A Summer Of Surfing Begins With The Jim Beam Surftag Boardriders Series 2012/13

14 Nov 2012 0 Share

Current Australian Amateur Champion and Central Coast builder, Russell Molony in action

Current Australian Amateur Champion and Central Coast builder, Russell Molony in action

Surfers drop their tools for the Jim Beam Surftag Trade Off, Saturday 17th November, Curl Curl Beach, NSW

From builders and teachers to personal trainers and fashion designers, surfers from 16 different trades and industries are set to compete in the annual Jim Beam Surftag Trade Off as the Surftag Series returns for the 2012/13 summer.

Proving that surfers do more for a living than just hitting the waves, teams are made up of four full-time workers in the same type of occupation who will battle it out for the coveted title at Curl Curl Beach.

A group of labourers have had bragging rights for the past 12 months after winning the 2011 title but current Australian Surfing Amateur Champion and Central Coast builder, Russell Molony says competition is going to be fierce.

“Everyone wants to win this event, so it’s going to be dog-eat-dog out in the water. There’s just so much riding on it,” Molony says.

“All the tradies are going to be the toughest teams because whenever the surf is good, they all seem to drop the tools to get out there – I know we always do.”

“That’s why I became a builder and now, our apprentice says he’s got the best boss in the world. It just shows these kind of events are awesome for everyone.”

The Jim Beam Surftag Series involves teams of four surfers who compete in a relay-style format. Each surfer must catch three waves and then return to the beach to ‘tag’ their teammate. But any winning team knows the key to trumping their opposition is to solidify on the second wave that scores double points, known as the ‘power wave’. Securing a high score on a power wave has seen teams jump from last position into first, meaning no heat is ever over until the final hooter.

That’s pretty much what it’s up to – that power wave,” says Molony, an ex-elite competitor on the World Qualify Series.

“Even if you take a bit more time to get that wave, it’s the most important part of the heat because if you nail that power wave, that’ll be the clincher for you.”

Bonus points are awarded to teams who finish within the time frame and the top two highest scoring teams progress to the next round.

The event kicks off on Saturday 17th November from 9:00am with competition continuing all day. The Jim Beam Surftag Australian Series will officially be launched at the Charlie Bar in Manly from 6.00pm. The 250 guests will don their loudest and brightest shirts for the Hawaiian-themed party with the Jim Beam Party Crew greeting all guests with Hawaiian Leis on arrival.

Surf industry companies will be taking part in the hotly contested Jim Beam Surftag Industry Challenge. Held on Friday 16th November, world-famous surfers Tom Carroll (Quiksilver) and Barton Lynch (Hurley), along with a number of other ex-professionals will go head-to-head for their brands. The Industry Challenge follows the Jim Beam Surftag format and has attracted teams from Quiksilver, Hurley, FCS, Tracks, Coastalwatch and many more.

The Jim Beam Surftag Australian Series is contested by boardriding clubs across the country and is considered the biggest event on every club’s calendar with a prize pool of $100,000.

Sanuk, Perfect Wave Travel, Tracks and Coastalwatch proudly support the Jim Beam Surftag Australian Series.

Jim Beam Surftag Trade Off
Date: Saturday 17th November 2012
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Curl Curl Beach, NSW

Jim Beam Surftag Industry Challenge
Date: Friday 16th November 2012
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Curl Curl Beach, NSW

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