Local surfers scoop the pool at Pa and Ma Bendall Classic
SUNSHINE Coast surfers featured heavily in the Pa and Ma Bendall Classic with five of the seven divisions won by local talent at Moffat Beach.
But it was Mitch Parkinson who stole the show at the 40th anniversary event when he jagged a 10-point ride "at the death" of the final to clinch a memorable victory in the open section.
Parkinson now joins his uncle and 2012 world champion Joel on the winner's trophy after he claimed the event in 2003.
The Gold Coast surfer looked unlikely to win it in the dying stages of the final before he took off on the wave of the day and carved it to pieces with a series of manoeuvres, riding it all the way to the beach.
Event organiser Terry Landsberg said Parkinson was in amazing touch in the clean one-metre swell.
"To score a perfect 10 in the final and step off on to the beach was quite special," he said.
"That ride took him from third place to first with that 10 and it was his last wave at the end of the heat.
"His dad Daryl came third in the legends, so it was a good day for them."
The Gold Coast's Liam O'Brien won the cadets with every other division going to some of Sunshine Coast's finest wave specialists.
Codie Klein (Coolum) won the women's, Connor Lyons (Coolum) claimed the juniors with Clive Sinton (Coolum) taking out the seniors.
Six times open champion Dave Reardon-Smith won the masters with former world tour surfer Shane Bevan (Alexandra Head land) taking out the legends division.
Landsberg said having so many locals stand up was a fitting way to celebrate the competition's historic anniversary.
"We could not have wished for better weather over the weekend with three days of sunshine and fantastic surfing," he said.
"We've had more people than we ever expected with three full days and thousands of people have come down to the event.
"I'm sure Ma and Pa would be more than happy with the turnout we have had today and it's all about supporting the community and the sport of surfing which is what Ma and Pa were all about."
The Pa and Ma Bendall Classic is the second-longest running surfing event in Australia behind the Bells Beach Classic.