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A larger-than-ever field of talented surfers is expected to compete when the far north coast of New South Wales plays host to the second annual nudie Australian Adaptive Surfing Titles over June 24–25, 2017.

Defending nudie champion and International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Champion Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart of Byron Bay spoke of the importance of the event to adaptive athletes in Australia.

‘I can’t wait for the upcoming nudie adaptive surfing titles in June,’ said Stewart.  ‘Over the past twelve months awareness for adaptive surfing has grown phenomenally and hopefully has reached many new potential participants.

‘I’m really looking forward to helping the adaptive children and women at this year’s event too. Fingers crossed for some great fun and surf conditions.’

Results from competition on the Sunday of the event will serve as a springboard for selection to Team Australia  for the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Adaptive Surfing Championships later in 2017.

Last year the event was held at Cabarita, and this year’s location will depend on conditions on the day.

BK Classic

Also on the calendar is the Byron Bay Boardriders presentation of the BK Classic and the Willsy X Groms to be held in Byron Bay over June 10–12.

Previously known as the Easter Classic the event is a family affair featuring 11 divisions and more than 200 competitors aged 8–60 years.

The event was renamed the BK Surf Classic in memory of Byron Bay Boardriders president, Ben King, who died suddenly in 2006.

The contest started from the original event that Mick Cosmic Birch and Digger Morrow (RIP) organised.

The Willsy X Groms is a new addition for 2017 and will be keenly contested by the competitors who come from all over the east coast.

Local legend Danny Wills and Byron Bay Boardriders want to ignite a fire in the grommet ranks with this new competition.

Still ripping, and vice-president of the Byron Bay Boardriders club, Danny is still giving back to the community. It’s his mission to nurture the up-and-coming talent and he wants to grow and promote the sport at grassroots level.

Danny knows the future is with the youngsters and he wants to give back to a sport that was so kind to him.

Be quick as entries are limited. For information see www.bksurfclassic.com.au.


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