Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle
Surfing Australia announced the Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle (ABB) – the biggest grassroots, boardriders event series in Australian surfing history with more than $100,000 in prize money.
It involves more than 100 of Australia’s best boardriding clubs in seven State qualifying rounds and culminate in a two-day, National Final for 16 clubs on the Australia Day Long Weekend on 25-26 January, 2014 at Cronulla in Sydney.
The series is officially sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), which allows Australian ASP World Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective State qualifying events and the National Final.
The Be the Influence Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking, Billabong, Toyota, Nikon, Destination NSW, Surfing Australia, the Association of Suring Professionals, Sutherland Shire Council, Coastalwatch and Surfing World.
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.
The overall champion boardriders club will receive $20,000.
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 Be the Influence Boardriders Battle also includes a Monster Raffle giveaway with one lucky ticket holder to drive away in a new Toyota RAV4. Other prizes include a Billabong pack valued at more than $1500 and a Nikon camera valued at up to $1000. The Monster Raffle is open to all Surfing Australia affiliated boardrider clubs with proceeds returning to the boardriders club community.
In a further incentive to the clubs that make the National Final, the four junior female surfers from the four highest placed clubs will be invited to be part of the Surfing Australia documentary Wildcard.
Wildcard is a one hour documentary following the four female surfers as they are given the chance of a lifetime to win a wildcard spot into both the Open and Pro Junior events at the Australian Open of Surfing at Manly in February, 2014. The four will be invited to the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre (HPC) for a week-long selection camp to see who will win the wildcard.
Watch it live at australianboardridersbattle.com