Phillip Island, VIC/AUS (Saturday 9th December 2017): Phillip Island Boardriders Club have claimed the Victorian round of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle at their home break of Cape Woolamai today.
With victory at sea conditions at the powerful beachbreak, competitors were faced with strong onshore winds and an increasing swell throughout the day.
Phillip Island proved that their local knowledge was superior, by claiming the overall event in a dramatic teams final and scoring a spot in the National Final at Newcastle.
Needing a first place finish and requiring Torquay and Peninsula Boardriders to place third and fourth, Phillip Island surfed with poise and took the Teams Division and finished with a cumulative total of 7000 points
Elder statesman of the club, Glyndyn Ringrose was stoked to see Phillip Island back to its glory days of surfing events.
“Its unreal to finally win an ABB! Its good to get our club back up to where we were surfing a few years ago.”
“The whole team can’t wait to get up to the National final in Newcastle and go against some of the best clubs in the country.”
“This club is so essential to the junior development of surfers on Phillip island. To give them a chance to surf against older more experienced surfers is invaluable for their development.”
Placing in second overall was 13th Beach Boardriders, who just fell short of first place with a total of 6725 points
After leading for most of the day, Torquay Boardriders club fell at the final hurdle and finished the day overall with a total of 6650 points
Placing in fourth was Peninsula Surfriders Club on 6062 points.
Scoring the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack Award for the biggest turn of the day was Phillip Island surfer Joe van Dijk who threw down a massive turn in the opening skins round.
Full results can be found online at www.surfingvic.com
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
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