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From left, team Quiksilver’s Craig Warton, Mat Crandle, Danny Wills, and Dave Tygh with event organiser, Mark ‘Kracka’ Krackowizer. Photo Jeff ‘Puttering Since 1986’ Dawson.

The Byron Bay Boardriders are running the 11th annual Skullcandy Byron Bay Boardriders Charity Golf Day on Sunday, November 13. 

This year is special, say organisers, as it is also the tenth annual Surf Industry Challenge, a popular subset of the event.

Organiser, Mark Krackowizer, says, ‘The Challenge allows local surf companies to compete to get their names on the coveted perpetual trophy designed by Mark “Mono” Stewart, and to display the trophy for the coming year’.  

‘Team Quiksilver has dominated the event with four wins over the last ten years, but there are some strong teams in the field this year, so the door is open for a challenger to take their title. Other past winners include MC Surf Designs and Skullcandy’.

Helping families in need

Mark says, ‘Last year’s event raised more than $10,000 to support BBB junior programs, and help locals needing a hand’. 

‘When a Byron family with several children unexpectedly lost a parent this year, the club was able to assist with helping to complete their partially built home with funds from this event. 

‘The club has also helped community members fighting cancer and brain trauma.

‘By training local junior surfers, the club is able to grow team members, who have taken on senior leadership positions in the World Surfing League, as well as competing and winning at the highest levels of the world tour.  

‘As recently as last weekend, the club was able to win the North Coast Australian Boardriders Tag Team Event, and will move on to the Australian Championships in early 2023’.

Mark adds, ‘The event has raised over $60,000 since its inception, and the club wholeheartedly thanks the Byron Bay community for generously donating through hole sponsorship and raffle donations’.  

To play in the event, contact Byron Bay Golf Club. For sponsorship or raffle donations, call 0431 570 574.

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