Top crew has finals shot

WERRI Beach Boardriders have celebrated advancing to the national finals of the Be the Influence Australian Boardriders titles at Stanwell Park last weekend.

The two-day event played host to some of NSW's best boardriding clubs south of the Hawkesbury River as they battled it out in an attempt to qualify for the national final, which will take place on Australia Day at Cronulla.

The tense fight came down to the final heats of the pairs and skins divisions, with Werri Beach Boardriders, North Narrabeen Boardriders Club and Elouera Boardriders Club all taking part in a ferocious battle as they attempted to grab the points needed to qualify for the two top spots to the national final.

However, when the numbers were crunched, it was Werri Beach Boardriders and Elouera Boardriders Club who won the two top spots by less than 500 points.

"I'm over the moon," Werri Beach Boardriders team manager and skins surfer Dean Bowen said.

"Werri just pulled together as a club and fought really hard.

"We only put a team together in the last couple of weeks and unlike a lot of other clubs, we had limited options when we were choosing a team, and I think that just makes the win so much sweeter.

"I'm really proud of all of the people who competed for us, especially young Angus Farrell.

"He's only 14, it was his first event ever and he managed to get a win against some 18-year-olds, which is just an awesome feat."

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