This year (2023), Queenscliff Boardriders Club (QBC) celebrated 45 years as a club! So we spoke to current Co-president, Blaise Bell to dive into the history of the club and where they plan to head in the future.
Founded in November 1978, it was surf enthusiasts Robert Ironside and Roger Marshall who led a crew of eager locals to join them in the forming of the club. The club logo ‘QBC’ was then created by original club member and influencer Lewis Tyndall. Both Robert and Roger were avid surfers with roots in Mosman High and Sydney University Boardriders Clubs. Although, with the existing local options not quite cutting it for them, the boys decided to forge their own path and create a club that would allow them to compete and surf with their close-knit group of friends. From there, QBC was born.
As for highlights and milestones, Blaise said it was this year at the 45 year anniversary where QBC celebrated with a grand event at Q Station. Legends like Bainy, Ryan Alagich, Rob Ironside, and Reggae Ellis graced the occasion, along with new life members recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community. This milestone highlighted the club’s achievements, its journey, and the positive vibe that currently permeates the entire community.
The club takes pride in nurturing young talents, with Winter Vincent making waves in his first year on the QS circuit, he is one to look out for! The club boasts a promising lineup of boys and girls displaying tremendous potential in competitions. Beyond grooming future world champions, QBC emphasizes inclusivity and has cultivated a depth of surfing talent across all ages and genders.
Under the leadership of Matt McSorley, QBC is not only focused on competitive success but also on broader community engagement. Initiatives include recognizing the indigenous ancestry of the area, promoting opportunities for women in surfing, reducing plastic usage during events, and transitioning to solar-powered competitions. These efforts reflect the club’s commitment to environmental responsibility and community welfare.
As Queenscliff Boardriders Club continues to evolve, its members are driven by a shared passion to enhance the great culture and history they’ve built over the past 45 years. With an array of programs, a commitment to environmental sustainability, and a whole lot of surfing talent, the future of QBC looks as promising as the waves they ride.
QBC is not just a surf club – it’s a vibrant community dedicated to the shared joy of riding waves and shaping a positive future for generations to come. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this club and its members.