New expanded format for Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final

Published on 22/11/2023

Due to huge demand across all eight Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle (ABB) regional qualifiers, with 79 clubs competing across the nation, Surfing Australia is excited to announce an expansion to the Grand Final format. There are now 10 extra wildcards up for grabs, taking the total number of boardrider clubs set to compete to 42 (up from 32).

Surfing Australia CEO, Chris Mater said it’ll be the biggest field in the event’s 11-year history.

“We’ve seen more entries than ever before in the Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle qualifying series. As a result, we decided to expand the Grand Final format, allowing more clubs to compete, further cementing our status as the world’s biggest grassroots boardriders event.

“There has always been a long list of amazing surfers competing in the final and this year we’re expecting even more stars to turn out. So, if you’re a boardrider club, get your wildcard application in now and you could be heading to the iconic Burleigh Heads in Queensland to take on the country’s best at the Grand Final.”

Wildcard applications will now close a week later on Sunday, 3rd of December, with announcements to be made on Thursday, 7th of December.

About the Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle:
The Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle is Australia’s biggest grassroots boardriders event and involves more than 70 of Australia’s best clubs.

Taking place across eight state qualifying rounds, clubs will come together at the Grand Final to battle it out to become Series 11 champions with more than $115,000 in total prize money up for grabs throughout the series.

The Grand Final will be held for the next three years at Burleigh Heads in Queensland and will be live-streamed on the mySURFtv YouTube channel and Kayo Sports.

Tourism Events Queensland and Major Events Gold Coast will host the Grand Final of the series on March 9-10, 2024.

The series has always held prestige among the surfing community, with the likes of Joel Parkinson, Danny Wills, Jay Thompson, Josh Kerr, Ace Buchan, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler and Owen Wright and Sophie McCulloch having competed in previous years.

Since the inception of the Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle in 2013, Surfing Australia has injected more than $1.2 million into the boardrider club network.

2023/24 Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle series:
EVENT 1 – TRIGG, WA – SEPT 10, 2023
EVENT 2 – PHILLIP ISLAND, VIC – SEPT 24, 2023
EVENT 3 – FLEURIEU PENINSULA, SA – OCT 1, 2023
EVENT 4 – NSW NTH – COFFS HARBOUR, NSW – OCT 15, 2023
EVENT 5 – CLIFTON BEACH, TAS – OCT 22, 2023
EVENT 6 – SUNSHINE COAST, QLD – OCT 29, 2023
EVENT 7 – NSW CENTRAL – NORTH NARRABEEN, NSW – NOV 11, 2023
EVENT 8 – NSW SOUTH – KIAMA, NSW – NOV 18, 2023
GRAND FINAL* – BURLEIGH HEADS, QLD – MAR 9-10, 2024
*entry by qualification

The 2023/24 series is proudly sponsored by Hyundai, Le Tan, ACCIONA, Jim Beam, BC™ Bars and Oakley.

The Australian Boardriders Battle is supported by Major Events Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland, and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

About Australian boardrider clubs:
There are more than 250 boardrider clubs across the country, where members gather regularly, often on a monthly basis, to organise grassroots competitions at world-class waves such as Burleigh Heads. The boardrider club phenomenon in Australia has made a significant contribution to the nation’s competitive success on the global stage, fostering close-knit communities that support young surfers on their journeys to becoming the next world champions.

Event website HERE.

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