By Sam Watson
PHILLIP Island has defended its home turf and moved on to the national final of the nudie Australian Boardriders Battle thanks to some brilliant surfing from Codie Jeffery.
The event at Cape Woolamai was the final qualifier in the national series and the windswept swell made it difficult for big scores.
Phillip Island and fellow powerhouse Torquay claimed dominant victories to progress through to the final where they met, Peninsula Surf Riders and Jan Juc.
When the final arrived, it was Jeffery’s time to shine.
The young gun finished with a 7.93 to make sure the locals finished in top spot and also picked up a nice prize of $2000.
Jeffery claimed the Oakley Prizm Performer of the Weekend and Phillip Island finished with a team total of 32.97.
“It’s an amazing feeling to get the win” said Jeffery.
“We worked our [butts] off for this and got the job done. To do it in front of all our mates at home makes the win that much better.”
Jeffery said Phillip Island’s team would likely remain the same for the final battle at Newcastle on May 15 and 16.
“We will just get up there and give it a crack,” Jeffery said.
The National final will be broadcast via australianboardridersbattle.com.
Full results of the event can be found online via liveheats.com/surfingvictoria.
The Australian Boardriders Battle is the country’s biggest grassroots event.
It includes more than 60 of Australia’s best clubs and there’s over $110,000 in prize money across the series.
To win it would be a massive achievement for Phillip Island.
The series is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League and there’s a big chance we’ll be seeing Codie Jeffery on the WSL tour in the near future.