Media Releases 2016

Posted on 22/04/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Celebrate Surfing at the Annual Teams Challenge 

Gather your team and register now for the third annual Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Surfing Teams Challenge to be held on Saturday 30 April. 

Back due to popular demand, the event will follow the same tag team format as previous years ensuring a fun-filled day for spectators and surfers of all ages, styles and abilities. 

“The event is a way to bring the community together to celebrate the reserve and to enjoy surfing the quality waves on offer,” says Geoff Owens, member of the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve community working group. 

“The competition’s unique format ensures that everyone can have a go in a fun and supportive event with great prizes on offer.” 

The 2016 competition categories are: super grommet (under 14), junior (21 and under), open man, open woman, kneeboarder, single fin rider, Malibu rider, over 50 short board rider and Twin Fin (pre-1985) surfer. 

There are also bonus points for family members within a team and an equalisation rule applies. 

The challenge is scheduled to be held at Cape Woolamai, but may move to another location within the Surfing Reserve due to weather and surf conditions. Any change to the location will be published on the National Surfing Reserve facebook page on the day. 

Friends and family are encouraged to come along to the beach to cheer on the teams. “This celebration of Phillip Island’s surf culture is a fantastic family day,” says Geoff.  

“We will have a barbeque happening and there’ll be the 2016 limited edition Surfing Teams Challenge T-shirt on sale. You don’t have to be in the water to be part of the fun.” 

Dave Fincher Memorial trophy

Along with $2000 first prize, the teams have the added incentive of competing for the ‘Dave Fincher Memorial Trophy’ in honour of one of the Island’s surfing legends. The trophy was won by the Island Surfboards team in 2015 who are sure to fight hard to hold onto it in 2016. 

The winning teams will be announced at the presentation celebration to be held at the Cape Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club from 6pm. A wide range of individual prizes will also be presented. 

With $2000 for first prize, $1000 for second place and $500 for third as well as other great giveaways, the event is set to be a winner for participants and spectators. 

May the best team win! 

Pick up an entry form from surf stores around Phillip Island and San Remo or download a registration form online at or from our Facebook page: ‘Phillip Island NSR’ or call Geoff Owens, Event Organiser, on 0418 521 425. 


Media contact: Sally O’Neill  0408 101 976

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