Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Festival – the first and most loved surfing event of the season – is once again taking over the beautiful Burleigh Headland the first weekend of January. The iconic event is a nostalgic journey and has been an ongoing part of Gold Coast culture for the last 21 years, getting bigger and better as the years go by. Surfers participate in the event riding pre-1985 single fin surfboards, 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 5 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)
The Burleigh Boardriders Single Fin Classic will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 January, with a field of red hot locals taking on current and former tour surfers on antique single fin surfboards – not for 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 and local legends as well as famed professional free-surfers.
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 CHAOS Single Fin.
One of the most hotly contested divisions will be the Juniors, where kids surf on boards that are in some cases older than their mum and dad. It has a field of only 24 and is the first division 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 and Taj 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 by hitting up the Surfing Queensland website surfingaustralia.com.
In addition, Burleigh Boardriders and Billabong will have The Hanlon Brothers playing on Burleigh Point on Sunday afternoon from 2.00 to 6.00pm, 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.