By Sam Watson
THE Phillip Island Boardriders Club finished equal ninth at Newcastle for the Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle last weekend.
It is the fourth consecutive year Phillip Island Boardriders Club has represented Victoria in the Boardriders Battle, now in its eighth season.
The Nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is Australia’s biggest grassroots boardriders event and involves more than 60 of Australia’s best boardriders clubs.
Taking place across eight state qualifying rounds, 24 clubs come together at Newcastle for the national final to battle it out to become the 2020/21 Australian Champions.
Club president Dylan Matthews said: “It’s impressive that for such a small community we are able to compete with the country’s best surf clubs, we have such depth and talent to choose from.
“In the seeding heats, Sage Goldsbury surfed open women, Harry de Roth in the open men, Codie Jeffrey in the under 18s and Glyndon Ringrose in the masters, who all surfed really well, finishing second place in nearly all seeding heats,” Matthews said.
Club captain Harry De Roth said: “Our round one heat was at 7am on Saturday and the conditions were solid, the swell had come up overnight and getting out the back quickly was a challenge.
“The Phillip Island team surfed really well, finishing second and we qualified for round two along with Maroubra.”
“In round two later in the day the swell had dropped quite a bit, but during the heat a few things didn’t go our way, which is tough with the battle format.
“Stand out surfing over the weekend by Codie Jeffrey, Glyndon Ringrose and Carl Wright our power surfer.”
“I’m really proud of the efforts of all team members, support crew, family members and sponsors for making it possible for us to compete – it was such an epic weekend.”
North Narrabeen were the eventual winners, followed by Snapper Rocks SRC, Merewether BRC and Point Lookout BRC.