CASUARINA/NSW(November 12th/2018): Seaford Boardriders have triumphed at the sixth event of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle, beating South Coast Boardriders in a closely fought final that came down to the last wave and just over half a point to get them across the line.
“We are stoked to be going to the national final next year,” said an elated Seaford Boardriders Club member, Shane Forbes.
“To represent our state against the country’s best clubs is an honour and we can’t wait to go come February. Thanks to all the other clubs and to Surfing SA for putting on a great event.”
Seaford took out the first round sending the team straight through to the final leaving Roaders and South Coast to battle it out for a spot in the finals. The contest came down to the wire with Roaders needing a 1.40 point ride from their final surfer to progress. Although they got the score, they were penalized with the surfer not making it to the changeover area before the siren sounded, sending South Coast through to the final.
Amy Gore (Seaford) claimed the Oakley Prizm Performer Award for her stellar performance at the event.Khai Adams (South Coast Boardriders), who was clearly a standout on the day claimed the Air Asia Wave of the Day Award.
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 five years, Surfing Australia has invested over $750,000 into Surfing Australia affiliated boardriders clubs as part of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series.
The 2018 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is Australia’s biggest grassroots boardriders event and involves more than 60 of Australia’s best boardrider clubs across eight state qualifying rounds with 24 clubs competing at the National Final in Newcastle.
Major sponsors of the 2018/19 series include the naming rights partner nudie and supporting sponsors Oakley, Woolworths, Hyundai, AirAsia, Destination NSW, Localsearch, Newcastle City Council, World Surf League, mySURF.tv, XXXX Summer Bright Larger, Fox Sports, 2XP and Surfing Australia.
nudie Australian Boardriders Battle 2018/19 calendar:
ABB – EVENT 1 – Gold Coast, QLD – August 25, 2018
ABB – EVENT 2 – Kiama, NSW – Sept 15, 2018
ABB – EVENT 3 – NSW Central – North Narrabeen, NSW – Sept 22, 2018
ABB – EVENT 4 – NSW Nth – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Oct 6, 2018
ABB – EVENT 5 – Trigg, WA – Oct 27, 2018
ABB – EVENT 6 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Nov 10, 2018
ABB – EVENT 7 – Phillip Island, VIC – Nov 24, 2018
ABB – EVENT 8 – Clifton Beach TAS – Dec 15, 2018
ABB – National Final – Newcastle, NSW – Feb 16,17 2019
About the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle:
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the biggest grassroots boardriders event in Australian surfing history. It will involve more than 60 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs in eight State qualifying rounds and will culminate in a two day National Final for 24 clubs at Newcastle Beach, NSW. More information on the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle at: www.australianboardridersbattle.com