5 SLIDESHOWS ENJOY
After two days of great waves and fierce competition, the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series IV Final was won by Avoca Boardriders Club at Newcastle Main Beach on February 18-19, 2017.
Nudie Boardriders Battle got off to a flying start
NEWCASTLE/NSW (February 18th/2017):
NEWCASTLE/NSW (February 18th/2017):Day one of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle got off to a flying start this morning as the best 24 boardriders clubs from all over Australia went toe-to-toe as they attempted to put themselves into the box-seat position going into tomorrows final day.
2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) rookie Ethan Ewing showed the world the reasons behind his recent qualification, nailing the highest single wave score for the Skins division for his local Point Lookout boardriders. Ewing executed a barrage of giant turns to post a near-perfect 9.60 wave score and send a warning shot to rival clubs that he would be one to watch going into the second round of competition tomorrow.
I love representing North Stradbroke Island, Ewing said. Its a really cool format at this event and a good warm-up for the rest of the year. There is a lot of pressure to perform but it is good pressure, which I love, it really fires me up and gets me pumped to do the best I can for my club. Im stoked to be here and was loving the little lefts that were rolling through, the conditions are really fun.
WSL CT surfer Stuart Kennedy attributed Le-Bas narrow victory to the stellar efforts of his teammates after the club managed to squeak through their opening Teams heat. After Kennedy only managed to muster up a meager four-point ride, the club was left to rely on the efforts of stalwarts James Wood and Adam Melling to get them into a progressing position.
I had a shocker in that Teams heat, it was really lucky Woody and Melling put some decent points on the board, said Kennedy. In this team environment, we always have little mistakes and have to rely on your team mates to smash it apart. The energy is definitely more focused on more than just yourself in these sorts of events.
Perth Standlick (Bondi) was nominated Skins surfer for his club and wasted little time taking down some of his big name rivals. Over the duration of his three-heat streak, Standlick managed to muster up a comeback in the dying minutes to take the first Skin from former World Championship Tour surfer Shaun Cansdell (Coffs Harbour) by a 0.10 margin, before taking a storybook victory in his second heat against 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson (Snapper Rocks) and former World Championship Tour surfer Ryan Callinan (Merewether). Standlick then made it a hat-trick with a final victory o ver 2017 World Championship Tour rookie Connor OLeary (Elouera).
I actually gave Shaun his eight-point ride in the first heat I had and I left it right to the last minute to claw back, said Standlick. I felt like I was the underdog in the next two heats, so to get the win over guys who have been or still are on the CT tour is an awesome feeling. Hopefully we use the momentum to carry us into the Teams division.
Six-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore got her 2017 campaign underway taking an impressive victory for Snapper Rocks in her opening Womens heat. Gilmore found a handful of long running lefts and punchy right-handers to post a respectable 14.85 heat total (out of a possible 20 points) and as a result claimed a narrow win ahead of 2017 CT rookie Bronte Macaulay (Margaret River).
I use this as the perfect practice for the upcoming year, said Gilmore. The pressure you feel when youre out there for your club is unlike any other feeling. Its unreal to share these heats with surfers from states that may never get to see or compete in a World Tour event.
With the dust finally beginning to settle after her maiden World Title, Tyler Wright returned to the competitive arena today, dominating her Womens heat for Culburra Boardriders with an impeccable performance notching up a 17.50 heat total, which consisted of two excellent scores in excess of 8.50.
That was such a nice and fun environment, said Wright. Surfing on tour, the only person you need to please is yourself as an individual, but when youre there as a team, you dont want to let anyone down. I think the coolest thing about this event is that you get to share it with young surfers like Carly (Shanahan Coffs Harbour) and have the opportunity to a conversation with them.
Media sensation Sabre Norris played a small, but critical part in getting Merewether through to the next round of the Teams division. Norris executed a handful of impressive backside snaps to post a minor score that allowed Merewether to get a slight edge over an in form Culburra Boardriders team.
Surfing with all the older guys is really cool, Norris said. I was really nervous because I didnt want to let the team down. It is such a different feeling surfing for a team, there is a lot more pressure. After Luke got that amazing wave before me it took a bit of the pressure off. This event is so cool because I could get the chance to surf a heat against Steph Gilmore or Tyler Wright, two of my favourite surfers.
After the final heat of the day, the Adaptive Surfers of Australia (ASA) put on an amazing expression session with 2 time ISA World Adaptive Champion Mark 'Mono' Stewart and others reveling in the fun conditions.
For full RESULTS from day one including the nudie Leader Board go to www.australianboardridersbattle.com
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series involves more than 60 of Australias 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.
Theres $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, theres 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.
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