NORTH NARRABEEN, SYDNEY (Saturday, September 23, 2017): Merewether Surfboard Club has taken out event three on the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series after an action-packed day of surfing in tricky conditions at North Narrabeen Beach.

The Novocastrian club found beautiful rhythm in the windy one-foot peaks, claiming multiple wins across the Skins division and Teams division to take the top spot on the leaderboard. Anchored by former Junior Series stars and perennial boardriders club standouts Travis Lynch, Mitchell Ross and Jackson Brent, Merewether were able to gain a handful of useful points that shot them into the winning position.

“Merewether haven’t had the greatest luck when it comes to this event at Narrabeen, so we’re pumped to be able to seal the deal here today,” said Lynch. “We were actually surprised to see waves here as there was nothing in Merewether when we left this morning, so I think that really frothed the team up to put on a good show. We’re pumped to be able to earn this spot into the National Final, which is just around the corner from our local beach. We can’t wait.”

Joining Merewether in the National Final will be event runner-up and last year’s National Champions Avoca and the Teams division winner North Steyne who claimed second and respectively.

Avoca surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson took out the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack award for a stellar performance in the Females division, which saw her rewarded with the only perfect score of the event.

A slew of renowned clubmen, former World Championship Tour surfers, former Australian Champions and current junior dynamos participated in the action.

Kai Otton (North Steyne), Nathan Webster (North Narrabeen), Russ Molony (North Shelly), Kirra-Belle Olsson (Avoca), Holly Wawn (Bungan), Dane Atcheson (Avoca) and Matt Bemrose (Curl Curl) are surfed for their respective club.

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 2017 for 24 clubs.This weekend’s event will see 13 of the best boardriders clubs in NSW battle it out for a spot in the national final set to run in Newcastle, NSW in February 2018.

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

Results:
1 – Merewether Surfriders – 5125 points
2 – Avoca Boardriders– 5050 points
3 – North Steyne Boardriders– 4800 points
4 – Queenscliff Boardriders – 4674 points
5 – North Avalon Surfriders (NASA) – 4662 points
6 – North Shelly Boardriders – 4462 points
7 – North Curl Curl – 4274 points
8 – North Narrabeen Boardriders – 3962 points
9 – Long Reef Boardriders – 3362 points
10 – East End Boardriders – 3050 points
11 – Wamberal Express Boardriders – 2450 points
12 – Bungan Boardriders – 2050 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