Curly Maljam is a longboard surfing contest with prize purse of over $12,000 dollars. Maljam celebrates the 3 main stages of the Longboard evolution from the early 1950’s hollow Wooden Boards, to the Single Fins and the modern day Performance models.
Curly Maljam is Australian longboarding’s premier Sydney event – attracting the cream of the nation’s riders and past and present World Champions all going head to head with the best of the locals.“…The Maljam idea brings together the different longboarding styles, attitudes and riders…”
Maljam is hosted by the Curl Curl Longboarders, although a small club, they have a long history in longboard events. Their long running and popular ‘LogJam Old Mal’ event was the forerunner to the current Maljam.
The Evolution of Longboarding
Okanui’s and Toothpicks. By today’s standards they barely resemble a surfboard.
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
Born in the 50’s and refined in the 60’s. These longboards defined the era of design experimentation such as performance, speed, and adjustments for different conditions – everything was being constantly altered, including the nose, shape, curve and tail.
Under the feet of an expert, the modern day ‘log’ is transformed with graceful glides, nose rides, drop knee cutbacks, coffins and trimming manoeuvres.
This was the standout final at last years Maljam.
Since the Longboard resurgence in the late 80’s, the modern Longboard has gone through its own revolution in design.
Surfers want to push the limits, they want the benefits of both a longboard and the manoeuvrability of a short board. Narrower, lighter and more curve in the bottom these boards are built to throw around.
Suits North Curly’s infamous steep take off and shallow water sandbanks.
“As a sponsor in 2011 I was totally stoked with the organisation, atmosphere, promotion and professionalism of the North Curl Curl event. The exposure of my business and products exceeded my expectations.”Tim Reilly - 4 Elements Sports Coaching
“I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about the 2011 Maljam. The formal organisation and atmosphere was regarded by the world’s best surfers as first class.”Dane Jordan - CEO. Association of Surfing Professionals
Curl Curl Longboarders
Curl Curl longboarders – A bunch of ladies and gents and kids who all love longboarding. They meet on the last Sunday of every month for a BBQ and a friendly competition. For more information click here