Dion Atkinson: a Seaford surfer boy

Seaford Boardriders Club have won the South Australian qualifying round of the Be The Influence Australian Boardriders Battle.


Australia's biggest ever professional Boardriding Club Series kicked off in Victor Harbor, with over $100,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Led by experienced ASP World Tour surfer Dion Atkinson, Seaford dominated the excellent powerful clean two meter (5 feet) surf to take a comprehensive victory over South Coast Boardriders Club, with Seaview Roaders Boardriders Club in third place.

Atkinson surfed a marathon 7 heats and comfortably won every heat with no less than seven excellent 8 point plus wave scores along with the days only perfect 10 point ride.

"An amazing day and it's a special feeling to represent your club and surf for a team - probably more pressure than surfing just for yourself  as you don't want to let the team down - they're all cheering for you and it's great to come out winners", says Atkinson.

While Atkinson's efforts were clearly dominant, his team mates were also performing well to add to Seaford's dominance on the day.

Teale Vanner, Kyle Imgraben, Francis Harsing, Brinkley Davies, Amy Gore and David Steele all excelled at various stages in the high performance surf, at Waitpinga Beach, which saw Seaford win all three disciplines -  Pairs, Skins and the final Teams Challenge.

A total of 16 clubs from all over Australia will qualify for the national final, which runs on Australia Day weekend, in Cronulla.

The next regional qualifying round runs in Forster on the mid north coast of NSW on the 26/27 October with boardriding clubs from the Central Coast through to the northern border competing for the two spots available from this qualifying round.

Be The Influence Australian Boardriders Battle - South Australia Qualifying Region:

1. Seaford Boardriders Club, 4700 points
2. South Coast Boardriders Club, 3820 points
3. Seaview Roaders Boardriders Club, 3310 points