create the international prestige event that it is today. I’m sure Snow is proud that his legacy lives on in this great Australian surfing competition. The club has also honoured other legends of Australian surf history as patrons such as one of Snow’s old competitive buddy, Roger Keiron and Manly Store-a-board’s Bob Brewster. MMBC not embraces the proud history of Manly Beach, it has now become a vital part of it.


Life Members

Ian Goodacre

Greg Rath

John Giles

Stuart Entwistle

Peter Astorini

Pat and Hillary O'Neill

Rob Holt

Jo Astorini

Adam Albertini

Lynden Riley

Mark Johnson

Ken Gray

Mario Lofaro

Rod Walsh

Ray Moran

Cam Gray

Steve Forrest

Darryl Thurbon

Peter Crane

Dave Keys

Jack Daniels


Past Winners

Open Men

Open Women

1986

Greg Rath

1987

Mario Lofaro

1988

Rob Holt

1989

Rob Holt

1990

Lynden Riley

1991

Stewart Entwistle

1992

Rob Holt

1993

Rob Holt

1994

-

1995

Lynden Riley

1996

Hayden Swan

1997

Hayden Swan

1998

-

1999

Cameron Gray

2000

Lynden Riley

2001

Cameron Gray

2002

Andy McDonald

2003

Andy McDonald

2004

Dave English

2005

Cameron Gray

2006

Cameron Gray

2007

Cameron Gray

2008

Cameron Gray

2009

Cameron Gray

2010

Cameron Gray

2011

Cameron Gray

2012

Cameron Gray

2013

Jack Entwistle

2014

Cameron Gray

2015

Declan Wyton

2016

Declan Wyton

2017

Declan Wyton

2018

Tom Oliver

1986

Karyn Tumminello

1987

Robyn Jeudwine

1988

Robyn Jeudwine

1989

Jody Holmes

1990

Robyn Law

1991

-

1992

J. Keys

1993

Kylie Johnson

1994

-

1995

Jenny Sheehan

1996

Lauren Grey

1997

Jenny Sheehan

1998

-

1999

Lauren Grey

2000

-

2001

Sue McComb

2002

Sue McComb

2003

Sue McComb

2004

Vivienne Cresswell

2005

Sue McComb

2006

Sue McComb

2007

Sue McComb

2008

Sue McComb

2009

Ashley Beer

2010

Sue McComb

2011

Sue McComb

2012

Sue McComb

2013

Sue McComb

2014

Samantha Walker

2015

Samantha Walker

2016

Meghan Knox

2017

Tully White

2018

Samantha Simmons
(nee Walker)