Original Source Boardriders Battle
Surfing New South Wales
Cronulla, New South Wales Australia
23 - 24 January, 2016
Challengers line up as Snapper's reign looks fragile
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 January, 2016 - Cronulla - Snapper Rocks Surfriders are facing a major threat to their crown after Day 1 of the National Final of the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Series III at Cronulla.
Making the most of a lumpy 3-4ft swell and a challenging shore break, the two-time defending champions sit in third spot on the leaderboard after the first day of the two-day event with a host of clubs lining up to take their crown.
Merewether Surfboard Club tops the leaderboard on 3650 points, followed by Margaret River Boardriders (3450) with Snapper Rocks sharing 3250 points with five other clubs.
All return on Sunday for the quarter-finals of the Teams’ division, which start the Day 2 action followed by the final six Skins heats. Snapper snuck into the quarters after finishing third in today’s Teams’ heat to edge out South Australia’s South Coast Boardriders.
Joel Parkinson © Surfing Australia
An exciting event format has the clubs battle it out in a Women’s division, five-person Teams’ division and a Skins competition, which includes a lucrative, winner-take-all format across 12 heats with a $1000 jackpot in each heat. The top four clubs following the Skins, Women’s and Teams events will contest a Grand Final on Sunday involving a one-hour heat similar to the Teams relay format to decide the 2016 Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle champion.
Margaret River Boardriders enjoyed the early lead on Saturday thanks to a dominant run by Jacob Willcox in the Skins heats at the start of the day. Willcox won three heats to not only put his club in a strong position but also collect $3000 with a $1000 jackpot on offer for each heat win.
Unfortunately for Margaret River their female surfer Bronte Macaulay sustained a serious ankle injury in her Women’s heat but the club has an outstanding replacement in Felicity Palmateer for the upcoming Teams’ heats on Sunday.
Many of the clubs’ World Surf League competitors will play crucial roles on Sunday having already starred on Day 1. Joel Parkinson (Snapper Rocks Surfriders), Tyler Wright (Culburra Beach Boardriders) and 2016 WSL rookies Ryan Callinan (Merewether Surfboard Club) and Davey Cathels (North Narrabeen) all looked ominous today to dominate their various heats.
Ryan Callinan © Surfing Australia
LEADERBOARD AFTER DAY 1
Merewether Surfboard Club 3650
Margaret River Boardriders 3450
Snapper Rocks Surfriders 3250
Burleigh Heads Boardriders 3250
Culburra Beach Boardriders 3250
North Shelly Boardriders 3250
North Narrabeen Boardriders 3250
North Shore Boardriders 3250
Cabarita Boardriders 3062
Jones Beach Boardriders 3050
Cronulla Sharks Boardriders 2862
Peninsula Surfriders 2750
Ulladulla Boardriders 2750
South Coast Boardriders 2662
Le Ba Boardriders 2650
Long Reef Boardriders 2650
Kirra Surfriders Club 2550
Point Lookout Boardriders 2450
South Arm Boardriders 2262
Portland Boardriders 2150