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.

Yesterday marked the completion of a new club event  – The Ryde Heavyweight Rumble, hosted by Surfing NSW and URBNSURF! This was the first-ever Sydney boardriders competition held in a surf park, where we saw an inter-club competition like no other. With 32 clubs taking to the pool, it was North Narrabeen Boardriders Club who walked away with the champions belt and $7,000 in prize money.

It was a day to remember as surfers from all over NSW came together for an epic day of surfing and fun. With perfect waves and an electric atmosphere, the event showcased incredible talent, sportsmanship, and the vibrant surfing community spirit. All teams brought their A game and no one left without a smile. 

Sydney’s new Urbnsurf Wavepool, known for its consistency and customisable waves, provided the ideal setting for this high-octane competition. Unlike the unpredictable ocean, the wavepool delivered perfect swell for every heat, ensuring a level playing field for all 32 teams. Giving athletes the chance at scoring waves on the advanced and expert (barrel) setting. Spectators were treated to a close-up view of the action, with every carve, cutback, and tube executed right before their eyes.

The day featured 32 teams from NSW. Teams travelled from as far as North Ballina to compete at this special event. Each team composed of five surfers of varying experience levels, included some seasoned professionals, enthusiastic amateurs, and rising young stars, all united by their passion for surfing and their club. This mix of talent made for thrilling heats and surprising upsets throughout the day. 

The day kicked off with an energetic opening ceremony, as many athletes were witnessing the dreamland pool for the first time. The day then filled with action both in and out of the pool. We had music, dancing, drinking and cheering coming from all angles. Midway through the event, the competition intensified. With Quarter and Semi-Finals the pressure was on. The crowd roared as surfers stepped up to the plate. As we moved over to just the right side of the pool, the left was looking a bit lonely and no one likes to see an empty lineup with perfect waves rolling through. So we decided it was only right to gift Deewhy Surf Fraternity a spot for an hour as they were the highest scoring third place Round One finishers who had been knocked out of competition. After that, unfortunately it was Boardrider Clubs Scarborough and North Shelly who just missed out on spots in the final, placing close thirds in their desired semi’s. 

As the sun set, the awards ceremony honoured the top teams along with some novelty awards. The 2x Australian Boardriders Battle (ABB) champions North Narrabeen came away victorious over Avoca, Frenchmans and North Avalon (NASA) in a close-call final. 

One award that got the crew laughing was Ryde’s $1000 Wipeout Award which went to Hugo Spindler, the junior surfer for runner’s up Avoca Boardriders Club who was said to be ‘eaten up’ by a barrel in the final. Following that it was our club from the Central Coast Wamberal Express Boardriders (WEB) who were recognised as bringing the most excitement, enthusiasm and sportsman-like behaviour and rewarded with extra pool time for a ‘teams spirit’ award. 

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all participants, sponsors, workers and spectators who made this event possible. Your support is what makes the surfing community so special. We are already looking forward to doing it all again. 

We want to specifically thank our naming partners at Ryde: Your Rhythm for supporting grassroots surfing, and we’re excited for them to connect with our boardriders community to enhance the experience beyond the waves.

“Ryde had partnered with SNSW this year to bring fun and wellbeing to the surfers community. Recognising the dynamic and ever changing spirit of surfing, Ryde’s on a mission to deliver ENERGY, FOCUS and RELAX to help surfers with whatever the ocean throws at them. 60mL wellbeing Rude shots – that’s what you need to ride the wave!”

Final Results below; for a list of all results see here

First – North Narrabeen Boardriders Club
Open – Davey Cathels
Open – Jordy Lawler
Female – Sienna Hinwood
Junior – Archie McKerrell
Master – Christo Hall

Second – Avoca Boardriders Club
Open – Lennox Chell
Open – Sandon Whittaker
Female – Talia Tebb
Junior – Hugo Spindler
Master – Beau Atchison

Third – Frenchman’s Boardriders Club
Open – Ethan Hartge
Open – Jordy Liackman
Female – Kyla Renes
Junior – Corey Robards
Master – Dan Frodsham

Fourth – North Avalon Surfriders Association (NASA)
Open – Letty Mortenson
Open – Fraser Dovell
Female – Ali Ockwell
Junior – Isaiah Vaealiki
Master – Shane Carroll

For more photos, videos, and behind-the-scenes content from the event, be sure to follow us on social media here or check out our official gallery that will be updated at the completion of the event here. You can also access your surfing videos from Urbnsurf’s ‘Flow State’ technology. See the link here and use code; flowstateboardriders for promo.

Thank you to our event supporters for a great day of competition; Ryde, Urbnsurf, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Club Med, Stone and Wood, YetiSurf Physio, Noot

Mark Windon
OAM Executive Director

Felicity Conlan
Board Member

Francis Coady
Board Member

David Gyngell
Patron

Mike Baird
Patron

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