Scarborough Boardriders have claimed victory in the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle southern regional qualifier after a dominant display of surfing that saw them take top honours in every one of their heats on the way to the final.
Anchored by reigning Australian and NSW Champion Nic Squires and recent Cronulla Open champion Kalani Ball, the five-person team shone in the event, nailing a huge amount of high scores before posting the win ahead of Bondi Boardriders, Maroubra United and Ulladulla who claimed second, third and fourth respectively. Ball put on an impeccable display of surfing in the small conditions, consistently posting excellent scores in excess of 8.00 points. As a result, Ball was awarded the Oakley Prizm Award.
“I really appreciate Surfing NSW and all the clubs coming and being part of this awesome day,” said Scarborough Boardriders Manager Christian De Clouett. “We had a pretty special day today with Kalani not dropping a score under an eight and the rest of the club pulling together to put on an incredible performance and to take this after just missing out on the National Final last year is an awesome feeling. We can’t wait to get there.”
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle saw 13 boardriders clubs competing for the chance to qualify for the national final which will take place in 2021.
Tomorrow, the Kiama Open will see approximately 100 competitors surfing across the male and female divisions.
Surfing Australia and Surfing NSW are stoked to announce the next three state 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 starting this weekend in Kiama.
The key locations for the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle and the Kiama Open are Bombo and Jones with backup locations of Werri Beach.
For more information on the Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle Series head over to www.australianboardridersbattle.com
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 – Scarborough Boardriders
2 – Bondi Boardriders
3 – Maroubra United Boardriders
4 – Ulladulla Boardriders
Oakley Prizm Award: Kalani Ball (Scarborough)