West Coast Boardriders Clash
Boardriders clubs have always been an Australian pastime. A tradition since the 1960’s, these clubs bring surfers together from the same town, and focus on the camaraderie involved with surfing against one another. These boardriders clubs have played a huge factor in strengthening surfing in Australia, and it was about time that the US caught on.
What was almost half a year in planning came to fruition this past weekend. The West Coast Boardriders Association hosted its first Boardriders Clash between the cities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach on the south side of the Huntington pier. A tag team event, the beach was packed from 8am until the final horn blew, and you better believe that major city bragging rights were on the line.
With 3-4 foot waves on offer and a hungry crew of competitors, every division was looking to have their hometown reign supreme. The Newport Boardriders Coalition jumped out to an early lead with solid surfing from Dave Giddings and head coach Dave Post. While each team has its fair share of surf talent, Newport never looked back and took out the first West Coast Boardriders Clash with HB coming in second, Seal coming in third and Laguna Beach fourth.
At the end of the day it wasn’t really all about who won… Ok, maybe it was. But what really mattered was that everyone shook hands, showed respect and had a great deal of fun in the process. Later that evening boardriders gathered at Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa for some tasty grinds, cold drinks and the awards ceremony.
Surfing is alive and well in the United States, and with the introduction of more and more boardriding clubs all up and down both coasts, it should continue to thrive!