The 2017 Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival went down as the 20th anniversary of the contest and the “best one ever”, according to many who took part in the activities.
The action started on Friday at the annual Single Fin Charity Luncheon with guest speakers Occy and Rabbit and Gold Coast big wave charger Felicity Palmateer.
The swell picked up the next day and the carnival atmosphere of the Single Fin Festival was underway.
Thousands lined the point to watch 2012 World Champion Joel Parkinson surf a 30+ year old Hot Stuff AB single fin like it had never been surfed before.
In the final it was Luke Hynd and Burleigh President James Lewis trying to chase him down, along with Damien Healy. But no one was going to stop Parko getting the chocolates. Luke Hynd Picked up 2nd, James Lewis 3rd. Maddy Job completed his first goal for 2017, winning the junior division.
Parko, (the first World Champion to ever win the Single Fin), was rapt, and vowed to be back next year to try and take the title again.
The Sunday afternoon party with the Hanlon Brothers was epic, with 500 or more people grooving with the tunes on the hill. On the grass and along the balconies of the buildings that lined Burleigh Point there was some serious dancing going on.
The Best Weekend Ever will be back next year, and well done to the Burleigh Boardriders for putting on the first, and the best surfing event of 2017.
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