Australia’s Top Boardriders Battle the Bumps on Day 2 of Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge

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Australia’s Top Boardriders Battle the Bumps on Day 2 of Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge

Australia’s Top Boardriders Battle the Bumps on Day 2 of Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge

COOLANGATTA/QLD (23rd February, 2013): The world’s largest inter-club surfing teams event, the Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge, continued on the Gold Coast today with messy 3-4ft waves on offer at Duranbah.

In strong NW winds, Australia’s top boardriders battled it out in the remaining heats of Round 3, before completing Round 4 and starting Round 5 of the prestigious event.

Defending event champions D-Bah Boardriders are the frontrunners heading into the final day of competition, accumulating 21-points with six of their eight surfers having completed their heats. Le-Ba Boardriders is close behind on 20-points with Coolum Boardriders on 19-points, Snapper Surfriders with 18-points and Alley Boardriders on 17-points.  

In one of the heats of the day, D-Bah Boardriders surfer Nick Vasicek dispatched of Nathan Webster (North Narrabeen Boardriders), Josh Fuller (Cabarita Boardriders) and Matt Phillips (Maroubra Surfriders).

Vasicek, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Friday, backhand blasted his way to a heat-winning 13.50 two-wave total, easily defeating Webster (11.10), Fuller (10.54) and Phillips (7.40).

The powerful goofy foot is upbeat about his club’s chances heading into the final day of competition.

“We’re in about the same position as last year, so we have to win a few more heats to be in the mix,” said Vasicek.

Brent Dorrington continued the winning run for D-Bah, besting Blake Ainsworth (Snapper Surfriders), Corey Ziems (Kirra Surfriders) and Tom Donohue (Maroubra Surfriders).

Today’s other standout surfers included Dave Reardon-Smith (Coolum Boardriders), who notched a 11.66 two-wave total to beat Chris Bennetts (North End Boardriders), Trevor Gleave (Kingscliff Boardriders) and Lloyd Bowen (Werri Boardriders), as well as Reardon-Smith’s fellow team member Simon Knox, who accrued a  heat winning 14.77 total.  

First held in the 1960s as the Kirra Pro Am, the format was changed in 1985 to a team’s format to become Australia’s most prestigious boardriding title. The event was last held at Kirra in 1994.

The event scores can be followed live through www.compusurf.com.au.

Competition starts at 8am (Qld time) on all three days and will conclude at 4pm on Friday and Saturday and 2.30pm on Sunday.

Details on the venue confirmation can be directed to John Robin on 0402 816 514.

The Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge is proudly supported by Volcom, Gold Coast City Council, XXXX, Surfing Australia, the Hurley Surfing Australia High Performance Centre, Surfing Queensland, TV4Me, the Australian Government’s Illicit Drugs In Sport (IDIS) program, All State Partners, Rainbow Bay Surf Life Saving Club and Banana Wax.

The Volcom Kirra Teams Challenge supports Hannah’s Chance Foundation.

2012 TOP FIVE CLUBS: D-Bah, North End, Avoca, Cabarita, North Shelley

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2012 D-Bah Boardriders (Qld); 2011 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 2010 Werri Boardriders (NSW); 2009 North End Boardriders (Qld); 2008 Kirra Surfriders (Qld); 2007 Lennox-Ballina (NSW); 2006 Byron Bay (NSW); 2005 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 2004 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 2003 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 2002 Byron Bay (NSW); 2001 Angourie (NSW); 2000 Avoca (NSW); 1999 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 1998 Noosa (Qld); 1997 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 1996 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 1995 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 1994 Kirra Surfriders (Qld); 1993 Kirra Surfriders (Qld); 1992 Byron Bay (NSW); 1991 Alley Boardriders (Qld); 1990 Kirra Surfriders (Qld); 1989 Snapper Rocks (Qld); 1988 North Shore (Qld); 1987 Merewether (NSW); 1986 Merewether (NSW); 1985 Kirra Surfriders (Qld).

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