South Coast boardriders ready for battle at Kiama

Werri Beach's Matt Gale. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW
Werri Beach's Matt Gale. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

THE 2018 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series will make its NSW debut this forthcoming weekend with 13 clubs, including Ulladulla, Culburra Beach and Werri Beach, participating in the southern qualifying event at Kiama.

A range of current and former World Surf League (WSL) World Championship Tour (CT) surfers – including Connor O’Leary (Elouera) and Blake Thornton (Maroubra) are expected to be representing their hometown boardriders clubs when the elite one-day event kicks-off on Saturday, September 15.

Culburra Beach's Jordin Watson. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

Culburra Beach's Jordin Watson. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

“The 2018 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle has fast become such a prestigious title to win for all boardriders clubs, to not only win their qualifying event, but also to earn their spot in the national final,” said Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden. 

“We expect the competition to be as heated as ever when the event kicks off this weekend.”

Over the weekend, reigning national champions Culburra Beach, Ulladulla and Werri Beach will compete against teams from Bondi, Southbridge, Jones Beach, Maroubra, Woonoona, Scarborough, Sandon Point, Elouera, Port Kembla and Dalmeny.

The main base for event two of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is Bombo or Jones’ Beach.

Ulladulla's Brett Burcher. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

Ulladulla's Brett Burcher. Photo: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

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 as well as 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. 

In the past five years, Surfing Australia has invested over $750,000 into Surfing Australia affiliated boardriders clubs as part of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle series.

The 2018 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is Australia’s biggest grassroots boardriders event and involves more than 60 of Australia’s best boardrider clubs across eight state qualifying rounds with 24 clubs competing at the national final in Newcastle.

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