November 28 - December 4, 2021: Issue 520


North Steyne Boardriders take out the Australian Boardriders Battle Central Qualifier at warriewood

North Steyne Boardriders  win. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

WARRIEWOOD BEACH: Saturday, 27 November 2021
Report by Surfing NSW

North Steyne Boardriders have taken out the Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Central NSW regional qualifier in stormy and wild conditions at Warriewood Beach. 

The Manly based club blitzed the competition over the course of the day, thanks largely to the dominant performance of young local surfer George Pittar who posted multiple near-perfect scores over the course of his club’s campaign. 

In the all northern beaches final, reigning National Champions, North Narrabeen put up a valiant battle, finishing just behind North Steyne, while Long Reef took out third and North Avalon, finished in fourth. 

All results can be seen here.

North Narrabeen Boardriders Club. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Long Reef Boardriders Association. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

North Avalon Surfriders Association (NASA) Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

North Steyne Club Captain and former World Tour surfer Richie Lovett attributes the teams success to a recent recalibration of tactics and an emphasis on simply having fun. 

“There’s not really an easy way to say this, but we’ve had so many shockers in this event over the years,” said Lovett. “This year, we decided to regroup and refocus on the things that drive us as a club and basically it was to simply have fun with this event while still giving it our all. The club is full of so many talented surfers and I think I speak for all members when I say that we’re over the moon to win this.” 

The Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle saw 13 boardriders clubs competing for the chance to qualify for the national final which will take place in 2022. 

Clubs that competed included North Narrabeen, Merewether, North Avalon, North Shelly, Queenscliff, Avoca, Mona Vale, Long Reef, East End, Curl Curl, Bungan, North Steyne and Freshwater. 

The 2021/22 Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle has been bigger and better than ever since launching into its ninth season on the Gold Coast earlier this year.

In what has become world-renowned as the biggest and best club surfing series on the planet, the nine-leg Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Series travels to all corners of the country with events at epic locations like Newcastle for the National Final. 

For previous results, images and video highlights head over to 

George Pittar - The Oakley Prizm Performer is awarded to the standout surferPhoto: Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Series Nine Schedule:

ABB – EVENT 1 – Gold Coast, QLD – August 28, 2021 -COMPLETED

ABB – EVENT 2 – Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Sept 4, 2021 –COMPLETED

ABB – EVENT 3 – Trigg, WA – Sept 18, 2021 –COMPLETED

ABB – EVENT 4 – Scamander, TAS – Oct 2, 2021–COMPLETED

ABB – EVENT 5 – NSW Central – North Narrabeen, NSW – Nov 27, 2021

ABB – EVENT 6 – NSW South – Kiama, NSW – Dec 11, 2021

ABB – EVENT 7 – URBN SURF, VIC – Dec 12, 2021

ABB – EVENT 8 – NSW Nth – Coffs Harbour, NSW – Dec 18, 2021

Grand Final – Newcastle Beach, NSW – Feb 5 – 6, 2022

NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and Surfing Australia’s commitment to comply with all State and Federal regulations, series dates are subject to change at any time. 

The 2021/22 Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle series is proudly supported by Hyundai, Zambrero, City of Newcastle, Oakley, ACCIONA, 2XP,, Destination NSW, Reeftip, Gage Roads and Surfing Australia.

Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Central Action
All photos by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Arch Whiteman, NASA

Austin Ware, QBC

Beau Mitchell, North Steyne

Blake Levett, North Steyne

Blake Levett, North Steyne

Christo Hall, North Narrabeen

Darcy Crump, Bungan

Davey Cathels, North Narrabeen

Ed Aubrey, CUBA

Fletcher Kelleher, North Steyne

George Pittar, North Steyne

George Pittar, North Steyne

Harley Ross, CUBA

Hughie Vaughan, North Shelly

Hughie Vaughan, North Shelly

Jaz McCorquodale, Avoca

Joel Barry, North Shelly

Joel Vaughan, North Shelly

Joel Vaughan, North Shelly

Jono Shade, Avoca

Josh Stretton, East End

Kobi Clements, Long Reef

Laura Enever, North Narrabeen

Lennox Chell, Avoca

Luke Egan, Merewether

Luke Egan Merewether

Oliver Heintz, NASA

Oliver Heintz, NASA

Randall Sharpe, North Shelly

Samson Coulter, QBC

Sandon Whittaker, Avoca

Tom Myers, Freshwater

Winter Vincent, QBC

Xavier Bryce, Long Reef