Margs boardriders in blitz
Margaret River surfers have claimed their third victory in a row to take out the State finalist title at the Australian Boardriders Battle, held at Trigg Beach on Saturday.
Despite constant challenges during the event, the local Margaret River Boardriders team dug deep to overcome seven of WA’s best clubs and a host of the State’s best surfers, which included former World Surf League Championship Tour greats Claire Bevilacqua from Scarborough and Taj Burrow representing Yallingup.
The win for Margaret River marks the club’s fourth since the Boardriders Battle series started in 2013.
They and runner-up Trigg Point now qualify for the national final in Newcastle.
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“We’re so stoked to have won and qualified for the national final once again,” Sheridan said. “I’ve already spoken to some of our WSL surfers like Bronte Macaulay, Jack Robinson and Jacob Willcox, and they’re all keen to try and make it to the national final so we can put our best team forward to take on the country’s best.”
Cowaramup Bay and Geraldton Boardriders will be eligible for wildcard positions at next year’s final.
Geraldton dynamo Max Marsden was judged the best and most in-form surfer of the day, winning the Oakley Prizm Performer Award as well as the AirAsia Big Air Award for a massive and inverted air reverse during the blue-ribbon final.
“We’re use to a bit of wind up in Geraldton and it was just perfect for punts,” he said.
“I’m stoked with how well our younger surfers performed, and it’s always nice to score some individual recognition, but in the end it’s all about your performance as a club.”
More than 60 boardrider clubs nationwide were vying for about $110,000 in prize money in the WSL-sanctioned competition.
Yallingup Boardriders Club came in sixth overall.
Margaret River scored $2000 from the Trigg win.
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