The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle is the biggest grassroots, boardriders event in Australia. Beginning in October, it involves more than 100 of Australia's best boardriders clubs across eight state qualifying rounds, culminating in a two-day National Final for 20 clubs on the 2015 Australia Day Long Weekend at Cronulla in Sydney.
In total $120,000 is up for grabs across the entire National Series including the National Final. There is $33,000 available across the eight State qualifying events, while $87,000 will be on offer at the National Final. The winning boardriders club will receive $20,000, while $42,000 will be split between the clubs finishing second to 20th.
Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates said The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle is an unprecedented series involving Australia's best surfers representing their respective clubs.
â€œBoardriders clubs are the backbone of surfing in Australia and play a significant role in developing some of the best surfers in the world. Events like the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle enforce the backbone of our sport and why we have world champion surfers from the likes of Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore representing Australia in the ASP World Tourâ€.
The series is officially sanctioned by the 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. Last year saw the likes of Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore compete for their respective boardriders clubs in a bid to strengthen their team and claim victory for the club from where it all started.
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.
An exciting event format will see club teams battle it out in a Women's division, five-person Teams' division and a Skins competition. The National Final will include a lucrative, winner-take-all Skins format across 12 heats with a $1000 jackpot in each heat.
The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly supported by naming rights partner Original Source and major support partners Toyota, Nikon, Oakley, Boost Mobile, the Association of Surfing Professionals, Sutherland Shire Council, Milwaukee, FCS, Surfing Life, Fuel TV and Destination NSW.
For more information on the series, visit www.australianboardridersbattle.com
The Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle Schedule:
EVENT 1 Scamander, TAS - October 4, 2014
EVENT 2 Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - October 25, 2014
EVENT 3 Gold Coast, QLD - November 1 - 2, 2014
EVENT 4 NSW Central - North Narrabeen, NSW - November 8, 2014
EVENT 5 NSW Nth - Yamba, NSW - November 15, 2014
EVENT 6 Yallingup, WA - November 22, 2014
EVENT 7 Phillip Island, VIC - December 13, 2014
EVENT 8 NSW Sth - Kiama, NSW - January 10, 2015
NATIONAL FINAL Cronulla, NSW - January 24 - 25, 2015