FISHBOWL Surftag Australian Championships Return To Queenscliff
Snapper Rocks Surfriders Heading South To Defend Title
The FISHBOWL Surftag Australian Championships will return to Queenscliff Beach, Sydney on Friday and Saturday with the famous strip of beach hosting the first Surftag Championships back in 2001. Twenty Men’s and eight Women’s teams will contest this year’s Australian Championships with Queensland’s Snapper Rocks Surfriders heading south to defend the Men’s Title.
Snapper Rocks will face tough competion from last year’s runners-up Elouera Boardriders along with current NSW Champions Maroubra United and 7 x Australian Champions North Narrabeen. Jordy Lawler and Cooper Chapman will lead the charge for North Narrabeen with Shane Campbell and Jared Hickel travelling over the bridge for Elouera.
Snapper’s five man team will include plenty of experience with Surftag veteran’s Jay Phillips and Shaun Gossman teaming up with young guns Reef Doig and Jackson Coffee. Snappers fifth surfer is still to be confirmed with the powerhouse club having plenty of talent to choose from.
In the Women’s Division 4 x Australian Champions D’Bah Boardriders have been forced to withdraw from the event due to Amiya Doyle and Audrey Styman-Lane having overseas commitments. With D’Bah out, the opportunity to win an Australian Title has become a little easier for the eight teams competing with North Narrabeen going into the event as No.1 seeds after winning the NSW Championships earlier in the year at Wollongong. North Narrabeen will face arch rivals Queenscliff, North Shelly, Scarborough, Sandon Point, Cronulla, Werri Beach and Cabarita.
FISHBOWL Surftag Contest Director Steve Harrison said the event is wide open in both divisions, “It will be good to see Snapper Rocks competing at Queenscliff again where they won their first Surftag Australian Title way back in 2002”, Harrison said. “Both Divisions are wide open with club depth really being tested with a lot of surfers this time of year travelling overseas which gives the next generation of surfers the opportunity to step up and represent their Boardriding Club at an Australian Championships. Anything can happen in tag team surfing so it will be interesting to see who is holding up the big trophy at the end of the day”.
The twenty teams competing in the Men’s Division include Ulladulla, Werri Beach, Scarborough, Sandon Point, Cronulla, Elouera, Queenscliff, Curl Curl, North Narrabeen, North Avalon, Avoca, North Shelly, Merewether, Snapper Rocks, Kirra, Maroubra, Seaford (SA) and Association of Veteran Surfers.
The 2019 FISHBOWL Surftag Australian Series is a proud supporter of Lifeline. Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
The 2019 FISHBOWL Surftag Australian Series is proudly supported by Surfside Motorcycle Garage, Royal Enfield, Hotel Steyne & Swellnet.
2019 FISHBOWL Surftag Australian Series
NSW Qualifier – 9 & 10 March – Wollongong (Woonona – Stanwell Park)
QLD Qualifier – 14 April – Duranbah Beach, Tweed Heads
Australian Championships – 10 & 11 May – Queenscliff Beach, Sydney.
(WA, SA & VIC Boardriding Clubs invited to compete)
Jay Phillips – Snapper Rocks Surfriders. Credit – Adrenaline Shots
Cooper chapman – North Narrabeen Boardriders. Credit – Bernadette McAlinden
For further information please contact,
Steve Harrison – Global Surftag
Phone: 0403 180 787