Surfing NSW – New Chair and Deputy Chair (July 2024)

Surfing NSW today announced the election of Ben Rolleston as its new Chair, and Lyndel Gray as Deputy Chair. This follows the resignation of John O’Neill and Harry Hodge from the Board of Directors after almost 15 years of esteemed service.

Byron Bay Boardriders have taken out the tenth edition of the Australian Boardriders northern NSW regional qualifier. Following a giant day of action-packed heats in two-foot waves at Diggers Beach.

The start-studded team from Byron Bay Boardriders was comprised of former NSW Junior State champion Dakota Walters, former world tour surfer Soli Baliey, Manon Pouget, Mac Brindley and Karl Woolcott.

Byron Bay Boardriders surfer Dakota Walters was the in-form surfer of the day, with his impressive ability to drop consist excellent scoring waves. In the Semi Final match up Walters was able to drop two 9-point rides (out of a possible 10) to help care his team into the final.

Byron Bay, Kingscliff, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie all have now qualified for the National final, which will be held on the 4th and 5th of February 2023 with the Location still to be confirmed.

View the full day of results here.  

Clubs that competed included Coffs Harbour, Le-Ba (Lennox / Ballina), Port Macquarie, Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Sawtell, Cabarita and Woolgoolga.

2022/23 Australian Boardriders Battle has been bigger and better than ever since launching into its tenth season on the Gold Coast earlier this year.

In what has become world-renowned as the biggest and best club surfing series on the planet, the fifth-leg Australian Boardriders Battle Series travels to all corners of the country with events at epic locations like Newcastle for the National Final.

For previous results, images and video highlights head over to

Australian Boardriders Battle Series Ten Schedule:

ABB – EVENT 1 – Gold Coast, QLD – September 3, 2022
ABB – EVENT 2 – Trigg, WA – Sept 10, 2022
ABB – EVENT 3 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Sept 24, 2022
ABB – EVENT 4 – Scamander, TAS – Oct 22, 2022
ABB – EVENT 5 – NSW Nth – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Oct 29, 2022
ABB – EVENT 6 – Phillip Island, VIC – Nov 6, 2022
ABB – EVENT 7 – NSW Central – North Narrabeen, NSW – Nov 19, 2022
ABB – EVENT 8 – NSW South – Kiama, NSW – Nov 26, 2022
ABB – Grand Final – TBC- Feb 4 – 5, 2023

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