Media Releases 2017

Posted on 26/04/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Team Spirit Alive for National Surfing Reserve’s Challenge

A record number of surfers are expected for the fourth annual Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Teams Challenge at Cape Woolamai this Saturday 29 April.

The event is a favourite on the surf calendar and will follow the same tag team format as previous years ensuring a fun-filled day for spectators and surfers. “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’s Community Working Group.

“The competition’s unique team format spans all ages and surfing styles to ensure everyone can have a go in a fun and supportive event with great prizes on offer.”

The 2017 competition categories are: super grommet (under 14), junior (21 and under), open man, open woman, knee boarder, 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.

Surfers on the day will represent all ages, styles and abilities in a full day of thrills and spills in the waves. Surfing stars on show will include current State Champion Sophie Fletcher, Taj Sleeman, Sandy Ryan and Surfing Reserve ambassadors Glyndyn Ringrose and perhaps even Nikki Van Dijk if her schedule allows.

Once again experienced judges Pal Cininas, Gregg Bill and Contest Director Craig Clarke will be watching every move carefully as they compile the highly anticipated scores. Each year, they are impressed with the overall standard of surfing across the field.

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 massages and kids’ activities through the day. You don’t have to be in the water to be part of the fun.”

Along with $2000 first prize, teams have the added incentive of competing for the Dave Fincher Memorial Trophy in honour of one of Phillip Island’s surfing legends. There is also the Island Incentive where the best, unsponsored surfer wins a custom board generously donated by Island Surfboards. Funds raised will be donated to the Surf For Life charity that enables underprivileged kids from all around Australia to experience the joy of surfing for the very first time.

Cape Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club will open the bar from 5pm with drinks and snacks for hungry surfers and supporters as they wait for the all important presentation ceremony. 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!

Watch for live updates through the day on our Facebook page: ‘Phillip Island NSR’ or call Geoff Owens, Event Organiser, on 0418 521 425

EVENT SUMMARY
Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Surfing Teams Challenge is an all day tag-team surfing event.

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 2017 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.

When: Saturday 29 April 2017 7.30am – 9pm

Where: Cape Woolamai Surf Life Saving Club beach (main car park)
NOTE: Location may alter due to surf conditions, check Facebook or contacts.

Who: Up to fifteen teams of nine surfers featuring all ages, styles and abilities. Phillip Island and Bass Coast’s finest old, new and upcoming surf talent on show including current State Champion Sophie Fletcher, Taj Sleeman, Sandy Ryan and Surfing Reserve ambassadors Glyndyn Ringrose and perhaps even Nikki Van Dijk if her schedule allows.

Event Schedule:
7.30am Registration commences
7.45am Welcome to Country ceremony by Steve Parker
8am Surfing commences.
5pm Surfing concludes. Bar opens at Woolamai Lifesaving Clubhouse.
7pm: Presentation ceremony

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Media contacts:
Photos available upon request.
Sally O’Neill 0408 101 976 sally.oneill@bigpond.com
Eleanor McKay - 0422 313 847 e_mckay@icloud.com

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