FRENCHMANS BOARDRIDERS WIN THE NUDIE AUSTRALIAN BOARDRIDERS BATTLE TRIALS
Clean conditions greeted four local boardriders clubs for the start of competition today in the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series IV National Final Trials at Newcastle Beach.
Bay Area Boardriders, Redhead Boardriders Club Inc., Newcastle East End Boardriders and Frenchmans Boardriders battled it out in fun 2ft peaks in an effort to claim the final position in the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series IV National Final.
Things went right down to the wire with all four clubs in contention when the teams heat hit the water at lunchtime after thunderstorms delayed the running schedule for half an hour.
It was Frenchmans Boardriders who came out on top when the dust settled, earning themselves the right to take on the best boardriders clubs in the country when the main event gets underway at 8am tomorrow morning local time.
Frenchmans member Jamie McMorland anchored for his club in the final teams heat, getting the mid-range score required to send his club mates into raptures on the sand.
“The team event is definitely way more nerve racking but you just want to get it done for your club and we knew we could get the score,” McMorland said.
nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Trials Results
1st-Frenchmans Boardriders – 6600 points
2nd-Newcastle East End Boardriders – 5825 points
3rd-Bay Area Boardriders – 5662 points
4th-Redhead Boardriders Club Inc – 5050 points
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series involves more than 60 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs in eight state qualifying rounds and culminate in a National Final in Newcastle in February for a bolstered 24 clubs.
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle has official sanctioning 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 and the National Final.
The prestigious National Final event includes the nudie trials on Friday 17th February 2017, which will be the final qualifying opportunity for clubs in the Newcastle region for a Wildcard position for the National Final.
There’s $160,000 cash and prizes up for grabs for clubs across the National Series including $24,000 prize money split between eight State events and $85,500 prize money across the Newcastle National Final with the winning boardriders taking home a huge $20,000 and an overseas trip for 6 surfers from the winning club thanks to World Surfaris valued at $30,000. To top things off, there’s an additional $20,000 in prizes across the series.
The purpose of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle program is to build the profile and capacity of community boardriders clubs Australia-wide. Over the next three years, more than $450,000 will be invested into grassroots clubs through the partnership.
Major sponsors of the 2016/17 series include the naming rights partner nudie and supporting sponsors Toyota, Oakley, Nikon, Milwaukee, Destination NSW, The City of Newcastle, DrinkWise, World Surfaris, Fox Sports, World Surf League, mySURF.tv, XXXX Summer Bright Lager and Surfing Australia.
To find out more information, please visit www.australianboardridersbattle.com
nudie Australian Boardriders Battle 2017 calendar:
EVENT 1 - NSW Central - North Narrabeen, NSW - Sept 3, 2016
EVENT 2 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - Sept 17, 2016
EVENT 3 - Scamander, TAS - Oct 8, 2016
EVENT 4 - NSW Nth - Yamba, NSW - Oct 29, 2016
EVENT 5 - Gold Coast, QLD - Nov 5, 2016
EVENT 6 - Trigg, WA - Nov 19, 2016
EVENT 7 - Kiama, NSW - Dec 10, 2016
EVENT 8 - Phillip Island, VIC - Jan 7, 2017
National Final –Newcastle, NSW - Feb 17 - 19, 2017