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Local boardrider clubs join lineup to contest national finals

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The Byron Bay Boardriders and Lennox-Ballina Boardriders clubs are all set to compete at the Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series national final at Newcastle Beach on February 16–17 after qualifying in 2018.

Newcastle’s Merewether Surfboard Club joins Phillip Island Boardriders Club, North Shelly Boardriders Club, North Narrabeen Boardriders Club and Culburra Beach Boardriders Club as five of the six wildcard entries to compete in the two-day national final.

Merewether will boast a lineup that will include the likes of World Surf League (WSL) star Ryan Callinan while defending champions Culburra Beach Boardriders Club will potentially field a team consisting of three members of the Wright family with two-time WSL Women’s World Champion Tyler to join brothers and WSL men’s tour stars Owen and Mikey. That’ll be a hard team to beat.

Bede Durbidge (Point Lookout), Adrian Buchan (Avoca), Soli Bailey (Byron Bay), Bronte Macaulay (Margaret River), Nikki van Dijk (Phillip Island), and Connor Oleary (Elouera) are just a few of the many other big names to bolster an already star-studded field of surfers. 

The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country’s biggest grassroots boardrider event, involving more than 60 of Australia’s best boardrider clubs. 

The series is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL), which allows Australian WSL World Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardrider club at respective state qualifying events and the national final.

All Girls sign-on

The All Girls Surfriders club are having their membership sign-on for 2019 on Saturday the February 9 at Lennox beach, just south of the pub between 8am and 10am. 

The club has members from throughout the far north coast and encourages females of all ages and abilities to surf.  Club members range from six to 60-plus years of age riding any type of board.

Check out their website: www.allgirlssurf.com.au.

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