Surfing: Frenchmans keen for repeat wildcard into Australian Boardriders Battle final at Newcastle Beach

Frenchmans Boardriders Club already know the feeling and the five-person surf team want more of the same this weekend.

WINNERS: James McMorland, Dan Frodsham, Lincoln Robards, Danielle Hancock and Ethan Hartge after Frenchmans won the local wildcard spot into the 2017 Australian Boardriders Battle final at Newcastle Beach. Picture: Surfing Australia/Nikon

WINNERS: James McMorland, Dan Frodsham, Lincoln Robards, Danielle Hancock and Ethan Hartge after Frenchmans won the local wildcard spot into the 2017 Australian Boardriders Battle final at Newcastle Beach. Picture: Surfing Australia/Nikon

The Swansea-based group, fresh from a second Surfest Teams Challenge victory, will be one of four vying for the local wildcard spot in the Australian Boardriders Battle national final at Newcastle Beach.

Frenchmans will go head-to-head with Bay Area, Redhead and Newcastle East End in a 50-minute trial on Saturday morning, hoping to make the same main draw they contested in 2017.

“It would be good to make it again,” Frenchmans’ Dan Frodsham said.

“Last year was amazing. It’s pretty well a world CT set up with no expense spared. Standing there watching the likes of Joel Parkinson surf.” 

Frodsham, James McMorland, Danielle Hancock and Ethan Hartge return from last year’s side for Frenchmans, while Dale Thomas replaces Lincoln Robards, who has work commitments.

The trial gets under way at 7am with competition following an hour later. There will be 24 clubs in total, including Merewether Surfboard Club. Finals take place on Sunday.