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.

Le-Ba (Lennox / Ballina) Boardriders have taken out the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle northern NSW regional qualifier today claiming their third victory in the event in as many years.

Le-Ba went on a tear through the rounds of competition, posting wins in each of their heats thanks to some stellar surfing from James Wood, Marcus Aboody, Rino Lindsay, Mikey McDonagh and Nyxie Ryan. The efforts of the entire team solidified the hat-trick for Lennox Head who claimed the final ahead of host club Coffs Harbour by a 1.36 margin.

“It is a bit of a dream to win this event three times in a row,” said club stalwart James Wood. “The whole team really pulled together and posted some pretty solid scores and fortunately we got the nod over some pretty impressive competition. I just hope we don’t blow it when we go to the National Final.”

All points and results can be seen here.  

Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW are stoked to announce the three NSW qualifying events and the National Final in the 2020/21 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series and the remaining Australian Open of Surfing series events will be streamed live on Kayo Sports.

The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle will see nine boardriders clubs competing for the chance to qualify for the national final which will take place in 2021, while the Coffs Harbour Open will see approximately 100 competitors surfing across the male and female divisions.

The prime locations for the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle and the Coffs Harbour Open is Park Beach and Macauleys with backup locations of Diggers, Gallows and Sawtell.

All competitors are advised to ring the event hotline (0458 247 212) by 6.45am on the days of competition to confirm location and running order.

For more information on the Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series head over to​

nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series Eight Schedule:
ABB – EVENT 1 – Gold Coast, QLD – August 22, 2020
ABB – EVENT 2 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Sept 5, 2020
ABB – EVENT 3 – Trigg, WA – Sept 19, 2020
ABB – EVENT 4 – Clifton Beach TAS – Oct 3, 2020
ABB – EVENT 5 – Phillip Island, VIC – Oct 17, 2020
ABB – EVENT 6 – NSW Sth – Kiama, NSW – Nov 21, 2020
ABB – EVENT 7 – NSW Nth – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Nov 28, 2020
ABB – EVENT 8 – NSW Central – North Narrabeen, NSW – Dec 12, 2020
ABB – National Final – TBC

Now in its eighth season, the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is the country’s biggest grassroots boardriders event, involving more than 60 of Australia’s best boardrider clubs and $112,700 in prize money.

The series is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL), which allows Australian WSL World Tour surfers (Men and Women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective State qualifying events and the National Final.

Adding to the high stakes at the State qualifying events will be two speciality awards. The Oakley Prizm Performer will be awarded to the standout surfer, while the Surfing Australia Innovation Award ($1000) will be presented to the surfer who performs the most innovative manoeuvre.

Other Awards at the National Final include:

  • Surfing Australia Air Show – $1000
  • Surfing Australia Club Spirit Award – $1500
  • Layne Beachley Medal
  • Wayne Rabbit Batholomew Medal

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and Surfing Australia’s commitment to comply with all State and Federal regulations, series dates are subject to change at any time.

The 2020/21 nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by nudie, Oakley, Woolworths, Hyundai, Destination NSW, City of Newcastle, 2XP, WSL, mySURFtv and Surfing Australia. 

1 – Le-Ba Boardriders
2 – Coffs Harbour Boardriders
3 – Kingscliff Boardriders
4 – Byron Bay Boardriders

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