Torquay Boardriders Club claim final round of nudie Australian Boardriders Battle
Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island (Saturday 7th January 2017): Torquay Boardriders Club have taken top honours at the final round of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle today at Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island.
With perfect offshore conditions and 2-3ft of swell, clubs were treated to some fantastic waves under some intense Victorian sunshine.
After some underwhelming performances in previous years, Torquay Boardriders Club came in to the event with no intention of leaving empty handed.
However the opening rounds did not go Torquay’s way with reigning champions Peninsula Surfriders Club taking the opening Skins heats and Women’s Round to claim an early lead on the back of some incredible surfing from Georgia Fish and Caiden Fowler.
Torquay was able to claw its way back as the morning progressed showing their depth of talent in the Teams event and also with power surfer Cody Robinson putting on an impressive display in the second round of Skins heats.
“It’s incredible to take the event out after the past few years. Peninsula really pushed us again this year, and we can’t wait to go up to the National Final!” said Torquay Boardriders Club President, Cahill Bell-Warren.
“This event truly showed the strength of our club and how deep we go in all age groups. The whole club performed as a team and having such a massive group of supporters come across made the win even more special.”
Torquay Boardriders Club finished on a point total of 8400 points in front of Peninsula on 7187 points.
Both Torquay and Peninsula will claim spots in the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle National Final at Narrabeen, NSW in February.
Placing in third place overall was 13th Beach Boardriders Club on 6875 points. Home club, Phillip Island finished fourth on 6312 points with Portland finishing in fifth on 5548 points.
Claiming the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack was powerful Peninsula surfer Caiden Fowler for a blistering layback hack in the opening Skins round.
Full results and points breakdown are available at www.surfingvic.com
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series will involve more than 60 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs in eight state qualifying rounds and will culminate in a National final in NSW in February 2017 for 24 clubs.
There’s $160,000 cash and prizes up for grabs for clubs across the National series including $24,000 prize money split between the 8 State events and $85,500 prize money across the 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 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 and 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. 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, 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 –NSW - Feb 17 - 19, 2017