North Shelly Win Maiden Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final In Newcastle
Published on 06/02/2022

NEWCASTLE/NSW( Sunday, 6th February/2022): There were scenes of joy on Newcastle Main beach 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. Shelly Power Surfer Joel 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. 

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. 

“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. “

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Layne Beachley Award: Kobie 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

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 — COMPLETED

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

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