Surfers Make Light Work of Heavy Conditions At Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Newcastle Grand Final

Published on 05/02/2022

NEWCASTLE/NSW( Saturday, 5th February/2022): Despite a day of challenging surf and windy conditions, The Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final got off to flying start at Newcastle with the Open Men, Open Women, Masters and Juniors all surfing their individual heats.

Surfing for her beloved Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club, Kobie Enright found a diamond in the rough in her Open Women’s heat as she mustered up a handful of beautiful forehand carve to post a solid 8.13 wave score. Enright looked majestic as she swooped through an array of difficult waves to find the clean sections that allowed her to nail the aforementioned turns.

“That was so difficult out there. It was definitely the most exercise I have done this year I reckon,” said Enright. “Most heats prior to me had pretty low scores so I was just aiming to do one or two turns on a wave then you could potentially get a good score. I got lucky and got one really good section and the judges seemed to like it.”

Sophie McCulloch followed suit a few heats later as she posted a massive 8.38 wave score for her local North Shore Boardriders Club.

 Hughie Vaughan put on a clinic in the junior men’s division as he surfed an impeccable heat for his local North Shelly Boardriders Club. Vaughan’s patient approach to wait out the back for a sizeable wave paid dividends as he caught a massive set that allowed for a chain of powerful snaps and carves. Vaughan was awarded with an 8.75, the highest wave score of the day.

“The waves seemed to be really fun in that heat,” said Vaughan. “I thought there was potential for a big score if you could catch a set out the back and then get it to run the whole way through. Thankfully, I found one and it offered a series of sections to do turns.”

Image: Hughie Vaughan runs the North Shelly tunnel

Credit: Ethan Smith/Surfing Australia 

2022 Hyundai Grand Final Leaderboard (End of Day 1):

  1. Nth Narrabeen BRC
  2. Coffs Harbour BRC
  3. Nth Shelley BRC
  4. North Avalon Surfing Association (NASA)
  5. Redhead BRC
  6. Snapper SRC
  7. Phillip Island BRC
  8. North Shore BRC
  9. Le-Ba BRC
  10. Torquay BRC
  11. Maroubra United BRC
  12. Merewether SBC
  13. Avoca BRC
  14. Long Reef SRA
  15. North Steyne BRC
  16. Kingscliff BRC
  17. Cronulla Sharks BRC
  18. Scarborough BRC
  19. Burleigh Heads BRC
  20. Point Lookout BRC
  21. Kawana BRC
  22. Seaford BRC
  23. Jones Beach BRC
  24. South Arm BRC

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

The 2021/22 Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final is proudly supported by Hyundai, Zambrero, 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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