2017 Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival
Burleigh Heads – January 6th, 7th, & 8th -2017
by Terry “Tappa” Teece
20 years ago a single fin surfboard could still be found in a garage, or at the dump, they were out of fashion, part of the past, to ride a thruster was the only way it could go. But a bunch of blokes at Burleigh Boardriders, thought something special of the old boards, and decided to hold the first ever Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Contest, and Peter Roberts was declared the winner (Even though it was by random draw out of a hat!).
PR (Peter Roberts) passed the following year, and the lads from Burleigh Boardriders put the contest on as the PR Memorial Single Fin Contest. Under the guidance of Burleigh legend, Mick Murphy, the contest grew, and Mick saw it as a vehicle to raise money for the junior development of the Burleigh Boardriders club, and so the event grew. Mick’s idea has certainly grown fruit with Burleigh Boardriders currently having the Queensland Open Men’s Champion, Qld Junior Mens Champion, and are the number one Boardriders Club in Queensland. As Mick Murphy said, it all starts with the kids, and now have junior women and men competing on a national and international level.
As the contest was becoming more popular, another fundraising effort was born, the annual Single Fin Charity Luncheon, a day to have a good time and raise some much needed funds for the junior’s of the boardriders club. A who’s who have been guest speakers, from Andrew Johns, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mark Occhilupo, Chef Peter Evans, Darren Lockyer, Jockey Damien Oliver, Motogp World Champ, Wayne Gardner, and many other celebrities and sportspeople. So now the event has turned into a 3 day Festival of fun, music, fundraising, and most of all classic surfing on surfboards with one fin made before 1981.
This year as always the Single Fin Festival starts with the charity luncheon, this year held at the Burleigh Brewery. Brews, stories, and laughs will be par for the course, and as always some amazing sporting memorabilia up for auction. Tickets disappear very quick when released, and include food and beverages, and can be purchased via Surfing Queensland for $120. All monies raised goes to Burleigh Boardriders Junior development and selected charities.
Then the series stuff starts on the weekend of the 7th & 8th, with the 20th Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic. Surfers of all ages competing on surfboards that are anywhere from 35 to 50 years or more old, it is like walking around and watch a living, breathing, moving surfing museum, right before your eyes. Some of the world’s best surfers compete in this event, and as always there are some surprise celebrity appearances surfing in the event from pro surfers, to internationally known musicians, and world class sportspeople. It is the weekend of the year at Burleigh.
You want to be part of this? Well get down to Burleigh Point over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of January. Great surfing and as well Gold Coast groovers, the “Hanlon Brothers” will be playing on both days over the weekend. Everybody who knows will be down to get some fun at the Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival.
For event entries and luncheon tickets go to www.surfingqueensland.com , bring a great attitude and have a good time.