Held each year by the Windansea Boardriders Club, it's a unique contest with a lit vibe and when the waves turn on, it's a great place to be.
Ma and Pa Bendall
The Ma and Pa Bendall, and Easter long weekend tradition, was run and won yesterday. The guys and girls scored good waves and sunshine and the standard of surfing was something else.
This event gets its name from Ma – Majorie; and Pa – Charles Bendall. They were a couple well into their 50’s when they started to surf Moffat Headland in the mid 1960’s. Ma and Pa also owned a block of flats which was a bit of a youth hostel and halfway house for the youth of the Sunshine Coast. They took them surfing to keep them off the streets, and a number of kids got their life back on track through Ma and Pa.
They were also filmmakers and made a movie around their own experiences learning to surf in their 50’s, titled, Never Too Old … The film featured in cinemas up and down the east coast, and endeared them to everyone.
But it was back home where they were especially appreciated. With their big hearts and love of the ocean, they become local legends, and when Pa died in 1974, the Moffat’s locals held a contest out of respect to Pa.
Later in 2001, Ma passed on at the ripe old age of 91, and the the Ma and Pa Bendall contest was born. Held each year by the Windansea Boardriders Club, it’s a unique contest with a lit vibe and when the waves turn on, it’s a great place to be.
All photos – Dan Hayward
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