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Boardrider club circuit debuts in South Australia

Mark Occhilupo & Joel Parkinson © Surfing Australia


Be The Influence Boardriders Battle

Surfing Australia
Victor Harbor, South Australia
12 - 13 October 2013

South Australia to host launch of Australian Boardriders Battle

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 October, 2013 : - - The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle, the biggest grassroots, boardriders event series in Australian surfing history, starts in Victor Harbor, South Australia, on Saturday.

The national series will involve more than 100 of Australia’s best boardriding clubs in seven State qualifying rounds and culminate in a two-day, National Final for 16 clubs on the Australia Day Long Weekend on 25-26 January, 2014 at Cronulla in Sydney. There is more than $100,000 in prize money across the entire series.

Saturday’s event is the first of the State series and will include Seaford Boardriders, South Coast Boardriders and Seaview Roaders Boardriders. The winner will advance to the National Final.

Each club team of seven will include two juniors (1 male and 1 female), four Open age surfers (3 male and 1 female) and one over 35 surfer (male or female). An exciting event format on Saturday will see the clubs battle it out in Pairs competition, five-person Teams competition and a Skins competition.

In total $105,000 is up for grabs across the entire National Series including the National Final. There is $30,000 available across the seven State qualifying events, while $75,000 will be split between the 16 clubs that make the National Final.

Current ASP Men’s World Champion and Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club member Joel Parkinson said the strength of Australian surfing and its unique culture could be traced directly back to the impact of boardriders clubs.

“It's pretty safe to say I'd never have had the same success in my surfing without having grown up in a boardriders club,” Parkinson said.

"When people ask what makes Australian surfing unique, it can largely be traced back to boardriders clubs. They're always competitive and there are a lot of local bragging rights involved, but there's a huge social component as well. In most towns around the Australian coast it's a boardriders club that binds the surfing community together.”

The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle also includes a Monster Raffle giveaway with one lucky ticket holder to drive away in a new Toyota RAV4. Other prizes include a Billabong pack valued at more than $1500 and a Nikon 1 AW1 camera valued at up to $1000. The Monster Raffle is open to all Surfing Australia affiliated boardrider clubs with proceeds returning to the boardriders club community.

In a further incentive to the clubs that make the National Final, the four junior female surfers from the four highest placed clubs will be invited to be part of the Surfing Australia documentary Wildcard.

Wildcard is a one hour documentary following the four female surfers as they are given the chance of a lifetime to win a wildcard spot into both the Open and Pro Junior events at the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly in February, 2014. The four will be invited to the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) for a week-long selection camp to see who will win the wildcard.

The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking, Billabong, Toyota, Nikon, Surfing Australia, the Association of Suring Professionals, Coastalwatch and Surfing World.

South Australia
October 12, 2013
Victor Harbor

New South Wales
Northern Region
October 26-27, 2013

November 2-3, 2013
Gold Coast

Western Australia
November 16 or 17, 2013
(conditions depending)
Trigg Point, Perth

December 14, 2013
Phillip Island

December 21, 2013
East Coast

New South Wales
Southern Region
January 11-12, 2014

January 25-26, 2014
Cronulla, New South Wales

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