- 07 August 2013 | Surfing
The Australian Boardriders Battle (ABB) will be the biggest grassroots, boardriders event series in Australian surfing history.
Surfing Australia has announced the Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle, a competition involving more than 100 of Australia's best boardriding clubs in seven State qualifying rounds.
The two-day National Final will gather 16 clubs, on the Australia Day Long Weekend, between 25th-26th January, 2014, at Cronulla in Sydney.
In total $105,000 is up for grabs across the entire National Series including the National Final. There is $30,000 available across the seven State qualifying events, while $75,000 will be split between the 16 clubs that make the National Final.
Each club team of seven will include two juniors (1 male and 1 female), four Open age surfers (3 male and 1 female) and one over 35 surfer (male or female). The overall champion boardriders club will receive $20,000.
The Australian Boardriders Battle event format will see club teams battle it out in pairs competition, five-person teams competition and a skins competition.
"I've surfed in Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club since I was 12-years-old when my uncle signed me up and it's been a huge part of my surfing life ever since", says Joel Parkinson.
"It's pretty safe to say I'd never have had the same success in my surfing without having grown up in a boardriders club".
The series is officially sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), which allows Australian ASP World Championship Tour surfers the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club.
The Be The Influence Australian Boardriders Battle Schedule:
South Australia | October 12, 2013 | Victor Harbor
New South Wales | October 26-27, 2013 | Forster
Queensland | November 2-3, 2013 | Gold Coast
Western Australia | November 16 or 17, 2013 | Trigg Point, Perth
Victoria | December 14, 2013 | Phillip Island
Tasmania | December 21, 2013 | East Coast
New South Wales | January 11-12, 2014 | Wollongong
National Final | January 25-26, 2014 | Cronulla