Burleigh Boardriders once again will be bringing back the laidback times of the 1970s, with the 17th annual Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival from January 9 to 11. This year will be a special year for the Single Fin Classic, as it is also Burleigh Boardriders 50th year as a boardriders club, their first event held in 1965, the Single Fin Classic a bit like Burleigh Boardriders fun little grommet!
Friday will see the Charity Luncheon at Burleigh Bears Leagues Club, with the Saturday and Sunday action turns to Burleigh Point for the Single Fin Classic. The annual Charity Luncheon will be hosted by funny-man and former jockey Allan ‘Robbo’ Robinson, with special guest speakers. The first is Bill Bohlman, Gold Coast legend, and the man who ran the Gold Coast’s biggest surfing events of the 1970’s, The Stubbies Classic. Other speakers will include former Australian, Queensland, and Broncos captain, Darryn Lockyer, and Manly legend Steve “The Beaver” Menzies. Other speakers are yet to be confirmed, but WCT surfers, current and former World Champions are on the guest list. With the guest speakers, huge sporting memorabilia auction, and tickets $120, including meal and refreshments, there are only limited seats available.
The Single Fin Classic (January 10 & 11 – 2015) is a unique surfing contest, where all surfers compete on single fin surfboards made before 1985, which means that every board that is surfed in the event is an antique, and a unique part of surfing history.
It is like a surfing museum over the contest, with all the boards there for one and all to see, and thousands gather on Burleigh Point to watch the event. The event has a special spirit to it as well, six man heats, and a really cool attitude from all the competitors in the water, where hassling is at a minimum, and cheering on your fellow competitor as they surf a wave is mandatory.
Surfers who have competed in this event is like a who’s who of surfing; Gary Elkerton, Rabbit Bartholomew, Mick Fanning, Luke Egan, Mark Occhilupo, Cheyne Horan, Matt Hoy, Jack Freestone, just to name a few. With Billabong one of the major sponsors, usually up to half a dozen of their team surf in the event, so you can expect to see some of the old legends and top up and comers competing in the event.
The 2013 Champion, Dave Rastovich, embodies the spirit of the single fin: cool, relaxed, and surfing with that bit of style and class. Dave grew up surfing at Burleigh Point before embarking on his journey of being a soul surfer, and championing many other environmental causes. ‘It’s such a wonderful thing to be able to come down and pull out these old relics and have a lot of fun on the point,’ says Dave.
There also is an under-18 division, and the young grommets really impress on-lookers with their style and poise on boards more twice their age.
The whole thing is about surfing for surfing’s sake, remembering lost friends, and for the Burleigh Boardriders it is their major fundraiser for the year. The Single Fin Classic is the first event of 2015, and Burleigh Point will once again be crowded with people from the Gold Coast and beyond to check out classic surfing on classic surfboards.
The level of surfing at the event is incredible. Not only will there be pros and semi-pros competing, they will have to deal with a field of local Burleigh rippers, and red-hot surfers from the Gold Coast and beyond. It is a prestigious title to win; you only win a single fin surfboard, and the glory – it is all about the glory, the title and the fun. Last years champion Tim Hyland won the event for the second time in 2014 taking down former WCT surfers Jay “Bottle” Thompson and Nathan Hedge on the way. Tim is no stranger to single fin glory winning it last as a 17 year old grommet, the local Burleigh Boardrider a favourite with the crowd, and on his backhand showed all and sundry how it was done.
The members of Burleigh Boardriders know how important the event is to the club for many reasons, none more so than current Burleigh Boardriders Club president James Lewis.
‘The Burleigh Single Fin Classic is an event that gives the young and old members of the club an opportunity to relive a piece of surfing history,’ says Lewis. ‘The point at Burleigh was the pinnacle for professional surfing in Queensland throughout the single fin era of the 70s and early 80s. This event gives both the locals (and quite a few professional surfers) a chance to ride Burleigh as the legends of our sport did all those years ago.
‘The format promotes the sharing of waves and boards, leading to a relaxed, carefree vibe not usually felt at competitive surf contests.
‘The great times that people experience here can be seen in the steady growth of the event with crowds matching that of any world qualifying series event, with every person on the beach not wanting to miss a moment of the action in the water. Going from strength to strength it is a weekend not to be missed down at the point. No matter what the conditions everyone has a great weekend.’
With money raised from the event, Burleigh Boardriders donate some to local charities, and the balance goes back into Burleigh Boardriders Junior Development program.
So come and check out the 2014 Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic. Sit on the natural amphitheatre that is Burleigh Point, or Jelergull as the ancients from the Koomberri tribe named it from there dreaming stories. Just the vibe, the feeling, and the excellent level of surfing is worth pulling up a piece of grass or rock on the headland and just soaking it all in.
Entry to the contest (January 10 & 11) is open to all surfers, $70 for opens and $20 for juniors, enter via www.surfingqueensland.com and go to the events page. There are limited numbers and the field always fills early. Tickets to the luncheon are $120 and available from Burleigh Bears League Club from next week.
For further information
Media – Terry “Tappa” Teece
President Burleigh Heads Boardriders Club
Calling all Burleigh Boardriders. This Friday morning, 25/04/2014 all Burleigh Heads Boardriders are request to come down and show their respect for our fallen diggers as the club presents a wreath on behalf of our members at the 2014 Dawn Service.
All members are to meet in full club uniform at the Clubhouse at 4am so we can walk down to the service, and present the wreath on the behalf of the club in respect of the fallen soldiers. After the service we will all go for a surf followed by a BBQ and social gathering.
The service starts at 4.28am…. Why 4.28am you ask?
Well 4.28am was the time when the first diggers landed on the beach at Gallipoli, and all those young lives were taken. They were representing Australia, and giving their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today. Many young lives taken in their prime, some were 18 and above, but many lied about their age. Some young as, or younger than 16 years. So groms, put yourself in that position. Grommets, ladies and gentlemen – think how that would be for you.
So once again, can all members meet at the Burleigh Boardriders Clubhouse at 4.00am in full club uniform, so we can one and all show respect for the diggers, and show, we as Burleigh Boardriders are well and truly part of our local community.
Lest We Forget
Get in quick to secure your spot at the Burleigh Boardriders Junior Camp once again at Teallebudgera Rec Centre: May 17-18th.
Please put your name down at training on Tuesday owith Dvex or speak to Andrea.
1st in – best dressed!! – yewww!!
And please be sure to come and support the team in the National Final of The Jim Beam surftag at Duranbah this Friday and Saturday, it’s our first time qualifying for the event and we are looking for a big result – see you all there!!
!!!!ATTENTION – ALL BURLEIGH BOARDRIDERS MEMBERS!!!!
We have a 25 seater bus leaving the clubhouse at Burleigh each morning at 7am to support our team at the 2014 Kirra Teams Challenge this weekend.
All memebers will be enjoying BBQ breakfast and lunch as well as soft drinks and corona’s (donated by our friends from South End Boardriders).
We are fielding our strongest team in a very long time and are a great shot to win the event, your support is what we need to push the boys that extra place!
with Plenty of places to surf down there, bring your boards and spend some quality time supporting the greatest club in Australia!!
Can’t wait to see everyone there – yeww!!
All Members!! Club sign on day this Sunday from 8-10am,
due to numbers we will be only accepting existing members into the club this year.
Please come down to the point (clubhouse) this Sunday to receive your special ONLINE CODE, so you can complete your online membership through the Surfing Queensland website.
Any members with a computer or smartphone that can help with sign on, please come down and lend a hand for a couple of hours so we can get through the process quickly.
|Monday, 24 February 2014||Annual General Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm|
|Sunday, 2 March 2014||Club Sign-on day||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||7am-10am||meet @ point for special code for online sign-on. Please note – no new members this year.|
|Wednesday, 5 March 2014||March Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 9 March 2014||March Club Comp||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|14/03/2014 - 16/03/2014||Kirra Teams Challenge||Duranbah Beach||8am start|
|27/03/2014 – 30/03/2014||Jim Beam surf Tag||Duranbah Beach||8am start|
|2/04/2014||April Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 6 April 2014||April Club Comp||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|5/05/2014||May Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 18 May 2014||May Club Comp||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|Saturday, 24 May 2014||Chiko Burleigh Classic||Burleigh Point||8am start|
|Wednesday, 4 June 2014||June Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 8 June 2014||June Club Comp||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|Wednesday, 2 July 2014||July Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 6 July 2014||July Club Comp||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|Wednesday, 6 August 2014||August Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 10 August 2014||August Club Comp||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|Wednesday, 3 September 2014||September Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 7 September 2014||September Club Comp||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|Wednesday, 1 October 2014||October Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 5 October 2014||October Club Comp||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|Wednesday, 5 November 2014||November Committee Meeting||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||5:30pm||*may be subject to change|
|Sunday, 9 November 2014||Mick Murphy Teams Challenge||Burleigh Point Clubhouse||meet 6:30 am – 7am start|
|Saturday, 29 November 2014||Club Presentation night||Nth Burleigh SLSC|
Burleigh boy Tim Hyland etched his name into history when he won the 2014 Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic, the second time for Tim, after winning it as a 17 year old in 2008.
Once again the Burleigh Boardriders put on arguably the best surfing event of the year, the Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic, this year in honour of surfing and shaping legend Allan Byrne. AB did not let the lads down either, with the longest northerly flat spell broken that weekend with the best waves Burleigh has seen for months, and there was many of AB’s old single fins surfing in the event as well.
There was a roll call of some great surfers, Mark Occhilupo, Dave Rastovich, Noa Deane, Matt Hoy, Beau Emerton, Nathan Hedge, and many others, plus a strong field of Burleigh locals including Burleigh’s own Jay “Bottle” Thompson. Classic single fin surfboards, amazing surfing, and most of all a fun weekend watched by thousand on the natural amphitheatre of Burleigh Point.
The surf was pumping for start of competition both mornings of the event, with some sweet Burleigh barrels, and competition between surfers was in a spirit like that unseen in any other event. The sponsors product was consumed by the spectators with Breaka Milk for the kiddies and cold Caronas for the the adults, and it was really a festive atmosphere which one and all enjoyed.
The Junior Final was hotly contested, and the kids some as young as 14, ripped into the point on boards more than twice their age, with Sheldon Simkus winning from Snapper clubmate Quinn Bruce. The kids ripped in and the groms were once again a favourite of the spectators on the point.
After three days of fun and games, and excellent surfing the final did not disappoint. There were three local lads, the crowd favourite, Jye “Kelly Slater” Brazenas, Tim Hyland, and Jay “Bottle” Thompson. Two Main Beach lads, Chris Bennetts, and Damien Healy, with former world number2 , Nathan Hedge rounding off a great field for the three thousand spectators to watch.
There was a touching moment before the final, when the Byrne family spread the last of the great Allan Byrne’s ashes off Burleigh Point before the final, Burleigh being one of AB’s favourite breaks, and all the crowd was silent and lined the point in respect of a great man. It was such a fitting tribute before an exciting final.
When the final got underway, it was a slow start but then things started heating up, with local favourites Jye Brazenas and Tim Hyland, and North End lads Chris Bennetts and Damien Healy all having a good wave each, with the more experienced former WCT surfers Jay Bottle Thompson and Nathan Hedge in selective mode. Waves were hard to find, when Tim Hyland got a second good wave, and as time ticked away, it was the last wave from each surfer that would decide the final. Chris Bennetts grabbed a good one, and was looking the goods, but as he finished his wave Tim Hyland grabbed a long one banging off a series of backhand re-entries which sealed the deal, and gave him his second Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic title.
Tim was absolutely wrapped as he was presented the AB Channel Bottom single fin from Allan’s brother Ian Byrne, who won the first single fin classic, and the rest of the finalists covered him in Carona. Tim was wrapped, “This is the hardest event to win, and to win today against these guys is like a dream come true”. It is hard to say who was happier, Tim or his Dad, Pete, and the Burleigh boys were wrapped to keep the title at home.
The day finished with the thousands of spectators rocking out to local bands “Tokyo Beef” and “The Gonzo Show”, topping off a huge weekend. The people of Burleigh Heads love this event, and the Burleigh Boardriders are not about to change it or give it away. One of the great things was all the spectators helped out to keep the point clean and free of litter, with little carnage, except for full bins on display next morning.
1st Tim Hyland
2nd Chris Bennetts
3rd Jye Brazenas
4th Damien Healy
5th Nathan hedge
6th Jay Thompson
1st Sheldon Simkus
2nd Quinn Bruce
3rd Joseph Brooker
4th Toby Mossop
5th Liam O’Brien
6th Blain Robinson
Best Tube Steve Powell
Highest Scoring Wave Ryan Grey (10 points)
Those that came will never forget how waves suddenly appeared. There is footage all over the web – and the drone footage made the TV news. And we helped a local group with many $$$ fundraising.
Here is their thanks………
Hi Ed and Andrea
On behalf of Burleigh Scouts I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to cater for your event again. It was yet another successful fundraiser for us.
Your continued support of our group is very much appreciated.
Chairman Burleigh Heads Scouts
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