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Tyler takes team to top at Australian Boardriders event

Tyler Wright representing Werri Beach © Smith/SNSW



Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle

Australian Boardriders Battle
Stanwell Park, Australia
11- 12 January, 2014

Teams rack up the points despite small conditions

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 January, 2014 -- The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle, southern qualifying event, kicked off today in one-to-two foot waves at Stanwell Park beach.

The two-day event is currently playing host to some of NSW’s best boardriding clubs, south of the Hawkesbury River, as they battle it out in an attempt to qualify for the National Final, which will take place on Australia Day at Cronulla.

Elouera Boardriders member Connor O’Leary set the bar high early in the day in the Skins division, locking in a single wave score of 9.73 (out of a possible 10), the highest of the day. The Cronulla based goofy-footer threw down an eclectic mix of turns and aerials to claim a single Skins victory for his club.

“I think I was lucky I managed to snag myself a couple of long lefts that allowed me to perform a handful of turns. I’m definitely happy with the score,” said O’Leary. “I really enjoyed the Skins format and how you had the potential to surf four heats on the trot.”

2013 World Championship Tour runner-up Tyler Wright adapted to the conditions easily when she attacked the peaks with a combination of flair and power in the Pairs division. The Werri Beach Boardriders Club member managed to outdo her male counterparts when she notched up a healthy single wave score of 5.33, which allowed the club to take the win over Long Reef Boardriders Club.

North Narrabeen Boardriders Club put on a dynamic performance throughout the Teams division toppling an in-form Werri Beach Boardriders in the first Teams division heat of the day. The five-man team of Jordan Lawler, Nathan Webster, Davey Cathels, Cooper Chapman and Tiana Ried managed to notch up a 29.40 (out of a possible 60 points) heat total to move through to the next round.

Arguably the biggest upset of the day occurred when the star-studded North Steyne Boardriders team were bumped from the Teams division at the hands of Elouera Boardriders and North Avalon Surfriders Association (NASA).

Despite the best efforts of World Championship Tour competitor Kai Otton and former World Championship Tour surfers Richie Lovett and Dayyan Neve, North Steyne fell short of moving through to the following round by less than one point.

The NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, secured two qualifying events for NSW, in Forster and Wollongong on January 11 – 12, 2014. NSW also secured the national final in Cronulla on January 25 – 26.

The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle will kick off again tomorrow at 8am with the second round of the Skins division. All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.

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 the Open division 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.

This event is supported by the Be the Influence - Tackling Binge Drinking initiative, part of the Australian Government's National Binge Drinking Strategy addressing youth binge drinking and raising awareness of the long and short term impacts of harmful drinking among young people through sport sponsorships and other activities.

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

Ethan Smith

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