Illness not slowing Port Lincoln's Kiwi White

Local surfer Kiwi White has showed illness will not stop him from achieving in the surf after taking out the 75 and over category at the Crescent Head Malibu Classic in New South Wales from May 23 to 25.

Mr White, 74, qualified for the event due to his birth year and took part despite being diagnosed with stage four mesothelioma, which is a rare type of cancer that mostly affects the lungs and is linked to exposure to asbestos.

A competitor at the event for the last 12 years, Mr White had pushed for the 75 and over category to be created, which he said had not been done anywhere else in the world.

Mr White - who had the okay from his oncologist to take part - was one of six in the age group, including 78-year-old Ray Moran, who was not able to stand up on his board.

Contest organisers arranged for Mr White to be taken out on a jetski while a younger surfer paddled his board out to him.

Mr White said he had a "superb" run and was able to catch a wave straight away.

"When I finished the wave I got back on the beach and people patted me on the back," he said.

There was more celebration at the presentations on the final day with the 75 and over category coming down to Mr White and Peter Cox.

There were cheers after club president Roger Fergusson read Mr Cox's name as runner up, leaving Mr White as the winner.

Mr White thanked his oncologist, the other competitors, event organisers and all who supported him.

"My next amibition is to hang around for the over 85s," he said.