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Boardriders Battle ramps up for Yallingup

Jerome Forrest © Surfing WA/Woolacott

The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle

Surfing Western Australia 
Yallingup, Australia 
22 November, 2014 

Boardriders Battle goes grassroots style with team format 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 November, 2014 - Old rivalries are set to intensify this weekend between WA's best boardriding clubs, as Yallingup plays host to The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle.

In a true celebration of grassroots surfing, club must nominate a team of their six best surfers to compete in an exciting and dynamic format. This includes one junior (Under 18) surfer, four Open age surfers, and one master (Over 35) surfer, as well as one female surfer.

A sensational line up of local talent are licking their lips in anticipation as a large ground swell is set to light up the South-West coastline this Saturday.

Defending WA champions the Yallingup Boardriders will need to utilise all of their local knowledge in hopes of qualifying for the National Final. Key surfers and club stalwarts Taj Burrow, Jay Davies, Claire Bevilaquca, plus Paterson brothers Jake and Paul are unable to compete this weekend and will test the depth of the clubs talent.

"We'll definitely be missing some of our bigger names, but that will hopefully stir everyone else to surf even harder," said Yallingup president Todd Taylor. "Sure they're big shoes to fill, but we will be doing everything we can to go back-to-back at this event." 

Margaret River Boardriders on the other hand will field a near full strength squad including; former ISA World Junior Champion Jacob Willcox, Dave and Bronte Macaulay, Jerome Forrest, Josh Burke and Matt Baldock.

"We're absolutely excited about this event and even more about having it in the South-West," said Margaret River president Andrew Sheridan. "The conditions forecast this weekend are really going to suit our surfers and we can't to get amongst it."

The Mandurah Boardriders will lead the charge for the metropolitan clubs competing, but are not worried by their more fancied opponents. "This is just a great opportunity for our club to compete in some really good company," said club president Brad Higgins. "We're all about developing our club and this event is the perfect opportunity to do that." 

The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle is the country’s biggest grassroots, boardriders event series with $120,000 in prize money. It will involve more than 100 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs in eight State qualifying rounds starting in October and culminate in a two-day, national final for 20 clubs on the Australia Day Long Weekend on 24-25 January, 2015 at Cronulla in Sydney.

The series is officially sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), which allows Australian ASP World Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective State qualifying events and the National Final.
In total $120,000 is up for grabs across the entire National Series including the National Final. There is $33,000 available across the eight State qualifying events, while $87,000 will be on offer at the National Final. The winning boardriders club will receive $20,000, while $42,000 will be split between the clubs finishing second to 20th.
The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle also includes a $60,000 Monster Raffle giveaway with one lucky ticket holder to drive away in a new Toyota RAV4 valued at $55,000. Other prize packs will be provided by Milwaukee, Original Source, Nikon, Oakley, Boost Mobile and FCS. The Monster Raffle is open to all Surfing Australia affiliated boardriders clubs with proceeds returning to the boardriders club community.

Justin Majeks

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