Peninsula Surfriders Club take back-to-back titles at the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle
Cape Woolamai, VIC/AUS (Saturday 12 December 2015): Peninsula Surfriders Club have claimed back-to-back titles with a win today at the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle at Phillip Island.
The event was shifted to the more protected Smiths Beach due to a large swell and strong onshore winds, which provided some great rides for all clubs.
One of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in the country, Peninsula was stand out performer across the day with a team filled with experienced surfers. The club placed highest over all with a total point score of 5800.
Leading the charge for the team was WSL Qualifying Series surfer Caiden Fowler who claimed a ‘Skin’ for the team along with some solid surfing in the Teams division.
“It was pretty tense in the Teams final” said Fowler. “We were lucky enough to get through some surfers quick towards the end and everyone did their job.”
“We are super stoked to go back to the National Final in Cronulla. Its such a good environment and a really good opportunity to represent Penisnula and Victoria at a National event.”
Peninsula also claimed the a Women’s division heat and were helped along by some great surfing from Georgia Fish in the Teams Division.
Placing in second was relatively new club Portland Boardriders Club on 5025 points.
The team was led by former Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach Finalist, Adam Robertson who scored the second highest wave of the day, a 9.00 point ride in the Teams division.
“We are only a small club and we are still in our infancy, but it is a great result for us and the town” said Robertson.
“I don’t compete individually anymore, but I am proud of where I grew up and always happy to put on the jersey for Portland and represent.”
“Surfing is such an individual sport, that it is nice to be able to share the victories with others in the club.”
Both Peninsula and Portland will now head to the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle National Final to be held at Cronulla on the 23rd & 24th January 2016.
Placing in third overall was the hometown club Phillip Island who finished on 4850 points.
Phillip Island surfer Carl Wright claimed the highest wave score of the day (a 9.17) and earned the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack of the day, taking away a Milwaukee M12 Hammer Drill.
In fourth place was 13th Beach Boardriders Club (4562 Points) with Torquay Boardriders Club (4474 points) and South West Boardriders Club (3874 points) in fifth and sixth respectively.
Full results can be found online at www.surfingvic.com
The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Series III is the country’s biggest grassroots boardriders event series with $110,000 in prize money.
The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by naming rights partner Original Source and major support partners in Toyota, Nikon, Oakley, Sutherland Shire Council, the World Surf League, XXXX Summer Bright Lager, DrinkWise, Milwaukee, FCS, Surfing Life, Fox Sports, Destination NSW and Boost Mobile.
The series is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League, which allows Australian WSL 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 $110,000 is up for grabs across the entire National Series including the National Final. There is $29,000 available across the eight State qualifying events, while $81,000 will be on offer at the National Final. The winning boardriders club will receive $20,000, while $36,000 will be split between the clubs finishing second to 20th.
Each club team will include one junior (Under 18) surfer, four Open age surfers, and one over 35 surfers. Each team must include one female surfer.
An exciting event format will see club teams battle it out in a Women’s division, five-person Teams’ division and a Skins competition. The National Final will include a lucrative, winner-take-all Skins format across 12 heats with a $1000 jackpot in each heat. For the first time this year, the top four clubs following the Skins, Women’s and Teams events will contest a Grand Final involving a one-hour heat similar to the Teams relay format to decide the 2016 Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle champion.
The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle also includes a $61,000 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, Oakley, FCS, Nikon and Boost Mobile. The Monster Raffle is open to all Surfing Australia affiliated boardriders clubs with proceeds returning to the boardriders club community.
For more information on the series, visit www.australianboardridersbattle.com or www.surfingvic.com
The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Schedule:
EVENT 1 - Scamander, TAS - September 19, 2015
EVENT 2 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - October 10, 2015
EVENT 3 - NSW Nth - Yamba, NSW - October 31, 2015
EVENT 4 - Gold Coast, QLD - November 7, 2015
EVENT 5 - NSW Central - North Narrabeen, NSW - November 14, 2015
EVENT 6 - Trigg, WA - November 21, 2015
EVENT 7 - Phillip Island, VIC - December 12, 2015
EVENT 8 - NSW Sth - Kiama, NSW - January 9, 2016
NATIONAL FINAL: Cronulla, NSW - January 23 - 24, 2016