Wildcard Clubs Announced For 2018 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final In Newcastle

COOLANGATTA/QLD (January 18th/2018): Six Wildcard boardriders clubs are set to shake up the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series V National Final at Newcastle Beach on February 17-18.

Torquay Boardriders Club (VIC), Elouera Boardriders Club (NSW), North Narrabeen Boardriders Club (NSW), Culburra Beach Boardriders Club (NSW), North Shelly Beach Boardriders(NSW) and Bondi Boardriders (NSW) will all contest the prestigious event that includes Australia’s best boardriders clubs.

Culburra Beach Boardriders Club will potentially field a team consisting of three members of the Wright family with 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s World Champion Tyler to join brothers Owen and Mikey in what will be a hard team to beat.

Torquay Boardriders Club will bring experienced former WSL Men’s World Tour athlete Troy Brooks to Newcastle, adding experience to a talented team including the likes of Australian junior champions India Robinson and Xavier Huxtable.

Other WSL stars Matt Wilkinson (Avoca), Adrian Buchan (Avoca), and Connor O’Leary (Elouera) are just a few of the many big names to bolster an already star-studded field of surfers.

The 24th club to gain entry into the National Final will be the winner of the nudie Trials on Saturday 17th February, the final qualifying opportunity for clubs in the Newcastle region for the last Wildcard position.

Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said:“We are really excited to announce the selected wildcard clubs who will meet the qualifying clubs at the national final to battle it out for over $100,000 in prize money and also the ultimate prize of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Championship trophy.”

“This is the official Australian Club Championships and we are thrilled with the calibre of clubs that round out the 24-strong field. The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series is a critical Surfing Australia sport development program that builds the capacity and profile of our national boardriders clubs. We are extremely proud of the national club program and look forward to crowning a champion in Newcastle in February.”

nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series V National Final Qualifiers:

BURLEIGH HEADS BOARDRIDERS CLUB (QLD)

SNAPPER ROCKS SURFRIDERS CLUB (QLD)

NORTH SHORE BOARDRIDERS CLUB (QLD)

POINT LOOKOUT BOARDRIDERS CLUB (QLD)

SCARBOROUGH BOARDRIDERS CLUB (NSW)

ULLADULLA BOARDRIDERS (NSW)

MAROUBRA UNITED BOARDRIDERS (NSW)

MEREWETHER SURFBOARD CLUB (NSW)

AVOCA BOARDRIDERS (NSW)

NORTH STEYNE BOARDRIDERS (NSW)

BYRON BAY BOARDRIDERS (NSW)

LE-BA BOARDRIDERS (NSW)

COFFS HARBOUR BOARDRIDERS (NSW)

MARGARET RIVER BOARDRIDERS CLUB (WA)

SOUTH COAST BOARDRIDERS (STH AUS)

PHILLIP ISLAND BOARDRIDERS CLUB (VIC)

SOUTH ARM BOARDRIDERS (TAS)

CULBURRA BEACH BOARDRIDERS CLUB (NSW)

ELOUERA BOARDRIDERS CLUB (NSW)

NORTH NARRABEEN BOARDRIDERS CLUB (NSW)

BONDI BOARDRIDERS (NSW)

NORTH SHELLY BOARDRIDERS CLUB (NSW)

TORQUAY BOARDRIDERS CLUB (VIC)

nudie Trials Winner

The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL), which allows Australian WSL Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective state qualifying events as well as the national final.
 
The purpose of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle program is to build the profile and capacity of community boardriders clubs Australia-wide.  In the past four years, Surfing Australia has invested over $600,000 into Surfing Australia affiliated boardriders clubs as part of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series.
 
Major sponsors of the 2017/18 series include the naming rights partner nudie and supporting sponsors Oakley, Nikon, Woolworths, Milwaukee, Destination NSW, Newcastle City Council, World Surfaris, World Surf League, mySURF.tv and Surfing Australia.
 
To find out more information, please visit www.australianboardridersbattle.com
 
nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series 2017/18
EVENT 1 - Gold Coast, QLD - August 26, 2017
EVENT 2 – NSW South - Kiama, NSW -  Sept 2, 2017
EVENT 3 - NSW Central - North Narrabeen, NSW - Sept 23, 2017
EVENT 4 - NSW Nth - Coffs Harbour, NSW - Oct 7, 2017
EVENT 5 - Trigg, WA - Oct 21, 2017
EVENT 6 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA -  Nov 11, 2017
EVENT 7 - Phillip Island, VIC -  Dec 9, 2017
EVENT 8 - Clifton Beach, TAS - Dec 16, 2017
NATIONAL FINAL – Newcastle Beach, NSW – Feb 16-18, 2017