Le-Ba into national boardriders final The Le-Ba (Lennox Head/Ballina) Boardriders have claimed their second Nudie Australian Boardriders final’s berth in as many years, after winning the northern NSW qualifier in punchy 1.2-metre waves at Diggers Beach, at Coffs Harbour last weekend. Le-Ba looked solid over the entirety of the event, but in a collective effort from all team members – James Wood, Mikey McDonagh, Nyxie and Dembe Ryan and Marcus Aboody – the club hit it’s stride in the final. Le-Ba showed a healthy mix of time-management skills and critical surfing with three of the six scoring-waves of the final going into the excellent range (eight points and above). ‘We’re so stoked to win this for the second year on the trot,’ said Le-Ba president and club stalwart James Wood. ‘Every surfer in the team lifted their game and put on some really solid displays of surfing over the course of the event and I think they should all be really proud of how they surfed. ‘With the exception of Marcus and I, we had a pretty young team and they all rose to the occasion. Bring on the national final,’ he said. Coffs Harbour (second place) and Kingscliff (third) Boardriders will join Le-Ba at the national final next February in Newcastle. The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country’s biggest grassroots boardriders event, involving more than 60 clubs and $110,000 in prize money.
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