TRIGG BEACH WA/AUS (Saturday 21st October 2018), The Margaret River Boardriders Club have dug deep in tricky summer-like swells off the Perth metropolitan coastline, to claim a dominant and impressive victory at the fifth event of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series today in Western Australia.
Five of WA’s best grass-roots boardriding clubs converged on Trigg Beach, where they battled small but highly contestable conditions. A stacked field of current, former and aspiring WA surfing champions made the most of the swell on offer, serving up an action-packed day of competition surfing.
In a typically individual sport, surfers from right across WA revelled in the opportunity to represent their local club, with hopes of qualifying for the National Final in Newcastle, NSW in February 2018.
Led by the performance of Jacob Willcox, Margaret River secured top spot on the event leaderboard, thanks to a solid performance in the Skins, Women’s and Teams divisions.
Showing their class at every opportunity, Margaret River edged out longtime rivals Yallingup in second place, who finished ahead of Trigg Point and Cowaramup Bay in third and fourth respectively.
Willcox’s lightening fast forehand attack proved fatal as he dropped excellent scores at will in the groomed 1-2 feet waves on offer. Willcox gave Margaret River an early lead through the Skins heats which they never relinquished for the remainder of the event.
“Yeah the conditions are pretty small, but the bank out there is really good and the wind is super clean offshore,” said Willcox. “It’s a hot day down here and all the clubs are really getting into it and I’m stoked to have done what I can to Margs help get the win.”
Mia McCarthy added some valuable points to Margaret River’s overall total with victory in the Women’s division. Using her small and light weight frame perfectly, McCarthy posted an 8.33 (from a possible 10), defeating rising stars Emma Cattlin (Yallingup), Arabelle Gibson (Cowaramup Bay), Taiana Duncan (Geraldton) and Rosie Mahoney (Trigg Point).
“I grew up surfing along this stretch of beach and it’s always a treat to come back,” said McCarthy. “When the waves come through they are super fun and offer some great sections.”
Today’s action peaked as the Teams final hit the water, showcasing the depth of talent on offer across the WA clubs competing. Combing the best two scores from each surfer, the 60 minute final went down to the wire as surfers rose to the occasion.
Willcox kicked off the final in empathic style for Margaret River, dropping a near perfect 9.17 (from a possible 10) and back it up with a 6.83 (from a possible 10), setting his club up perfectly for victory.
Following in Willcox’s footsteps, Ben Spence, Jerome Forrest, Mia McCarthy, and Andrew Sheridan all scored highly, leaving Margaret River on combined total of 64.16, finishing ahead of Trigg Point on 57.83, Cowaramup Bay in third on 55.49 and Yallingup in fourth on 46.60.
“After the disappointment of bowing out early last year and having to rely on the wildcard process to make the National final, it’s a really satisfying feeling to claim the win here today,” said Margaret River Club Captain Andrew Sheridan. “Everyone was ripping today given the size of the waves on offer and I’d like to congratulate all the clubs for such a fun day.”
The Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack award was presented to Margaret River’s Jerome Forrest for his amazing combination of power and style, posting the highest individual score of the day 9.50 (from a possible 10).
“I’m stoked to claim this prize,” said Forrest. “I’m a roof plumber and this a very handy addition to my toolbox, thanks Milwaukee.”
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series will involve more than 60 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs in eight state qualifying rounds and will culminate in a National final in NSW in February 2018 for 24 clubs.
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.
The purpose of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle program is to build the profile and capacity of community boardriders clubs Australia-wide. In the past four years, Surfing Australia has invested over $600,000 into Surfing Australia affiliated boardriders clubs as part of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series.
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.
To find out more information, please visit www.australianboardridersbattle.com
nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Final Results WA:
1 – Margaret River – 7900 points
2 – Yallingup – 6262 points
3 – Trigg Point – 6225 points
4 – Cowaramup Bay – 5850 points
5 – Geraldton – 4874 points
nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series 2017/18:
EVENT 1 – Gold Coast, QLD – August 26, 2017
EVENT 2 – NSW South – Kiama, NSW – Sept 2, 2017
EVENT 3 – NSW Central – North Narrabeen, NSW – Sept 23, 2017
EVENT 4 – NSW Nth – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Oct 7, 2017
EVENT 5 – Trigg, WA – Oct 21, 2017
EVENT 6 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Nov 11, 2017
EVENT 7 – Phillip Island, VIC – Dec 9, 2017
EVENT 8 – Clifton Beach, TAS – Dec 16, 2017
NATIONAL FINAL – Newcastle Beach, NSW – Feb 16-18, 2017