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Dramatic Day of Surfing at Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle

Defending champions Snapper Rocks Surfriders are facing a major challenge to their title after a dramatic Day 1 of the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle National Final at Cronulla.

Tyler Wright, Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Tyler Wright's early success helped her club remain in contention for national honors. WSL / Will H-S

Snapper is in a fierce battle with a pack of heavyweight clubs including North Narrabeen and Merewether. The newest club at the event, Culburra Boardriders from southern NSW, is also in contention despite a day of drama for its star female surfer Tyler Wright.

The women's Championship Tour (CT) No. 2 was injured after washing over the rocks in a dramatic heat where club teams of five compete in a relay-style event. Wright had won her individual women's heat to put Culburra in a strong position on the overall points ladder.

Nathan Hedge, Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Nathan Hedge won three skin heats on Day 1 of the Australian Boardriders Battle. WSL / Will H-S

Former CT competitor Nathan Hedge ensured Sydney club North Narrabeen would enter Day 2 in a strong position after winning three men's skins heats. Hedge not only ensured his club looms as a major threat on Sunday, but also won $3000 for the club coffers.

2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson won two skins and $2000 to keep Snapper Rocks on track, while one skins win by Merewether's Ryan Callinan and teammate Philippa Anderson in her women's heat has the Newcastle club in a strong position.

For full results head to www.australianboardridersbattle.com.

Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle site at Cronulla
WSL / Surfing Aust/Duffis
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Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle site at Cronulla
WSL / Surfing Aust/Duffis
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