Burleigh's Historic Single Fin Classic With Jack Lynch

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posted by James Willmott

Now in its 20th year, the 2017 Burleigh Single Fin Classic, presented by the kind folks at Billabong, is an event dedicated to grassroots surfing and the rich history that comes with it. Originally surfacing as a competition to help grow the local Burleigh Boardriders Club, the event has grown significantly since its humble beginnings, now welcoming thousands of spectators to the beautiful, world renowned headland to witness a mindblowing display of surfing like non other; a modern day twist on old school boards that at one stage were so common. To add to the excitement and stay true to the roots of the event, competitors must have a board that ranges between 30-55 years old – yep, that’s boards with one fin made before 1981, something our ambassador Jack Lynch is all too familiar with.

We hung out for the weekend with the man himself to get a taste of the elements within the epic event, embrace Burleigh’s grassroots surfing history and celebrate a time once surfed.

“This was my third year in a row competing at the Burleigh Single Fin and it’s always so epic. We usually make the trip up from Byron with a big crew full of good mates, around three car loads to be exact. It’s just such a sick weekend, it’s summer so everyone’s loving it, just parking up and sitting on the point with your friends, and there always seems to be swell. The whole vibe is epic, especially having a few beers and catching up with people that I haven’t seen for a while because we are finally all in one spot. It’s also epic to see everyone pulling out their old boards and seeing all the history come together at once.”

“My board is a 5’10 McCoy single fin from the really late 70’s. It was shaped out of Byron Shire, so it’s really special riding something so close to home. “

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Imagery: Brandon Rooney