Snapper Rocks Boardriders have been crowned champions today at the 2022 Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle (ABB) Queensland qualifier event, held at Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast in challenging 3ft waves.
The single-day qualifier event showcased 14 of Queensland’s best boardrider clubs as they battled for a position in the Grand Final to be held in February 2023.
The ABB is a distinctive ‘tag team’ team format where clubs must select 2 x Open Men, 1 x Open Woman, 1 x Master (over 35 years) and 1 x Junior (under 18 years) to compete.
Snapper Rocks defeated Burleigh Heads Boardriders, North Shore Boardriders and Noosa Heads Boardriders respectively, in a hotly contested final. All four teams have now qualified to compete at the Grand Final (details TBC).
BurleighHeadsBoardriders started off the final with an early lead, but after all teams progressed through the final with their various surfers, Snapper Rocks Boardridersproved too solid and ran away with the lead.
Snapper Rocks Club President, Jay Phillips, said he couldn’t be more proud of the team and was over the moon to take the win today and qualify for the Grand Final.
“The level of surfing from all the clubs today was just incredible,” said Phillips. “It’s been an epic day and it’s always one of the clubs favourite events on the calendar. Taking the win was just the icing on the cake and I couldn’t be more proud to be the president of this amazing club.”
Today also commenced the Hyundai and Surfing Australia ‘She’s Electric’ national women’s leaderboard.
She’s Electric is a platform to recognise and amplify female grassroots athletes on a national scale by leveraging LiveHeats data from the Australian Boardriders Battles. This leaderboard aims to give female boardriders a profile, unearthing breakout talent and creating a pathway to the top – inspiring the next generation of surfers.
Sophie McCulloch from North Shore Boardriders has secured the top spot on the She’s Electric leaderboard after the first round of the ABB.
The judges also awarded some of the standout performers of the day. Curtis Ewing (Point Lookout Boardriders)was awarded the Oakley Prizm Performer award for the best individual performance.
Jahly Stokes from Kawana Boardriders was awarded the Harvey Norman High Performer Award for the best junior performance.
Sponsors of the 2022/23 series include the naming rights partner Hyundai and supporting sponsors Zambrero, Oakley, Harvey Norman, Reeftip Drinks Co and Acciona.
1st: Snapper Rocks Boardriders
2nd: Burleigh Heads Boardriders
3rd: North Shore Boardriders
4th: Noosa Heads Boardriders
For more head over to australianboardridersbattle.com
EVENT SERIES SCHEDULE
Event 1 – Gold Coast, QLD – September 3, 2022
Event 2 – Trigg, WA – September 10, 2022
Event 3 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – September 24, 2022
Event 4 – Clifton Beach, Tas – October 22, 2022
Event 5 – NSW Nth, Coffs Harbour, NSW – October 29, 2022
Event 6 – Phillip Island, Vic – November 6, 2022
Event 7 – NSW Central, North Narrabeen, NSW – November 19, 2022
Event 8 – NSW South, Kiama, NSW – November 26, 2022
Grand Final – TBC – February 4 – 5, 2023