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Best of the best hit North Coast surf

Jeames Young will be riding for Angourie today. PHOTO: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW
Jeames Young will be riding for Angourie today. PHOTO: ETHAN SMITH/SURFING NSW

THE best boardriders clubs on the NSW North Coast will be battling it out Pippi Beach today for a spot in the Australian Boardriders Battle National Final.

The Clarence Valley will be represented by Yuraygir and Angourie Boardriders among ten other teams.

Angourie Boardriders surfer Jeames Young said it was a privilege to host the fifth event of the Boardriders Battle.

"We have had a few contests here but we could have a lot more," Young said.

"We have great waves, great food, great infrastructure and great community. It will be a wicked and crowded weekend.

"It is definitely an event that should make its mark."

Young said his team was stacked with talent and should give the competition a run for their money.

"We will push each other," he said.

"The biggest threat to us will be Lennox Ballina. In the last couple of years they've turned up and won numerous events.

"Hopefully we can get over the top of them and take it out."

Young said because of the small conditions it would suit smaller surfers, but would still be contestable and competitive.

Angourie Boardriders secretary Hayley Emery said it was the first Australian Boardriders Battle to be held at Yamba.

"We've got a good team, they are all elite surfers," Emery said.

"It is good because Laurie and Dan are representing the club were they started.

"It will be good for the kids to see that."

Surfing NSW media and communications manager Ethan Smith said team events brought the best surfing out of competitors because they had the team's expectations on their shoulders.

"Each and every club is so passionate, you're trying to get the glory for your club," Smith said.

"Yamba is an area that will cater for the Far North Coast surfers, there is an abundance of waves in the area." Smith said he hoped to get some waves early in the morning before all the clubs turned up.

LOCAL TEAMS

Yuraygir Boardriders

Kev Shanahan (open)

Jode Skennar (open)

Krister Waern (open)

Craig Olsen (open)

Carly Shanahan (female)

Taj Skennar (junior under 18)

Rio Grieves (open reserve)

Ruby Grieves (female Reserve)

Angourie Boardriders

Laurie Towner

Jeames Young

Chris Zaffis

Heather Read

Navrin Fox

Jeremy Walters

Daniel Ross

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