January 29 - February 4 2023: Issue 569


Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final Wildcard Club Announced as North Narrabeen - North Avalon Surfriders association + long reef Surfriders Association also competing

Nathan Hedge, Day 1 ABBNF2022. Photo: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia 

North Narrabeen is set to shake up the Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final presented by Zambrero after being named this year's wildcard club.

They're not taking any chances in their quest for national glory. The team list includes ex-CT surfers Davie Cathels, Laura Enever and Nathan Hedge as well as QS and Challenger Series competitors Jordy Lawler, Dylan Moffat, Jamie Thomson, Cooper Chapman, Jesse Starling and Kai Warner.

North Narrabeen Coach, Matt Cattle said: "North Narrabeen are grateful and excited to receive the ABB wildcard position for 2023.

"North Narrabeen Boardriders is 59 years old and it’s a privilege to coach the club with such legends as Damien Hardman two time World Champion and President, Simon Anderson Pipe Master, Terry Fitzgerald, Col Smith, Mark Warren, Dappa Oliver, Tony Hardwick, Greg Ando, Nathan Webster, Mark & Brett Bannister, Davey Cathels, Nathan Hedge and Laura Enever."

North Narrabeen Boardriders Club is among three local boardriders clubs to make it into the Grand Final, along with North Avalon Surfriders Association and Long Reef Surfriders Association, which both qualified at the Australian Boardriders Battle Central NSW Regional Qualifier at North Narrabeen Beach in November 2022.

All up 23 clubs have qualified for the Grand Final with the Hyundai Trials teams event on the morning of Saturday, 4th February, to determine the 24th, and final, spot.

The Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle presented by Zambrero is the country's biggest grassroots boardriders event involving more than 75 clubs and over $110,000 in prize money.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the series, which continues to get bigger and better every year. The Grand Final will be held at Newcastle Beach on February 4-5 and broadcast live and free on the Seven Network’s digital streaming platform, 7plus. 

A range of specialty awards are also up for grabs including the Wayne Bartholomew & Layne Beachley Medal and Reeftip Club Spirit Award.

2022 Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final Qualified Clubs:

1. Snapper Surfriders club

2. Burleigh Heads Boardriders

3. North Shore Boardriders Club

4. Noosa Boardriders Club

5. Yallingup Boardriders Club

6. Trigg Point Boardriders

7.  Sea View Road Boardriders

8. Southarm Boardriders

9. Byron Bay Boardriders

10. Kingscliff Boardriders Club

11. Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club

12. Port Macquarie Surfboard Riders Club

13. Torquay Boardriders

14. Phillip Island Boardriders Club

15. North Shelly Boardriders

16. Long Reef Boardriders

17. North Avalon Surfriders Association

18. Avoca Boardriders

19. Maroubra United Boardriders

20. Scarborough Boardriders Club

21. Jones Beach Boardriders Club

22. Elouera Boardriders Club

23. North Narrabeen Boardriders ***wildcard club

The 2022/23 Australian Boardriders Battle is proudly sponsored by Hyundai, Zambrero, Harvey Norman, ACCIONA, Oakley, Reeftip, Ruffie, City of Newcastle and Destination NSW with support from the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW and Steel City.

Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle 10-year anniversary series schedule:

EVENT 1: Gold Coast, Qld – Sept 3, 2022

EVENT 2: Trigg, WA – Sept 10, 2022

EVENT 3: Fleurieu Peninsula, SA – Sept 24, 2022

EVENT 4: Clifton Beach, Tas – Oct 22, 2022

EVENT 5: Coffs Harbour, NSW North – Oct 29, 2022

EVENT 6: Phillip Island, Vic – Nov 6, 2022

EVENT 7: North Narrabeen, NSW Central – Nov 19, 2022

EVENT 8: Kiama, NSW South – Nov 26, 2022

GRAND FINAL: Newcastle Beach, NSW – Feb 4-5, 2023