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The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Series III, Australia's biggest grassroots, boardriders event series launched in Cronulla announcing $110,000 in prize money.

It will involve more than 60 of Australia's best boardriders clubs in eight State qualifying rounds starting in September and culminate in a two-day, National Final for 20 clubs on the Australia Day Long Weekend on 23-24 January, 2016 at Cronulla in Sydney.

The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by naming rights partner Original Source and major support partners in Toyota, Nikon, Oakley, Sutherland Shire Council, the World Surf League, XXXX Summer Bright Lager, DrinkWise, Milwaukee, FCS, Surfing Life, Fox Sports, Destination NSW and Boost Mobile.

The series is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League, which allows Australian WSL World Championship Tour surfers (men and women) the opportunity to represent their local boardriders club at respective State qualifying events and the National Final.

In total $110,000 is up for grabs across the entire National Series including the National Final. There is $29,000 available across the eight State qualifying events, while $81,000 will be on offer at the National Final. The winning boardriders club will receive $20,000, while $36,000 will be split between the clubs finishing second to 20th.

Additional National Final prize money includes $12,000 across 12 Skins heats; $5,000 across 5 Women's heats; $5,000 for the Fox Sports Patriot Club Award; $1,000 each to the Wayne Bartholomew and Layne Beachley Medal Winners; and $1,000 for the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack. FCS is also providing a $1000 product pack to the winning club.

The National Final to be held at Cronulla Beach on the Australia Day Long Weekend will again offer a World Tour surfing event-like experience for the clubs and the fans. Live broadcast to big screens on the beach and major infrastructure along with great sponsor activations will ensure a fantastic celebration of club surfing culture is brought to life. The event will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports nationally over the weekend.

Original Source Head of Brand Belinda Groves said: "Following on from the success of last year's event, we're proud to continue celebrating the best of grassroots surfing.

"The state events and National Final are vibrant and intense, just like the experience Original Source 100% naturally fragranced shower gels deliver. We love the enthusiasm the surfing community has for the series, it's a perfect fit."

Snapper Rocks Surfriders are the defending two-time champions after winning Series II earlier this year ahead of Coffs Harbour Boardriders in second and Culburra Beach Boardriders third.

"The ABB has put club surfing on the map nationally," said 2012 WSL World Champion and Snapper Rocks Surfriders member Joel Parkinson. "It's been huge. I grew up surfing in a boardriders club and I know I would never have achieved what I have in surfing without my club, so when I get the call every year for the ABB I drop everything to be there.

"Just as the club was so important for me and my surfing, I know it'll be important for all the young guys and girls surfing for the club now. I want to play a part in that.

"To have won the ABB twice has been huge for Snapper. It's a big thing to be able to say you're the best boardriders club in the country, we wear that tag proudly, and we'll be surfing hard to make it three in a row at Cronulla."

Each club team will include one junior (Under 18) surfer, four Open age surfers, and one over 35 surfer. Each team must include one female surfer.

For more information on the series, visit www.australianboardridersbattle.com

The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Schedule: EVENT 1 - Scamander, TAS - September 19, 2015 EVENT 2 - Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - October 10, 2015 EVENT 3 - NSW Nth - Yamba, NSW - October 31, 2015 EVENT 4 - Gold Coast, QLD - November 7, 2015 EVENT 5 - NSW Central - North Narrabeen, NSW - November 14, 2015 EVENT 6 - Trigg, WA - November 21, 2015 EVENT 7 - Phillip Island, VIC - December 12, 2015 EVENT 8 - NSW Sth - Kiama, NSW - January 9, 2016 NATIONAL FINAL: Cronulla, NSW - January 23 - 24, 2016

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