Masters of the ‘old mal’ in Mangawhai

Mangawhai is hosting the seventh annual Logger Heads surfing competition this Saturday, March 7.

The Logger Heads event is one of the last surviving longboard surfing competitions in the country and is highly anticipated by surfers from all breaks.

Last year saw 63 surfers compete at Mangawhai across nine divisions, including the Old Mal division, which requires surfers to use pre-1970s longboards. A logger board is traditionally longer than nine feet, has a single fin and is ridden without an arm leash.

Because they are less agile, they take longer to master and it is considered a lost art form among surfers.

Having a heavier board with more space allows for techniques like nose riding, which is not often seen on modern, smaller boards.

See Logger Heads NZ on Facebook for details.