Sunday 22 October 2017 / 12:09 PM

AVOCA CROWNED AUSTRALIAN BOARDRIDERS BATTLE CHAMPS

Avoca Boardriders are the new nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final champions after taking down a star-studded lineup of over 24 boardriding clubs from all around Australia.

In a Grand Final matchup that pitched the Central Coast club – anchored by World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) surfers Matt Wilkinson and Adrian “Ace” Buchan – against reigning champions Narrabeen as well as Snapper Rocks and Bondi, Avoca reigned supreme notching up a giant 35.40 heat total.

Despite the fact Avoca suffered a five-point deduction due to Wilkinson catching more than the allocated wave limit, the club dominated the hour-long affair with all surfers posting an array of impressive scores.

“That was so much fun and has made for such a sick weekend,” said Wilkinson. “There’s been so many good surfers in this club for so long and if it wasn’t so hard to get us all together we could maybe win more of these events, but once we all come together I think it really displays how much depth we have in the club.”

Fellow Avoca surfer and CT surfer Adrian Buchan relished the chance to give back to the club that has supported him for several decades.

“For me personally it feels amazing to give back to the club that supported me since I was a grommet,” said Buchan. “This club provided for me financially when I went to National and World Titles in my early days and have always had my back and they continue to when they get up in the middle of the night to watch our heats online when we’re away competing.  To be fair, I think the Central Coast rivalry we have with the North Shelly guys has really inspired the entire club and pushed us to expand the depth of our own club and given us a spark to win. To also surf with people like Sam Chell, who I’ve looked up to for a long time and maybe inspire the younger members is an incredible feeling.”

Representing the runner-up club Snapper Rocks, six times World Champion Stephanie Gilmore said the camaraderie in the club really helped drive them into the runner-up position.

“This is a great event for team culture and helps grow the camaraderie between all the members,” said Gilmore. “It was certainly nerve-racking to be put under that pressure to perform but it’s also the perfect practice for a World Tour event.”

2012 World Champion and Snapper Rocks surfer Joel Parkinson echoed similar sentiments.

“We’re all passionate about this club and our local beach, which is something every surfer in this event shares,” said Parkinson. “The waves we got here and the venue truly provided the perfect amphitheatre for all the clubs. I already can’t wait for next year.”

For more information and image head to www.WorldSurfLeague.com, on the WSL app

For all results head to www.australianboardridersbattle.com 

LEADERBOARD
1 – Avoca
2 – Snapper Rocks
3 – Bondi
4 – North Narrabeen
5 – Merewether
6 – Point Lookout
7 – Le-Ba
8  – Seaford
9 – Queenscliff
10 – Elouera
11 – Burleigh
12 – Coffs Harbour
13 – Scarborough
14 – North Avalon
15 – Culburra
16 – Byron Bay
17 – Torquay
18 – Margaret River
19 – Frenchmans
20 – D’Bah
21 – Cabarita
22 – Peninsula
23 – Geraldton
24 – North West Awards

Layne Beachley Medal – Stephanie Gilmore (Snapper Rocks)
Rabbit Bartholomew Medal – Perth Standlick (Bondi)
Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack Award – Ryan Callinan (Merewether)
Nudie Junior Spirit Award – Kirra-Belle Olsson  (Avoca)
Fox Sports Patriot Club – Merewether

The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series involves more than 60 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs in eight state qualifying rounds and culminate in a National Final in Newcastle in February for a bolstered 24 clubs.

The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle hasofficial sanctioning by the World Surf League (WSL), which allows Australian WSL Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective state qualifying events and the National Final.

The prestigious National Final event includes the nudie trials on Friday 17th February 2017, which will be the final qualifying opportunity for clubs in the Newcastle region for a Wildcard position for the National Final.

There’s $160,000 cash and prizes up for grabs for clubs across the National Series including $24,000 prize money split between eight State events and $85,500 prize money across the Newcastle National Final with the winning boardriders taking home a huge $20,000 and an overseas trip for 6 surfers from the winning club thanks to World Surfaris valued at $30,000. To top things off, there’s an additional $20,000 in prizes across the series.

The purpose of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle program is to build the profile and capacity of community boardriders clubs Australia-wide. Over the next three years, more than $450,000 will be invested into grassroots clubs through the partnership. 

Major sponsors of the 2016/17 series include the naming rights partnernudie and supporting sponsors Toyota, Oakley, Nikon, Milwaukee, Destination NSW, The City of Newcastle, DrinkWise, World Surfaris, Fox Sports, World Surf League, mySURF.tv, XXXX Summer Bright Lager and Surfing Australia.

To find out more information, please visit www.australianboardridersbattle.com

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