A stacked Snapper Rocks team that included world surfing champions Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore has won the national boardriders’ event.
Former world surfing champions Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore have helped Queensland’s all-star Snapper Rocks team claim bragging rights as inaugural winners of the Australian Boardriders Battle national final.
Parkinson, Gilmore, world tour surfer Mitch Crews, former pro tour surfer Jay Phillips, leading pro junior Mitch Parkinson and top juniors Holly-Sue Coffey and Quinn Bruce triumphed over the 15 other teams after two days of competition at Sydney’s Cronulla Beach.
They won with 3780 points from Elouera (3250) and Merewether (3020).
“This was such an amazing event and experience for everyone,” Parkinson said.
“It’s great that boardriding gets this sort of exposure and an event as big as this. I hope this is going to be a regular event.”
Snapper Rocks pocketed $20,000 for the win plus another $2000 courtesy of two wins in the skins heats by Parkinson.
The final of the nationwide competition followed seven state qualifying rounds.
Each team of seven included two juniors (one male and one female), four open age surfers (three male and one female) and one over-35 surfer.
Elouera’s Connor O’Leary won the Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew Medal for best male surfer of the event.
Gilmore won the Layne Beachley Medal for best female surfer.