Huge congratulations to local surfers, who’ve taken out the first NSW-based nudie Australian Boardriders Battle at Bombo Beach last weekend.
The team from Scarborough Boardriders beat 12 other clubs in three foot waves to be crowned champions ahead of Ulladulla, Maroubra United, Elouera, Woonona, Southbridge, Bondi, Jones Beach, Sandon Point, Werri, Culburra Beach, Cronulla Point and Cronulla Sharks.
Former WSL qualifying series surfer Nic Squires teamed up with Billie Melinz and Kasey Hargraves to post a series of wins across the Skins, Teams and Womens’ divisions.
The Scarborough team also included Fin McLaren, Hayden Blair, Darcy DeClouett, Tim Bilmon, Rod Morgan and reserve, coach and manager Christian DeClouett.
“This is one of the most satisfying victories I’ve experienced,”Squires told Surfing NSW. “Several years ago, there weren’t many people who even knew Scarborough Boardriders existed, but thanks to teamwork and an extraordinary amount of depth in the area we’ve been able to build to this point. We came second in this event last year, but to go the extra step feels incredible.”
Scarborough Boardriders president Christian DeClouett is thrilled with the result. “It’s our best competitive result ever,” he says. “The club has been running since 1984 and I have been president for the last 15 years- but to beat Elouera and one of world surfing’s top ten Connor O’Leary is just incredible. We have worked hard to develop our young surfers. Now we have such incredible depth in our club, and this result is proof of that. It was one of my best-ever weekends!”
Christian says Scarborough Boardriders is more than just a surfing club. “In some way, shape or form this club has played an integral part in the lives of so many people across our community,” he says. ” It gets kids off their screens and out in the water, and it’s social outlet for men. It’s a chance to get together and have a chat, and know there’s always someone you can talk to, especially if you’re going through a tough time. It’s all about surfing, but it’s also about being active and spending time together.
“And to top it off, we’ve come away with this win, which is just incredible!”
The nudie Australian Boardriders Battle is officially sanctioned by the World Surf League.
The team from Scarborough will now compete in the National final in Newcastle in February next year.
Photos:- Thanks to @ethdogsmith @surfing_nsw