Eight of NSW’s hungriest board riding clubs competed in the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Series (NSW Northern State Round) at Turners Beach, Yamba over the weekend.
Cabarita’s team took the honours, followed by Byron Bay and Le-Ba (Lennox Head/Ballina).
In a tight battle that came down to the final of the Teams division, Cabarita, Byron Bay, LeBa and Coffs Harbour vied for the trophy.
Massive turns from Chippa Wilson (Cabarita) and Danny Wills (Byron Bay) propelled their teams to earn a spot in the national final.
Wilson, who is a professional free-surfer, said he was “stoked to put a [competition] jersey on” for his club.
“The feeling of surfing for your club is unreal and if I was surfing for myself then I probably wouldn’t have done the event.
“Cabarita is such a tight-knit club and to see everyone surf as well as they did puts a massive smile on all our faces.
“We thought of ourselves as the underdogs a little bit, so to get on top and take the win feels awesome.”
Former World Championship Tour surfer, Lee Winkler from Coffs Harbour Boardriders, won the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack award after posting a 9.57 (out of 10).
The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Series III is the country’s biggest grassroots board riders event series.
More than 60 of Australia’s board riding clubs will have competed in the series by the time it wraps up on the Australia Day long weekend January 23-24, at Cronulla, Sydney.
In total, $110,000 is up for grabs across the series: The winning club will pocket $20,000, while $36,000 will be split between the remaining 19 finalist clubs.
1 – Cabarita: 5600 points
2 – Byron Bay: 5320 points
3 – Le-Ba: 5052 points
4 – Coffs Harbour: 4862 points
5 – Half Tide: 3962 points
6 – Woolgoolga: 3674 points
7 – Saltwater: 3674 points
8 – Sawtell: 3562 points