Tapped Into the Waves

Gold Coast Teams Head to Cronulla for Australia Boardriders Battle

Australia’s best surfers are poised to put friendships aside and club loyalties at the forefront at the National Final of the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle at Cronulla on January 24-25.

Defending champion Snapper Rocks Surfriders lead a strong line-up of Australian boardriders clubs including North Narrabeen Boardriders, Kirra Surfriders, Merewether Surfboard Club, Le-Ba Boardriders and Avoca Boardriders.

Thomas Woods is out for Burleigh's team due to knee injury... He will be replaced by his brother James

Burleigh Boardriders are the other Gold Coast Club to qualify, and I will be travelling to Sydney as their team manager. Although hardly getting a mention in the press releases from the event, Burleigh placed 2nd to Australian Champions Snapper Rocks late last year, and may be a dark horse.

The clubs are stacked with the country’s finest surfing talent including World Surf League (WSL) stars and world champions Stephanie Gilmore and Joel Parkinson for Snapper Rocks plus Laura Enever (North Narrabeen), Adam Melling (Le-Ba), Bede Durbidge (Point Lookout) and Adrian Buchan and Matt Wilkinson (both from Avoca Boardriders).

Snapper are the favourites for the title, but competition is intense, a whole of team effort is required. Each club team will include one junior (Under 18) surfer, four Open age surfers, and one over 35 surfer. Each team must include one female surfer. An exciting event format will see teams battle it out in a Women’s division, five-person Teams’ division and a Skins competition.

The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle has $62,000 in prize money for the finals weekend, with the winning club getting $20,000
The event will be telecast live on Fox Sports 2 (January 24) and Fox Sports 5 (January 25) plus streamed on www.australianboardridersbattle.com.

Parko Has a Clear View of World Title Chances

Parko was expected to surf in the Single Fin Classic last weekend, but had to withdraw due to laser eye surgery. Evidently he has had problems with distance vision, which was compounded when conditions were overcast. more than 20 metres was were he got into trouble, and surfing in the events he does, you do need to be able to spot sets coming from a fair distance.

This is an everyday surgery which many people have and it was a total success, with Parko ripping into Snapper last week. It is going top be a big year for the WSL (World Surf Laegue) and I am sure our local rippers will give it a real good shake again in 2015.

Entries Out for Longboard Open at Kingscliff

Entries are now open for those surfers wishing to compete in the World Surf League (WSL formerly the ASP) Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) for men and woman at this years Australian Longboard Surfing Open at Kingscliff. Both divisions are rated as one star under the new WSL rating system but carry vital qualifying points for those Australasian based surfers looking to qualify for the 2016 World Titles.

This years five day event is looking to showcase the best longboarders in the world with both men’s and women’s current world champions, Harley Ingleby and Chelsea Williams, who regularly hone their skills at the Australian Longboard Surfing set to head the list of competitors.
The Australian Longboard Surfing Open will run 25th to the 29th March at Kingcliff.
Entries are now available for the WSL Longboard Qualifying Series by logging onto http://www.worldsurfleague.com/pages/member-management
Entries for all other divisions are available at www.australianlongboardopen.com www.facebook.com/auslongboardopen or by emailing sean@theislandstyle.com . Discounts apply for entries into multiple divisions.