April 28 - May 4, 2024: Issue 623


The Inaugural Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic: To Run Saturday May 4th 2024 - Great Raffle Prizes Available!!

An initiative by Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders and supported by Mona Vale Boardriders and Surfing NSW

Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders Inc First Official Competition crew, 2023
Left to Right: Lee Ferrier, Lori Foti, Michael Foti, Jack Jackson, Max Devery (from WA!), Sam Bloom, Chris Astill
Back Row: Kirk Watson, John Crampton, Chook Harris
Front Row: Em Dieters 
Notable Absentees: Cam Bloom, Jaz Astill
Photo Byron Chadwick - nomoredahl

Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders (NBPSB) has organised the inaugural Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic to raise awareness of para surfing, encourage more to get involved, raise funds and build community.

NBPSB would like to extend a warm invitation to everyone to join them for what NBPSB hopes will become a major event in the surfing community’s calendar.

Inspired by her experience at the ISA World Para Surfing Championships in 2022 and 2023, Emma Dieters had the opportunity to participate in a professional event. This led to the idea of creating a collaborative experience between Mona Vale Boardriders and NBPSB through a "Mini Pro" event, featuring commentary during heats and finals, post-heat interviews, and a festive atmosphere at the beach with food trucks, and music that rolls into a social evening.

Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders are thrilled to announce that Surfing NSW is fully supporting this event and shares the vision of the NBPSB. Together with these two  organisations, NBPSB are working to make the para surfing grassroots pathway a reality.

A full day of sharing the stoke

The inaugural Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic begins at 8:00am with Mona Vale Boardriders and NBPSB's regular competition and a BBQ Breakfast. Competition continues and then a Spit Lunch will be available around midday.

An Exhibition will be kicked off by past and present Para Surfers of the Australian Irukandjis Team and finish with an Expression Session Crew showcasing surfing legends.

NBPSB will then run the finals and start to dry off and de-sand to move up to the Mona Vale SLSC and Cooks Terrace to chillout, listen to some live music and enjoy a few beverages with a grazing table.

NBPSB is also be running a major raffle leading up to the event and on the day to help raise funds - details and HUGE prize list below.

This is to be a full day of fun! 

Come for an hour, come for the day and support these two great clubs to do the great work that they do.

Join in Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic

NB: You must have signed up by 8pm on the Thursday evening, May 2nd prior to the Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic event.  

You will be surfing under NBPSB, however we are currently still integrated with Mona Vale Boardriders so heat times will be up on the MVB LiveHeats website on the evening before the comp, approx. at 9pm. 

Sign up here 

NOTE: If you are not a current active member of the club (ie not financial) you do not need to sign up to become a member for the Pittwater RSL Boardriders Inclusive Classic and May round unless you would like to and NBPSB would of course be very grateful.

Lucky Door 

Book tickets HERE for the lucky door prize ticket and entry to MVSLSC Cooks Terrace for the music. 

Raffle Prizes

Don't miss out on the chance to win some fantastic prizes in the raffle as well!!  Buy your Raffle tickets HERE

1 for $10, 3 for $20, 10 for $50 and 25 for $100


1st Prize valued at $2,770
QB Interiors - DiroDi E-Bike

QB Interiors are generously sponsoring our major prize: The DiroDi Rover Gen 3 is 2 person electric bike with a vintage design, powerful motor and massive battery. It offers up to 100km of range and can carry up to 150kg of load.

QB Interiors are the Sydney landmark building Interior Design experts, specialising in corporate premises fit-outs, interior refurbishment and end of trip facilities. When you enlist the services of QB Interiors, you can rely on commitment to responsibility, innovation and integrity. QB stands for Quality Built, an outcome these professionals achieve with every project.

2nd Prize valued at $1,200
Anytime Fitness - 12 months Gym Membership

Find your fit at Anytime Fitness! Whether you want to tackle a new challenge or take it slow, Anytime Fitness is here to help you make it happen. One membership unlocks access to over 500 clubs around Australia open 24/7 – so you can workout when it suits you. Whatever you look like, wherever you’re from, however you like to work out – you’ll be welcome at Anytime Fitness.

3rd Prize valued at $1,000
Jagger Surfboards - Voucher

Handcrafted surfboards from start to finish. Have your very own unique Jagger surfboard shaped to order. Any style up to 7,4 long. Colour spray or resin tint included. FCS or Futures included. Matt finish. E Poly construction

4th Prize valued at $999
Chilli Surfboard - Voucher

Since 1996 // Shop over 300 boards available online now, ready to ship!

5th Prize valued at $500
Outfall Art Collective - Voucher

Northern Beaches born and raised, artist Matt Wilcocks' affinity with the ocean reaches across his artistic practice, his sport and leisure pursuits, right through to his deep appreciation for the natural world. His sculptural works represent his connection to the ocean and its inhabitants, the human need to be connected with water, memories of time well spent in and on the living ocean, and the intricate workings of an ecosystem that is essential to the health and well being of all life and the planet we live on.

6th Prize valued at $250
Splashed! Swim School - Term of swimming lessons

Splashed! offers Learn to Swim lessons for children aged 4 months - 12 years in it's purpose built, heated, indoor pool in Warriewood. They cater for a maximum of two classes at any one time - a comfortable water temperature and few distractions provide children the perfect learning environment for success! Their philosophy is a child-centered one and their comprehensive learn to swim programs are interesting and challenging, helping to keep kids motivated!

7th Prize valued at $200
SurfCraft Brewing Co. - Esky & a case of SurfCraft beer

Everything they do at SurfCraft is a creative collaboration between the beer and surf industry. Located in Brookvale, SurfCraft Brewery celebrate our local history, craftsmanship, and transformational impact on modern-day surfing in every one of their beers. Their mission is to unite the worlds of shaping beers and crafting boards by creating a beer label inspired by the style and spirit of the Northern Beaches surf culture.

8th Prize valued at $199
City Cave Float & Wellness Centre - Complete Wellness Package

City Cave Float & Wellness Centre aims to build healthier communities through services that support the mental and physical wellbeing of their clients. The Complete Wellness Package includes Float Therapy, Infrared Sauna and Massage Services to assist in your health journey by providing natural mental health remedies and supporting physical recovery.

9th Prize valued at $180
Novoa Health - Sauna and Ice Bath Voucher

Novoa is a state of living. Be the CEO of your own mind and body. Choose your own unique journey to freedom and resilience. Some of the benefits of infrared sauna include: increased circulation and metabolism, detoxification, muscle, and joint pain relief, stress and fatigue reduction, and immune-boosting. An ice bath is a great way to finish off after your infrared sauna for the ultimate mental reset.

10th Prize valued at $139
City Cave Float & Wellness Centre - Couples Flauna

City Cave Float & Wellness Centre aims to build healthier communities through services that support the mental and physical wellbeing of their clients. The Couples Flauna includes Float Therapy and Infrared Sauna for 2 people to assist in your health journey by providing natural mental health remedies and supporting physical recovery.

11th Prize valued at $50
Sunset Store, Mona Vale - Gift Voucher

Your local surf clothing & skate shop offering top name brands like Vans Off the Wall, Baker Skateboards & Butter. Sunset is a haven for beach lovers. Shop on-line or visit the store with it's laid-back vibe and friendly staff. From trendy apparel to essential accessories, Sunset has everything you need for our Northern Beaches lifestyle.

12th Prize valued at $1
Signed Rashie from Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Awesome and priceless! This rashie from the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach has been personally signed by Molly Picklum. Kindly donated by Paul Hrobat.

13th Prize valued at $500
Wotif - Voucher

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14th Prize valued at $160
Wave Reformer Pilates - 5 x group Pilates reformer classes

Located in the heart of Mona Vale, Wave Reformer Pilates can help you enhance every aspect of your body and mind. Through increased mobility, strength and alignments you'll build the very best version of you.

Buy your Raffle tickets HERE

Greater Vision for the Event

By creating a successful template, we hope to inspire other regions to establish their own clubs and host community competitions for Para Surfers. This initiative has the potential to connect Para Surfers in all areas and provide them with more opportunities for local competition and to create more communities where para surfers can get their hit of #oceantherapy.

Thank you to our major sponsor, Pittwater RSL, for coming on board to support our event. They are a great club that supports our local community in so many ways.

About us

Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders (NBPSB) is a not-for-profit organisation aimed at promoting and supporting para surfing activities.

Para surfing is a rapidly growing sport that provides individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to experience the thrill of riding a wave.

NBPSB is the first active para surfer boardriders club in Australia, and possibly in the world. In June 2023 NBPSB held our first official round in conjunction with Mona Vale Boardriders. NBPSB members include two current world champions and other members who compete internationally.

NBPSB's club founder Emma Dieters announced at the 2023 Australian Surfing Awards her intention to develop the Northern Beaches Para Surfer Boardriders so that surfing competition opportunities would be just as accessible to para surfers as it they are for able bodied surfers.

Em Dieters' journey to being on that stage and accepting the Female Para Surfer of the Year award was a whirlwind. Her first event was the Australian Championships and her 2nd ever event was the ISA World Para Surfing Championships.

The NBPSB club now provides a structured pathway for para surfers to move from grass roots competitive community surfing to International competition.

The Mona Vale Boardriders club has played a crucial role in the establishment of the NBPSB, providing steadfast support that has been indispensable in getting the organisation off to a strong start.

Find out more at: linktr.ee/nbparasurfer

Why does NBPSB and MVB need to raise funds?

NBPSC and MVB clubs both rely on membership fees, donations, sponsorships and grants to fund their operations. NBPSB needs funds to help towards set up costs, equipment and programs for the newly established para surfer club.

There is also a goal of purchasing a lockable trailer for the club to become more mobile and allow the para surfers to go from beach to beach, based on conditions. The trailer would  house all the equipment safely such as beach wheelchairs and beach access mats.

MVB are focusing on opportunities for future generations, with the start up of their Mona Vale Junior Development Program with Jasper Welsh. Surfing can aid the mental health of  tweens/teens and this program provides benefits for the soul and also teaches them responsibility and drive.

We are seeking ongoing collaboration with sponsors and donors to fund these fantastic initiatives, that are making a difference in the surfing community. We greatly appreciate any financial assistance, products, services, skills, or strategic partnerships that can help us in achieving our goals. Kindly complete this form to provide us with invaluable information about your support and partnership offerings.

Note: All funds raised from the raffle and sponsorship will be used as follows:

  • Small amount will go towards running of the event day.
  • Remaining funds will be split 50/50 between NBPSB and MVB to fund the important initiatives, as outlined in About Us