The hot local topic of holding a pro surfing event at Lennox Point, which is now part of the Lennox National Surfing Reserve, will be on the agenda when the North East Surfers Alliance holds information day from 10am at Pat Morton Lookout, Lennox Head, on Saturday, June 28.

Over the past month, the group has been collecting signatures on a petition to be lodged with Ballina Shire Council calling for a ban on all commercial surf contests at Lennox Point.

Ed Standfield, spokesman for the group, told this week’s Ballina Shire Advocate that several hundred signatures had already been collected.

The petition came about as surf company Rip Curl earlier this year proposed to hold a Search event at the Point next year.

Representatives from the company met with Ballina Shire Council staff last week.

Council staff were seeking more information on the proposal to see if a Development Application needed to be lodged, or if the event would fall under council’s event policy.

Ed, who has been surfing the point since the late 1960s, said petitions would be available for signing on Saturday.

And he will have information, including the results for a survey of Ballina businesses, on display.

Ed said 84 per cent of the businesses in the group surveyed in Ballina’s CBD did not want to see a commercial surf competition held at Lennox Point, but he wasn’t able to say how many businesses responded to the survey. That information will be available on Saturday.

However, it is believed that some Lennox Head businesses might support such a proposal.

Meanwhile, the swell has dropped overnight to about five foot and is on the bumpy side.

The forecast for the weekend is for south-west to south-east winds, turning north to north-west on Sunday.

Marine weather:

Friday: S/SW 15/20 knots tending S/SE 10/15 knots in the afternoon. Sea: 1/2 metres abating to 1 metre. Swell: S about 2 metres.

Outlook Saturday: SW/SE 10/15 knots. Sea: to 1 metre. Swell: S 1/2 metres.

Outlook Sunday: N/NW 10/15 knots.

Outlook Monday: NW 10/15 knots.