Yamba to host Australian Boardriders Battle this weekend

James Wood from LeBa Boardriders is looking forward to participating at this weekend's Australian Boardriders Battle in Yamba. Photo Ethan Smith / SNSW.

James Wood from LeBa Boardriders is looking forward to participating at this weekend’s Australian Boardriders Battle in Yamba. Photo Ethan Smith / SNSW.


After a successful event in Sydney last weekend, the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle is now set to venture north to Yamba this coming weekend where 11 northern NSW boardriders’ clubs will duke it out in an attempt to secure a spot in the National Final, which will take place in Cronulla in January.

‘As a boardriders’ club member, this is something we’ve been looking forward to all year,’ said former Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour (WCT) surfer and Coffs Harbour Boardriders Team Captain Lee Winkler. ‘Coffs Harbour Boardriders are an extremely passionate club and we’re all looking forward to competing in Yamba this weekend.’

The Yamba community has also embraced the upcoming event with open arms.

‘We welcome all the competitors, their supporters, family and friends to Yamba,’ Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson said. ‘Good luck in the surf and make sure you put some time aside to enjoy our top class cafes, restaurants, shops and natural environment. We look forward to seeing you all for a return visit.’

Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Old Bar (Saltwater Boardriders), Sawtell, Angourie, Byron Bay, Lennox Head/Ballina (LeBa), Cabarita, Kingscliff, Evans Head (Half Tide Boardriders) and Minnie Waters (Yuraygir Boardriders) have all entered teams in the event.

The daily running schedule and contest location will be confirmed on the event hotline (0458 247 212) after 6:45am each day of the event.

The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle is the country’s biggest grassroots, boardriders’ event series with $120,000 in prize money. It will involve more than 100 of Australia’s best boardriders’ clubs in eight state qualifying rounds starting in October and culminate in a two-day, national final for 20 clubs on the Australia Day Long Weekend on 24-25 January, 2015 at Cronulla in Sydney.

Each club team will include one junior (Under 18) surfer, four open age surfers, and one over 35 surfer. Each team must include one female surfer. An exciting event format will see teams battle it out in a Women’s division, five-person Teams’ division and a Skins competition.

The series is officially sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), which allows Australian ASP World Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders’ club at respective State qualifying events and the national final.

In total $120,000 is up for grabs across the entire National Series including the National Final. There is $33,000 available across the eight state qualifying events, while $87,000 will be on offer at the national final. The winning boardriders’ club will receive $20,000, while $42,000 will be split between the clubs finishing second to 20th.


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