Bondi Single Fin Classic 2017 – recap


Surfing contests are often defined by the quality of waves. But not the Bondi Single Fin Classic. The waves can be as wonky as funk music but no one really cares, as this is a surfing circus. Tents, buses, fancy dress, surprising people, and impromptu dancing all feature – which is why I’ll focus on those virtuous elements in this recap.

The day started under infrequent but heavy downpours. In fact water was coming up at us from below at one stage when a star picket was driven into a water main on the South Bondi hill. Fortunately, we’re such a vital part of the community and driver of youth development that we can make errors with council every now and then…. and the show went on.

The first rounds were held in small, but consistent waves with the goofy footers at an advantage as a left-hander developed in the corner. Old Single Fins are hard to ride at the best of times, but in these waves they are confounding. But that’s what this day is about – boards lie around on the hill and you pick one up, see how it feels under arm, see how the last surfer went on it, then give it a go. In your next heat you might want to try something else or find someone else has the board you want.

Eugene of Aquabumps not only made it out of the first round for the first time, but won his heat convincingly. Dave Davidson was guest of honour this year – a title which results in his photo ending up on the t-shirts, posters and artwork, plus a number of other benefits over the weekend. Davo, a former pro-surfer, who now lives on the Gold Coast, smashed out an 8 and a 7 in his heat, marking him as a key threat. Reigning champ John Ozzie wasn’t finding previous form, stuck in the south corner rip, he bombed out early. His arch rival Ian Wallace was milking the waves on a carefully chosen McCoy which was tucked away in a car between surfs so it couldn’t get waterlogged by other surfers riding it. These are the very tactics required to progress.


As the day went on surfers across the 3 divisions belted out all sorts of highly creative surfing in the unpredictable waves – which picked up in size during the early afternoon. Creativity was also required on the dancefloor. As tradition dictates, surfers dance before they surf, for vital points. The girls from Fluoro Friday judged the dancing – dressed in iridescent disco wear – Luke Kennedy’s girlfriend Aprilla, her twin sister and their friends were in fact the most energetic dancers on the day, jiving away as they handed out scores to surfers whose moves ranged from impressive to downright disconcerting. Punters walking past were unsure if the dancing was the results of a bet gone wrong, or if it was genuinely volitional and just very twisted.


No one could complain about the music – Charlie Cowan spun up a storm on the turntables and by mid-afternoon had the hill jumping, despite the cloudy weather. Mt Warning provided the live music, and killed it from atop the bus rooftop. The bus was courtesy of Justin Crawford, whose hat company Fallen Broken Street was the main sponsor. The Fallen Broken Street crew drove down from Byron overnight, care of BBR club patron Tony Spanos. The FBS crew have been travelling the country on their Glitch In Time Tour playing music, surfing, and selling hats. We became the last stop on their journey and they tuned into the Single Fin contest perfectly.

The other sound to mention on the day is Cooper and Bush from Radio Hub. This Bondi duo have been commentating the Single Fin since day 1, and are as much a part of the entertainment as the surfing. In fact this is what grass roots surfing contests are all about. One beach, bringing in the best people from the neighbourhood to make a festive event. Only surfing can really do this well – imagine a tennis club saying hey we’re going to get some DJs, and have a fancy dress tennis match using 1960s racquets? Likewise rugby league or Volleyball. The commentary of Cooper and Bush make for a unique event, and find ever more weird and wonderful ways of interpreting surfing and making people laugh.

By late afternoon the finals had distilled the best 4 surfers from each division into 20 minutes of do or die surfing. The stakes were high with 3 brand new single fin surfboards up for grabs – care of local surf shops Surf Culture and Sunburnt Mess. The opens featured Grayson Hinrichs, just 15 years of age and already a part of Bondi surfing folklore (evidence here: Grayson showed incredible surfing intuition on a big old board in ordinary waves, but failed to surpass Chris Friend who was a stand out all day.  In the masters Ryan Carr from Bronte was unlucky to be pipped by Bondi Boardrider’s President Ian Wallace, a fearsome competitor and great bloke who has a few SF titles under his belt now. The Grand Masters came down to close finish with Phil Leadley overcoming Rick Scott, West Coleman, and Billy Morris. If you’re on Facebook Deadly will have told you all about this by now.

A big thanks to Vissla for supplying the contest t-shirts. The proceeds go a long way in funding the event and supporting the club. They looked great and we hope to keep working with Vissla in future.Thanks to Richie Stenlake of Made Agency for all the great artwork! Also thanks to Vic Austin our Contest Director who is an absolute gem! Also thanks go to Spanos, Ricky Scott, Dave Byron and Stodsy, and especially to our guest of honour, Davo, a true Bondi champion.

The next Bondi Single Fin Classic is in 2 years. Barely enough time for me and my co-organiser, Beau Sevastos, to recover.

Benny Davies














ENTRY: $50


President’s Letter


Dear Members & Sponsors.

Firstly thank you all for making 2016 such great year.


Bondi Boardriders in 2017 has hit the ground running. Late last year we won the Australian Boardriders Battle NSW qualifier enabling us to surf in the National finals that were broadcast live via FOX sports all over the country. Our team put in a huge effort getting 3rd in the country mixing it up with clubs overflowing with WCT surfers. We were the only team that did not have a professional surfer for the final. We consisted of a Chef, a Gardener, a Business Analyst, a Surf Coach and a Student with a Real Estate agent on standby. Our club took it to the best surfers in the world and dominated them.  Perth Standlick, possibly the most underrated surfer in the country, took down World Champions and was awarded Surfer of the event. A huge effort considering there were 10 WCT Surfers in the mix. Chris Friend was as always solid as a rock and his consistency kept Bondi always in the mix. Our other surfers Clancy Dawson, Eddy Ryall and Lara Damelian all did their part to solidify this amazing result.

Bondi Boardriders Team results.

1st NSW Qualifier ABB, Kiama January 2016—series-iv-event-7—kiama?autoStart=true&q=ABB

3rd Australian ABB Final, Newcastle February 2017—day-one-highlights?autoStart=true—day-two-highlights?autoStart=true

4th in Australia December 2016 Sailor Jerry Surf Tag, Curl Curl

3rd In NSW Qualifier March 2017 Sailor Jerry Surf Tag, Cronulla


Our juniors also have also started 2017 with a bang with Grayson Hendricks taking out the Surfarama event at Long Reef and a second place at Surfest in Newcastle. Lara Damelian has started her quest surfing in some WQS events as well as still doing the Juniors. Nick McGrath has been free surfing up a storm and will be a huge threat to all that come up against him this year. Angus Jones has spent a lot of time on the North Shore of Hawaii honing his big wave skills. They are just a few of the names that make up a massive surge in junior talent that Bondi is producing.

Grom Training 

Late last year with the help of Perth Standlick and Chris Friend we set up weekly training sessions for our groms prior to entering two teams in the Australian Surf Tag. All the groms trained hard and it was hard to pick the final teams. While the groms did not podium finish they learned a lot about team’s events, surfed their hearts out and got to experience our famous Bus and even more famous mascot bus driver Spanos. This year we will be looking to take our groms to the next level so stay tuned for some exiting initiatives for 2017.

This year has seen record numbers of girls join the club. Welcome to all.

Water Safety

We will again have the legends from Waverley Lifeguards keeping an eye on our surfers and using the jet skis to maintain a safe completion zone

This year Alex Tucker will be the Junior Safety Officer and not only is he a great surfer but is currently doing his last year Bachelors in Sports and Exercise. He is also accredited with 1. First Aid, CPR, APLOA Ocean Safety Surf Coach Award Qualified, AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming. Alex will be on hand to oversee our Junior divisions. He will be set up on the beach from 6.50am -10am.

 Help the club.

This Sunday will be the first contest of the year and it’s going to be a cracker. The swell and wind are looking favourable for an epic start to the Contest year. Last year was a great year and this year I hope even better. We are a club run by the community for the community. Last year it was the same (few) people that helped set up and pack up. This year we need a lot more support from ALL OF THE DIVISONS and parents!!!!!! The real heroes in my eyes are not just the clubs best surfer but the crew that you can count on help out. We have a team behind the scenes that most will never know the amount of hours they devote to the club. Clare Matuska and Victoria Austin are Bondi Boardriders Angels, they put so much into the club and from everyone at Bondi Boardriders we thank you. Chris Friend and Fernando have reinvented the way club contests are run through Live Heats and we are so stoked to have you backing us and leading the way in technology. To all the parents that help out thank you for being amazing, humble and understanding. Stodsy!!!! you are a bloody champion and it would be hard to find anyone with more club spirt. Even with a few health issues last year he helped set up and pack up every single contest. After setting up he gets on the BBQ and cooks for the entire club. We need more Stodsy’s in our club or we won’t have one. And to all the 2016-2017 committee Shane Wilson, Perth Standlick, Tim Okky , Ben Davies Ray Vuko, Steve Carlaw and Alex Tucker thank you for helping grow our club into the best in the country.

On Sunday we need volunteers to help set up from 6.30am and pack up after the last heat.

We also want two strong surfers (opens – Grandmasters) to be in the water with the Mirco groms. Their first heat is 7am and will need you in a wetsuit ready to paddle out at 6.50am

If you can help please let me know 0416 251073

Sponsors 2016-2017

To our sponsors we would not be here without you. Thank you for all your amazing support!!!!.


  • Channel 9
  • Rob Damelian Luxury Motors
  • Pipeline Plumbing
  • Surfculture
  • LiveHeats
  • Bondi Beach Radio
  • Bondi Tony’s Burger Joint
  • The Bucket List
  • Darren Elmes – Woollahra Golf Club
  • Beamers Sunglasses
  • Richardson & Wrench Bondi Beach
  • Bondi United
  • O’Brien Solicitors

If you would like to become a sponsor please contact me on


Bondi United.

We are very proud to announce we will be a Sleeve Sponsor for Bondi United A Grade Reserve for 2017. They have just come from Back to Back grand final wins in 2015-2016 and many of our members have at one stage has played for this legendary club or still do. Kelly Robbo and Big Tommy, amongst others, have put so much back into the community and we are honoured to have our Boardriders logo on a Bondi United Jersey. They are a Club that inspires, playing with heart and passion. We urge all our members to go and support Bondi United whenever they can and we will keep you updated of all upcoming games.

Next contest 

This SUNDAY March 12, 7AM start with Micro Groms to arrive no later than 6.40am register @


N.B VERY IMPORTANT !!!!! if your child can not swim strongly or if they are wanting to learn to surf, Bondi Boardriders is not the correct club for them. Let’s go Surfing can help with learning to surf and we recommend any accredited swim school for swimming. Also if you child is under the age of 18 they must have a designated person over 18 looking after them.

Micro Micro Groms .

Ben Davies will be the captain of this division and will be running heats according to tides and safety. All competitors must have a guardian pushing them into waves during the heats. Ben is a lifeguard, former President of BBR, a sponsor, father of 4 and fantastic waterman. Ben will be liaising with all parents in this division so please contact Ben ASAAP on either 0410 564 560 or so he can direct times and conditions prior to each contest. If you feel your child is just over the age limit but would be better suited to this division please let Ben know as the Mirco’s surf unassisted.

Kids and The skate park! 

If you’re going to skate in the park between heats put on some protective gear, (shoes, helmet etc) and get out of your wetsuit. We don’t need any more Ambulances carting our groms to hospital. If your seen in the park not adhering to this you won’t get any points.


If anyone wants us to publish any competition results please notify me

Let’s bring on a huge 2017.

Kind Regards,

Ian Wallace

President Bondi Boardriders.


BBR 2017 Contest Dates

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FRIDAY 10 FEB 2016, 5.00pm – 7.30pm


 Half price Kids Meals

$15 Beer & Burger Special 

Registration, AGM, Movies, Grub, Catch-up ….yeeew! 

 BBR REGO & AGM 2017 Facebook Event Image

5.00pm Register for 2017

7.00pm AGM – brief formalities and vote in 2017 Committee

7.10pm Club President Ian Wallace to preview the year ahead.

7.30pm Ends

DISCOUNT MEMBERSHIP OFFER $80 per member (one night only) 


We will also be capturing your pre-order for merchandise for 2017

Under 18’s must still bring a guardian along

Can’t make it on the night? Registrations will be available online after the AGM for 7 days – closing 17 February 2017 at the full membership cost of $120 per person.

See you there!

The BBR Team!


Dear Bondi Boardriders,

This Saturday, after an intensive training regime, Bondi hottest Groms will be doing battle against other clubs in the Country at Curl Curl.

We want and need your support!!!!!!

Our first heat is at  8.20am and our second heat at 10am.

The bus will be leaving Bondi at 5.45am and we want to see as many supporters as possible.

The Team (including Reserves)

Sage Gubbay

Bailey Richards

Pete Kavanaugh

Grayson Hendricks

Nick McGrath

Olly Sherb

Lara Damelian

Luke Adams

Isaac Cremer

Saul Hirner

Angus Jones

Archie Macdonald

Krawchuck Brothers.

And other groms that came to the training sessions you are considered back-up reserves and we want to see you all there ready to surf/ support if needed.

Expect to win!!!!

Full heat draw is here 2016gromtagheatdraw

Wal, Perth, Chris & Rod.



Contest 8 Videos are UP!!!



Safe Mate’s BBR Contest #7 in on this Sunday 11 September 2016 at 7am.

Safe Mate’s BBR Contest #7 in on this Sunday 11 September 2016 at 7am. 

Juniors and Women’s Divisions are on a Bye Round for Contest 7 but we still would love to see you there.

Heat draws etc on their way. 

Contest 6 Highlights Videos are also now online at

A word about our host sponsor…. Safe Mate develop wearable devices for beachgoers that contain their personal and medical information in case of emergencies. This is a local tech startup working with a few surf life saving clubs already and well worth checking out. So come along and say hi.  

Merchandise will also be on sale at discounted prices.  

Thanks also to all of our wonderful partners & sponsors! 


BBR Newsletter – July 2016

Dear Members, Family, Friends and Sponsors

Wow what a year so far

We have been blessed with some great waves so far this contest year and this Sunday is looking SOLID!!!! With the Micro Groms having the bye, it’s up to the bigger kids and the ‘kids at heart’ to show how hard they can charge. Long range forecasts are showing a solid 6-8 ft swell with off-shore winds.

The surfing this year has been nothing short of amazing with our young guns really starting make a huge impact not only locally but all around the country. Lara Damelian, Grayson Hendricks and Nick McGrath are charging and turning heads wherever they surf. Perth Standlick just placed 3rd in the QS in Japan with his sights now firmly on making the WCT.

This Sunday’s contest will be in memory of one of Bondi’s greatest talents and all around legend Michael “Cheg” Chegwidden, who was taken well before his time. This year marks the 20 year anniversary of his passing and to pay our respects we will be having a paddle out and expression session. Meet at the comp on The Hill at 11am with event commencing at 1pm. There will be some limited edition t-shirts with all profits going to the Cancer Council.

Bondi legend and former World Champion Cheyne Horan is flying down to surf in the contest on Sunday and rip up the solid forecast. He is bringing an all-star Bondi entourage that includes all around Hellman Tony Spanos and more. Tony wants to surf the biggest wave of the day and get the biggest barrels the beach has ever seen. Cheyne is coming in hot with his brand new fins “EZ3” that all Bondi Boardriders members can demo and buy. He will be looking after all members with great deals.

We are also very proud to be at the forefront of innovative surf technology. Being an environmentally aware club we have created a paperless Boardriders and soon to be released contest app dubbed “LiveHeats” that will change the way our Boardriders, clubs around the country and the world will be run. During our last three contests we have been trialing the LiveHeats technology; developed by some of our very own club members (Chris Friend & Fernando Freire) . We are now embarking on the final steps to make this a reality. The LiveHeats app will become our app of choice for running surfing comps, with live scoring, automated heat draws and schedules, and surfer dashboards so competitors can track performance.  By 2017 we hope for this technology to become the main portal for members and spectators to engage with BBR contests and apps. Even down to sharing results and performances on social media, and your friends and family will be able to view live scoring even if they aren’t even at the beach or in the country

As with everything new, it all takes time and resource we are currently seeking a Technology Sponsor. If you are any of your friends/businesses can help out we can offer some fantastic sponsor packages that will create unmatchable marketing opportunities for your company on Australia’s most famous beach. Please email for all enquires.

This contest is proudly supported by the legends at Ravesi’s. They will be catering this event and Darren and the team will be cooking up another Master dish for all our members to enjoy. Big thanks to Ravesi’s for also helping Perth fly to Japan and get a third in the QS.

As per all contests we work very closely with Waverley Council and their policies. This includes no alcohol in public places. The BBR Committee thanks you in advance for adhering to this. Ravesi’s is across the road so if you’re feeling thirsty this is the place to be. Check out our Codes of Conduct here.

Also if you have not paid your membership fees this is your last chance! All non-paid members will be unable to compete. We know who you are!!!! Don’t forget that our bank account details have changed:

Bondi Boardriders

BSB: 112-879

Account Number: 440-320-462

BBR Merchandise will also be on sale on The Hill on the weekend.  Bring your cash. Hoodies $70, Tees $30, Hats $20 or buy all three in a combo pack for $100.  The hoodies are holding up well in the cold snaps. Time to snap them up as they stock won’t last.

Ok this Sunday is shaping up to be another epic contest with waves that will test all.

Lastly on behalf of the Bondi Boardriders we would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Blake Hanson who passed away on Saturday after battling a very aggressive form of cancer. Blakey was a loyal friend who loved charging big waves and was phenomenal ocean swimmer. He will be missed by all.








BBR Contest #5 Reminder, Ravesi’s Sponsored Lunch and Bye Info

Ravesi’s BBR Contest #5 and the Chegg Memorial Paddle Out and Expression Session is on Sunday 24 July at 7am.  
Heat draws etc on their way. 

Contest #5 Bye Round 
Microgroms have the bye round this contest. 
Chegg Memorial
For more information call Ashley Purrington on 0404 146 614
Member News 
Congrats to Perth Standlick on making the semi finals of the Murasaki Shonan Open in Kanagawa Japan
Hoodies ($70), tees ($30) and hats ($20) [or combo for $100] will be on sale on Sunday also. 
BBR New Bank Account Details 
We’ve changed to St George Bank, Bondi Beach. New details are:  
Bondi Boardriders 
BSB 112-879
ACCN 440 320 462
Thanks also to all of our wonderful partners & sponsors! 
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