Clifton Beach based South Arm Boardriders club, SABR, retained their title as Tasmania’s top boardrider club but not after serious challenges from arch rivals North West Boardriders NWBR and Park Beach Boardriders PBBR at Scamander over the weekend.
Park Beach BRC caused an upset by winning Heat 1 and progressed straight through to the finals. This left the local North East Boardriders club, NWBR and SABR to fight out for the two places left in the final. SABR and NWBR surfers found quality waves to build big scores and securing their final berths.
SABR club is packed full of multiple state champions like Lizzy Stokely, Rudy Davis and Toby Lawrence making challenging competition for the other state clubs. However, the terrific surf conditions running all day played into the hands of all surfers who found another level and excelled in the one to two metre offshore left and right hand waves.
SABR surfer and current Open Men’s State Champion Rudy Davis was outstanding all day and won the Oakley Performer Award for the second year.
Organisers were calling conditions the best in the history of this annual Tasmanian round of the ABB national series despite earlier forecasts of very poor onshore and wet conditions over all the east coast for the weekend.
The Hyundai Australian Boardrider Battle event is part of the national series held each year to find Australia’s best club. The national final will be held in Newcastle in February where SABR will again line up against Australia’s best surfers.