February 6 - 12, 2022: Issue 525


Surfers Make Light Work Of Heavy Conditions At Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Newcastle Grand Final

Lliam 'Letty' Mortensen, Day 1 ABBNF2022.Photo: Blainey Woodham/Surfing Australia
Tru Starling being chaired by team mates after her Heat, Day 1 ABBNF2022. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia 
Nathan Hedge, Day 1 ABBNF2022. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia 

Saturday, 5th February, 2022

By Surfing Australia

Despite a day of challenging surf and windy conditions, The Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final got off to flying start at Newcastle with the Open Men, Open Women, Masters and Juniors all surfing their individual heats.

Surfing for her beloved Snapper Rocks Boardriders, Kobie Enright found a diamond in the rough in her Open Women’s heat as she mustered up a handful of beautiful forehand carve to post a solid 8.13 wave score. Enright looked majestic as she swooped through an array of difficult waves to find the clean sections that allowed her to nail the aforementioned turns.

“That was so difficult out there. It was definitely the most exercise I have done this year I reckon,” said Enright. “Most heats prior to me had pretty low scores so I was just aiming to do one or two turns on a wave then you could potentially get a good score. I got lucky and got one really good section and the judges seemed to like it.”

Kobi Enright on that golden wave. Credit: Blainey Woodham/Surfing Australia 

Sophie McCulloch followed suit a few heats later as she posted a massive 8.38 wave score for her local North Shore Boardriders Club.

 Hughie Vaughan put on a clinic in the junior men’s division as he surfed an impeccable heat for his local North Shelly Boardriders Club. Vaughan’s patient approach to wait out the back for a sizeable wave paid dividends as he caught a massive set that allowed for a chain of powerful snaps and carves. Vaughan was awarded with an 8.75, the highest wave score of the day.

“The waves seemed to be really fun in that heat,” said Vaughan. “I thought there was potential for a big score if you could catch a set out the back and then get it to run the whole way through. Thankfully, I found one and it offered a series of sections to do turns.”

Hughie Vaughan runs the North Shelly tunnel. Credit: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia 

2022 Hyundai Grand Final Leaderboard (End of Day 1):

  1. Nth Narrabeen BRC
  2. Coffs Harbour BRC
  3. Nth Shelley BRC
  4. North Avalon Surfing Association (NASA)
  5. Redhead BRC
  6. Snapper SRC
  7. Phillip Island BRC
  8. North Shore BRC
  9. Le-Ba BRC
  10. Torquay BRC
  11. Maroubra United BRC
  12. Merewether SBC
  13. Avoca BRC
  14. Long Reef SRA
  15. North Steyne BRC
  16. Kingscliff BRC
  17. Cronulla Sharks BRC
  18. Scarborough BRC
  19. Burleigh Heads BRC
  20. Point Lookout BRC
  21. Kawana BRC
  22. Seaford BRC
  23. Jones Beach BRC
  24. South Arm BRC

As part of this year's Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final 15 New South Wales boardrider clubs were presented with state-of-the-art trauma first aid kits on Saturday February 5th, as part of a collaborative project between Surfing NSW and the NSW State Government.

The custom kits, which are designed for use in the event of an immediate, life-threatening trauma incident were designed in collaboration with Surfing NSW staff, and include equipment to deal with immediate trauma, bleeding control, hypothermia, fracture management and minor wounds.

“Surfers are often the first to respond to surf-zone incidents at unpatrolled or regional beaches and in many of these cases, every second counts,” said Matt Lawson, Surfers Rescue 24/7 Coordinator at Surfing NSW. 

“Providing these specialised trauma kits and training across 190 locations in NSW will save lives. If immediate first aid is required as a result of a shark attack, fin chop, or propeller injury we can help to reduce serious injury or preserve life while paramedics are on the way," Mr. Lawson said.

The trauma kits have been developed by TacMed Paramedics and Military Medics with approved equipment used by military, law enforcement and ambulance agencies globally. 

More in; Trauma Kits Presented To 15 NSW Boardrider Clubs At Australian Boardriders Battle Final

L-R : North Narrabeen Boardriders, Kingscliff Boardriders, Avoca Boardriders, North Shelly (Central Coast) Boardriders, Maroubra United Boardriders, Coffs Harbour Boardriders, Jones Beach Boardriders, Cronulla Boardriders, Merewether Boardriders, Avalon (NASA - North Avalon Surfriders Association), Matt Lawson - Surfing NSW, Surfers Rescue 24/7 Coordinator

North Shelly Win Maiden Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Title In Newcastle

Sunday, 6th February/2022
by Surfing Australia

There were scenes of joy on Newcastle Main beach this afternoon as North Shelly Boardriders brought home the bacon after coming so close over the last five years at the Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final. 

It was a true team effort with all members contributing scores under pressure in the hour-long final.  Anchored by power surfer Joel Vaughan, time management was a huge factor. Vaughan nailed down a 5 point ride and got in the gates to put pressure on the other three clubs with a few minutes to spare. 

Joel Vaughan was a standout all weekend and led the charge as North Shelly's power surfer. Credit: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia  

Long-serving North Shelly legend and Masters competitor Russ Molony was over the moon with the long-awaited win.

When asked how he and the team dealt with the pressure, Molony said: "When you are out surfing in the water you feel calm and pretty good, but when you are on the beach it's so nerve-wracking so we just try to stay calm and feed off each other's energy. 

"This is huge for our club, thanks so much to all our loyal supporters for making the trip up here to Newcastle and thanks to the sponsors, it's a great event and Australian Surfing is looking so good with so many awesome young surfers coming through that you see surfing at this event. "

2022 North Shelly Team: 
Macy Jane Callaghan
Joel Vaughan 
Hugh Vaughan 
Russ Molony 
Shane Holmes 

1st place: North Shelly BRC

2nd place: Snapper SRC

3rd place: Point Lookout BRC

4th place: Le Ba BRC

For full results visit www.australianboardridersbattle.com 


Layne Beachley Award: Kobi Enright 

Rabbit Bartholomew Award: Mikey McDonagh 

Hyundai Electric Air Show: Ash Jenner 

Hyundai She's Electric Award: Phillipa Anderson 

Oakley Prizm Performer Award: Bede Durbidge 

Pic's Junior Performer Awards: Hughie Vaughan & Jahli Stokes 

Reeftip Club Spirit Award: North Shelly Boardriders Club 

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 www.australianboardridersbattle.com

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 -- COMPLETED

ABB - EVENT 6 - NSW South - Kiama, NSW - Dec 11, 2021--COMPLETED


ABB - EVENT 8 - NSW Nth - Coffs Harbour, NSW - Dec 18, 2021 --- COMPLETED

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

The 2021/22 Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final is proudly supported by Hyundai, Zambrero, Oakley, ACCIONA, Woolworths, Pics Peanut Butter, City of Newcastle, Destination NSW, Andrew Peace Wines, Gage Roads Brewing Company, Newcastle Herald and Surfing Australia.

Day 1 And Day 2 Action

Photos by Blainey Woodham/Surfing Australia and Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia 

Alister Reginato

Arabella Wilson

Bede Durbidge

Cooper Chapman

Curtis Ewing

Dane Bird

Davey Cathels

Gabi Spake

George Pittar

Jack Perry

Jasmine McCorquodale

Joel Vaughan

Jono Shade

Josh Kerr

Kalani Ball

Kobi Clements

Macy Callaghan

Marlon Harrison

Matt Wilko

Micah Margieson

Mike Clayton-Brown 

Mikey McDonagh

Mitch James

Nyxie Ryan

Oceanna Rogers

Philippa Anderson

Russ Molony

Shaye Leeuwendal

Sheldon Simkus

Sophie McCulloch

Travis Lynch

Tye Koolis

Xavier Huxtable

Zahlia Short