Merewether take top honours in tricky conditions at Australian Boardriders Battle

Merewether Surfboard Club has claimed the top honours for the third qualifying round of the nudie Australian Boardriders Series over the weekend, braving tricky conditions to win at North Narrabeen Beach.

The Newcastle representatives found rhythm in the one-foot peaks that kicked up in the qualifier, claiming a handful of wins across the Skins and Teams divisions to place first on the leaderboard.

Outstanding performances came from former junior series stars Travis Lynch, Mitchell Ross and Jackson Brent, and the points haul was enough to clear Avoca Boardriders – the second placed team – by 75 points.

The qualifying win was a proud moment for Merewether, as Lynch explained that this leg of the Boardriders series has always been a sticking point for the club.

“Merewether haven’t had the greatest luck when it comes to this event at Narrabeen, so we’re pumped to be able to seal the deal here today,” said Lynch.

“We were actually surprised to see waves here as there was nothing in Merewether when we left this morning, so I think that really frothed the team up to put on a good show.

“We’re pumped to be able to earn this spot into the national final, which is just around the corner from our local beach. We can’t wait.”

The best individual performance for the day came from Avoca surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson, who took out the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Hack award for a stellar performance in the females division off the back of the only perfect score in the event.

Avoca surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson coming out of the water after a stunning performance at the nudie Australian Boardriders Series. Picture: Ethan Smith / Surfing NS

Avoca surfer Kirra-Belle Olsson coming out of the water after a stunning performance at the nudie Australian Boardriders Series. Picture: Ethan Smith / Surfing NS

Joining Merewether in the National Final will be event runner-up and last year’s National Champions Avoca and the Teams division winner North Steyne who claimed second and respectively.

Merewether, defending National champions Avoca and Teams division winner North Steyne all now turn their eyes to the National final in Newcastle in February, where 24 of the state’s top clubs will contest the penultimate boardriders’ title for NSW.

Round Results:

  • Merewether Surfriders – 5125 points
  • Avoca Boardriders – 5050 points
  • North Steyne Boardriders – 4800 points
  • Queenscliff Boardriders – 4674 points
  • North Avalon Surfriders – 4662 points
  • North Shelly Boardriders – 4462 points
  • North Curl Curl – 4274 points
  • North Narrabeen Boardriders – 3962 points
  • Long Reef Boardriders – 3362 points
  • East End Boardriders – 3050 points
  • Wamberal Express Boardriders – 2450 points
  • Bungan Boardriders – 2050 points
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