Gold Coast, Queensland Saturday 26th August, 2017 – A star studded line-up of Queensland’s best boardriders clubs converged on Duranbah Beach today for the Queensland qualifying leg of the 2017/18 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle. Burleigh Heads Boardriders took home the trophy for 2017 and will be joined by Snapper Rocks Surfriders, North Shore Boardriders and Point Lookout Boardriders at the national final in Newcastle in February 2018.
Opening rounds of competition saw World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour athletes Mick Fanning (Tugun, QLD) and Bede Durbidge (Currumbin, QLD) battle it out in pumping 3ft (1.5m) conditions as they played their part in representing their local clubs, Kirra Surfriders and Point Lookout Boardriders. Durbidge was the stand out surfer of the day, taking out multiple skins heats and locking in the highest single wave score of the event with a near perfect 9.83 (out of a possible 10.00).
“It’s such a great thing to represent your club and give back to where it all started from for us,” said Durbidge.
“I love competing in these boardriders battles, I still get nervous so it’s really exciting. It’s great to get out there with the younger kids and all the girls. It brings everyone together and it’s a great event.”
As the field narrowed throughout the afternoon, the tag team final saw an extremely close race to the finish with six clubs all within 100 points of claiming victory. With some huge scores in the final, it came down to the wire but in the end it was the Burleigh Heads Boardriders who continued their surge until the final siren sounded. Led by ex WSL Championship Tour surfer Jay ‘Bottle’ Thompson (Burleigh Heads, QLD) the reigning champions utilized power surfer James Woods (Elanora, QLD) to surf their way to back to back victories.
“Going into the final as the power surfer you’re always under a bit of pressure, I just tried to get a wave as soon as possible. We pretty much had a perfect final, everyone had the best waves they got all day,” said Woods.
“The last few year’s we’ve done well here but last year we had a shocker in Newcastle. This year we’ve got a really strong team heading down. We’re hoping to get some good waves and we’ll see how everything goes in February,”
All four of the qualifying teams take home a slice of the $5,000 prize purse and secure a spot in the national final where they will take on 24 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs for the opportunity to claim the prestigious nudie Australian Boardriders Title for 2017/18.
Today’s Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack award went to Blake Wilson (Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast) for his massive forehand roundhouse cut back combined with an under the lip reentry off the white water.
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL), which allows Australian WSL Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective state qualifying events as well as the national final.
1. Burleigh Heads Boardriders
2. Snapper Rocks Surfriders
3. North Shore Boardriders
4. Point Lookout Boardriders
NATIONAL FINAL – Newcastle Beach, NSW – Feb 16-18, 2017
Major sponsors of the 2017/18 series include the naming rights partner nudie and supporting sponsors Oakley, Nikon, Woolworths, Milwaukee, Destination NSW, Newcastle City Council, World Surfaris, World Surf League, mySURF.tv and Surfing Australia.
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