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14 December 19

Burleigh Boardriders, Billabong, Gage Roads Brewing, Club Burleigh and Gold Coast Land Rover are proud to announce the 2020 Single Fin Festival. The three-day festival is a celebration of surfing heritage and history held from the 10th to the 12th of January 2020. 

The first surfing event of 2020 will see Burleigh Point packed with spectators and scenes reminiscent of the Stubbies Classic in the late 1970’s.

The festival commences with the charity luncheon on Friday 10th january and the Single Fin Classic on Saturday and Sunday 11th-12th. Entries for the Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic filled within 90 minutes of being released online, showing that a place in this iconic event is now one of the hottest tickets in town.

Competitors are required to surf on antique pre-1985 single fin surfboards on Burleigh's iconic point. Among the red hot field of local heroes will be some stars surfing including 2012 World Champion, Joel Parkinson, winner in 2017 & 2019 who will be looking for a third title. But like everyone else on Burleigh Point it is all about the fun.

“This is the one contest I really enjoy nowadays,“ said Parkinson on the event, “But what makes it so special is the local community enjoying the weekend on Burleigh Point with lots of laughs and good times!”

There is some serious competition with surfers from all over the country coming compete in the Single Fin Classic, and this year with two wildcards making their way from Indonesia who secured their place in the contest through a sister event in Uluwatu. Many world champions have surfed in the event, and along with Joel Parkinson, 1999 World Champion Mark Occhilupo will be putting on the contest singlet over the two days. Past Champions and rippers like Creed McTagget, Harrison Roach and Tai Graham will be in the mix as well as Burleigh's own world tour up-and-comer Liam O'Brien.

There is also a Women’s and Junior Division, big wave charger Felicty Palmateer, and up and coming Junior surfers like Pascha Luc-Light and Liliana Bowery will be the ones to watch. For the juniors, some of the groms competing will be surfing boards  3 times their age. Burleigh Boardriders own Queensland Champions Rico Haybittle and Chez Bos will be out to win at their local break, fresh from the Australian Junior Titles in Western Australia.

It will be a festival atmosphere at Burleigh Point with food and clothing stalls, retro surfboard displays, and live music on the Sunday afternoon all combining for the best party of 2020 on Burleigh Point. 

Ryan Bautista from  Gage Roads Brewing is stoked be involved with the Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival, “Gage Roads Brewing Co are really excited to partner up with Burleigh Boardriders to sponsor the 2020 Single Fin event at Burleigh Heads. It made perfect sense, with a beer from our range called “Single Fin” and it’s such a prestigious event, with a real fun, grass roots, local vibe the whole weekend. Cant wait.”

Gold Coast Land Rover are also involved, with their prestige vehicles on display at Burleigh Point over the weekend, further adding to corporate and community support of this great event.

The Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival Charity Luncheon will be held at Club Burleigh (Home of the Burleigh Boardriders) on Friday 10th of January, with Queensland origin legend Trevor “The Axe” Gilmister confirmed as a guest speaker. Tickets for the luncheon to be released soon.

 - Terry “Tappa” Teece, Burleigh Boardriders Club


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