Skip the Light Fandango: Fins from the revolution at the 2017 Burleigh Single-Fin Classic presented by Billabong. ©Simon Williams / swilly.com.au
5 December 17
A nostalgic journey and an ongoing part of Gold Coast culture for the last 21 years, the first and most loved surfing event of the season, the Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival presented by Billabong, is once again taking over the beautiful Burleigh Headland the first weekend of January.
Getting bigger and better as the years go by, surfers participate in the event riding pre-1985 single-fin boards, with some of the World’s best surfers turning up to compete. 2017 winner and 2012 world champion Joel Parkinson is set to surf and defend his title.
The event starts on Friday 5th January at Club Burleigh, with the Annual Charity Luncheon, hosted by former jockey and Footy Show star, Alan “Robbo” Robinson and Surfing World Editor Vaughan Blakey.
This year's guest speakers include:
- Taj Burrow & Joel Parkinson (World Tour Surfers)
- Rod 'Kerbox' Kerr (Bondi Rescue) and Simon Law (Former Pro Surfer)
- Troy Bayliss (Moto GP rider)
- Ben Hannant (Fomer Broncos, Titans, Qld and Australian Rugby League player)
It is always a great laugh and a good time, and for the first time will be held at the new home of Burleigh Boardriders, Club Burleigh, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads.
Tickets have just been released and are $120/person or $1100/ table of 10 with proceeds from the event and charity auction going to Burleigh Boardriders Junior Development Program as well as local charities.
The Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of January, with a field of red hot locals taking on current and former tour surfers on antique single fin surfboards, for not cash, but the glory of winning the event, and the prized hand shaped Ian Byrne single fin board. The event is unique in that it is a chance for current WCT surfers to compete against ex-champions, hot young WQS surfers, local legends as well as famed professional free-surfers.
Surfers already listed to complete include last year’s champion Joel Parkinson, plus recently retired World Tour Pro Taj Burrow, and a list of former World Tour Surfers including Matt Hoy, Simon Law, Rod Kerr, Cheyne Horan, plus Burleigh Boardriders and former winners Jay “Bottle” Thompson, Thomas Woods, and Tim Hyland. Billabong’s team of free surfers will also be strutting their stuff ensuring some world class surfing.
There will also be a ladies invitational event featuring local girls and Billabong team surfers such as big wave charger and Burleigh member Felicity Palmenteer all fighting for a new specially made KAOS Single Fin.
One of the most hotly contested divisions will be the Juniors, and it is pretty awesome to watch kids surfing on boards that are in some cases older than their mum and dad. It has a field of only 24 and is the first filled, they too will be contesting for a specially designed AK single Fin.
It is a limited field and entries are on a first in first served basis. The chance to surf Burleigh Point with Parko, Taj and only few out, is worth the entry fee alone, even more so if the World Class sand-bottom point turns on.
Entries are now open, and are available at the Surfing Queensland website
Also Burleigh Boardriders and Billabong will have The Hanlon Brothers playing on Burleigh Point on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 6pm, with other entertainment both days at Club Burleigh.
A courtesy bus will be provided by Billabong, leaving every hour from their factory on West Burleigh Road throughout the weekend, take advantage of the free parking at the old Bunnings site and enjoy the festivities or stay on for a meal and refreshing beverages at Club Burleigh!
A media opportunity will be held on Thursday 5th January at Burleigh Point 10.30am, for further details see the contacts below.
- Media: Terry “Tappa” Teece - firstname.lastname@example.org - 0419681804
- Charity Luncheon and ticket info: Ed Lindores - 0413 757 551