Bay Boardriders pull off massive upset beating powerhouse clubs to win
Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final
Byron Bay Boardriders have pulled off a massive upset beating powerhouse clubs to take out the Hyundai Australian Boardriders Battle Grand Final presented by Zambrero at Newcastle City Beach.
Byron Bay came out firing with an incredible manoeuvre from Dakoda Walters setting the club on a path to glory. The huge backside tailblow reverse on one of the biggest waves of the whole competition netted the highest score of the day (9.35).
Two massive backhand turns from Soli Bailey and a solid 8.30 score almost solidified Byron Bays win before Merewether Surfboard Club fought back. An impressive series of turns from Phillipa Anderson (8.88) took Merewether from fourth to first with just minutes to go.
Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club wasnt out of the picture either, thanks largely to an in-form Sierra Kerr who posted an 8.00 ride in the final, with three solid turns, perfectly linked.
As the tables kept on turning, Avoca Boardriders Clubs Lennox Chell posted a 7.50 single-wave score and Caleb Tancred a 7.80. But the day belonged to Byron Bay Boardriders, winning by a nail-biting margin of just 0.62.
Byron Bay Boardriders open surfer, Soli Bailey told Surfing Australia: The team is so stoked. Weve been here so many times and just really havent performed anywhere near where we should be as a team and as a community from Byron. To actually come down here and do this is epic. Weve all definitely wanted it and dreamed about it for a long time.
Former World No.2 and Byron Bay Boardriders master surfer, Danny Wills said: It all came together at the right time. Im just so proud of them. Its always so hard to come up against these clubs, the best clubs in Australia. We are a very small, little town.
We put our best two surfers in early because we knew they were going to get scores, but gave them time and those guys were just exceptional. So we had such a strong lead and then we just fell away a little bit, which was unfortunate. I just had to give Dakoda a chance. I knew that if I gave him five minutes he could come home with the goods and he did. We all played our part and we cant be any prouder than that. I believe were the first team to ever come from round one and take it out. Its huge. Massive.