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Booti Booti fires for Day 1 of Boardriders Battle

James Wood of Le-Ba Boardriders © Smith/SNSW



Be The Influence Boardriders Battle

Surfing Australia
North Boomerang, Forster New South Wales
26 - 27 October 2013

Be The Influence Australian Boardriders Battle kicks off in great surf at Forster

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 October, 2013 : - - Pacific Palms - The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle made its NSW debut today in picture-perfect four foot waves in Booti Booti national park.

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

2004 ISA World Junior Champion and Le-Ba Boardriders member, James Wood made his mark on the Skins division, successfully winning two straight heats and locking in a 9.17 on the very first wave of the morning.

The Lennox Head natural-footer performed a series of lightening fast wraps and turns to nab himself the two aforementioned victories over a series of high-calibre surfers, including former World Championship Tour surfer and Saltwater Boardriders Club member Ben Dunn. Wood’s awesome run continued in the Teams division when he threw down a giant alley-oop aerial to help the Le-Ba team move through into the first Teams final.

“I was first surfer in the Teams division which gave me a really good opportunity to get some decent waves,” said Wood. “The waves here today were just incredible and pretty much as good as it gets. To represent my club is always such a good feeling. Hopefully we’ll be able to qualify for the National Final at Cronulla and get some decent waves in Sydney.”

Avoca’s Dane Atcheson locked in the only perfect ten-point ride of the day in the Pairs division. The powerful natural-footer threw down an array of technical turns and two separate tube rides to give Avoca Boardriders Club some highly valued points going into tomorrow’s event.

“I’m so happy and it’s just such a good feeling to do it for my club,” said Atcheson. “I knew it was going to be a decent score, but didn’t think it would be a ten. It’s definitely the first ten I’ve had in a very long time. There’s an awesome vibe amoungst our team and we’re all frothing to potentially qualify for the National Final.”

Local club Boomerang Beach Boardriders performed one of the biggest upsets of the day, taking down a star-studded Merewether Boardriders in the Pairs division. Both Nick Moltzen and Mel Bartz performed a series of technical turns in the draining righthanders to get the win over Merewether’s Philippa Anderson and Luke Hamilton.

2012 Australian Title winner and North Shelly Boardriders member Russell Molony showed he was a force to be reckoned with in the first semi-final of the Teams division. The Central Coast natural-footer successfully tore apart a long, throaty righthander to be awarded a 9.33, the second highest wave of the day.

Following a tough run through the Skins and Pairs divisions, Merewether Boardriders managed to find form in the first final of the Teams division. The Novocastrian club fought a tough battle with North Shelly Boardriders, Avoca Boardriders and Le-Ba Boardriders to take the win with a total of 31.83 points.

“Pacific Palms is such a nice part of the world and we love visiting here,” said Merewether’s Jesse Adam. “We’re all really passionate clubmen and for all of us to come out on top in the Teams division has given us a boost of confidence to go into tomorrow’s event. We really needed to get that win in the Teams event to keep our dream alive basically.”

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.

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 Suring Professionals, Coastalwatch and Surfing World.

Ethan Smith

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