North Narrabeen Boardriders: winners of the Australian Boardriders Battle Series III | Photo: Surfing Australia

The North Narrabeen Boardriders claimed the Australian Boardriders Battle Series III, in the final held in punchy four-foot surf at Cronulla, Sydney.

The country's largest grassroots boardriders competition involved more than 60 of Australia's surf clubs in eight regional qualifying rounds. Only 20 made it to the grand final.

You could feel the tension in the air and water. When the top four teams reached the decisive clash, everyone knew what was at stake. Only North Narrabeen, Point Lookout Boardriders, North Shelly Boardriders and Merewether Surfboard Club had a shot at it.

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Josh Stanton: power surfer | Photo: Woolacott

Josh Cattlin, April McPherson, Jed Gradisen, Coral Durant, Koda Killorn, and Willow Hardy have been crowned champions of the 2016 Taj's Small Fries, held at Shallows, Yallingup, in Western Australia.

The iconic junior surfing event named after the World Championship Tour (WCT) veteran Taj Burrow is already in its 11th edition, and it keeps attracting the youngest talents in Australian surfing.

As always, the host was the star of competition. Taj Burrow surfed, taught, and did the commentaries for the finals, alongside Jack Robinson. Despite the 30 knots of wind, everyone got their share of waves.

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Billy Stairmand: the New Zealand record of five titles that is held by Auckland surfers Wayne Parkes and Iain Buchanan | Photo: Mark Stevenson

Billy Stairmand has done it again. The surfer from Raglan claimed his third consecutive national title at the 2016 Billabong National Surfing Championships, held at Clair Beach, Dunedin, in New Zealand.

Despite the onshore breeze, the event's finals got underway, and Stairmand rapidly took control of the decisive clash. Billy rode two waves in the excellent range - a 9.13 and a 9.03 - and won his fifth national trophy.

"Starting the year off with a win is always good and to have my name on that trophy with all those amazing surfers like Al Byrne, Wayne Parkes, Iain Buchanan, Maz and Jay Quinn is crazy. I am stoked to win any day, but Nationals is always amazing," explained Stairmand.

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