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Parko in the Burleigh Single Fin 2017.
10 December 18
The Burleigh Heads Boardriders Club 22nd annual Single Fin Festival presented by Billabong and Vonu celebrates the surfing, surfboards and the times of the single fin surfboard era. This unique event sees surfers competing on single fin surfboards, made pre-1985. Surfers who have competed in past events include Parko, Taj Burrow, Rasta & Mick Fanning, this year Hawaiian legend Shane Dorian is a confirmed guest speaker at the charity sports luncheon as well as competing in the event.
2019 Single Fin Classic - Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January 2019
Joel Parkinson is confirmed 100% as a starter, after winning in 2017 and now retired, he is eligible to compete again this year and is stoked to be surfing in the event.
"As much as I am looking forward to hanging up the contest jersey to retire, I can't wait to put the singlet back on for the Single Fin"
The field is incredible with Shane Dorian, Taj Burrow, and a field of red hot locals, Parko is keen to get amongst it;
"Possibly the toughest field ever, if the waves are good, it will be the most exciting event ever. Taj will be frothing out to get in the water, he will be looking to defend his title and will be the one to watch”
Parko will be on familiar equipment, a 1980s Alan Byrne 6 channel single fin.
"My good mate Clay is lending me the same board that I won the event on in 2017, that he has kept it on ice for me and it's ready to go. I want to win another trophy, as I gave the last one to Clay as a thank you in 2017.”
There are very limited entries available, and what a chance it is to be able to surf Burleigh Point with only six surfers in the water, and to maybe surf a heat with some of surfing’s royalty.
Entries are available via the Surfing Queensland website here
It is looking like it will be the event of the year at Burleigh Point in January, with surfing, food, fun entertainment and classic single fin surfboards.
2019 Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival Luncheon - Friday 4th January 2017
Club Burleigh, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads - Home of the Burleigh Boardriders.
The luncheon kicks off the 22nd Annual Single Fin Festival, a 3-day gathering of some of surfing’s most iconic names to celebrate our surfing heritage.
The luncheon plays host to sporting icons, locals and businesses all with a similar love for the ocean and our local surfing community. The guests include business men and women from a range of industries; engineers, property developers, real-estate agents as well as multi-national construction companies.
Hosted by ex-jockey and Footy Show personality Allan ‘Robbo’ Robinson and features a range of celebrity speakers from the surfing and sporting arenas. This year we are pleased to welcome; 2012 World Surfing Champion Joel Parkinson, renowned big wave surfers Shane Dorian and Felicity Palmenteer, Billabong icons Taj Barrow and Occy, QLD maroon and gold coaster Chris Walker, and also a master luthier Aaron Fenech, of Fenech Guitars, played by local multi-Aria Award winning artist Amy Shark.
There will be sporting memorabilia on auction at the luncheon, including boards by Shane Dorian, Parko’s last ever contest singlet from this years’ Pipeline Masters, as well as a one off Single Fin acoustic guitar, handmade custom guitar by Aaron Fenech, of Fenech guitars. These are collectors items to be never seen again.
• Date: Fri,4/01/2019 • Doors Open: 11:30AM – • Ticket: $120 • Table: $1,200 (10 people)
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