Victorian boardrider clubs get a free round at URBNSURF
Next month, URBNSURF open their first Australian wavepool at Tullamarine and they've showered Victorian boardriders clubs with love.
Starting next year, every boardriders club in the state is entitled to hold a club round in the tub. The arrangement was forged between URBNSURF and Surfing Victoria, with the offer extending for at least three years.
"We've been working with URBNSURF for a year or two," said Adam Robertson, "and we really like the way they've been supporting grassroots surfing here."
Along with club rounds, Robbo and Surfing Vic are planning to hold a state level contest in the tub next year. When Swellnet called, Robbo was still unsure about the format to be used.
"That's something we're working through with URBNSURF right now," said Robbo. "We're figuring out the best way to run a contest; to make it fair, and also to make it exciting."
Good decisions require good research, and to date Robbo reckons he's put in eight or nine days of field testing. And although an ideal format is yet to be decided on he knows what works best under his feet.
"I usually ride a 6'1" by 19"," explains Robbo, "but the best board I've ridden in the wavepool is one of Will Webber's and it was 5'10" x 20""
"Similar volume, around 33 litres, but shorter and wider."
And construction? "EPS. Just for reaction time," says Robbo, who by way of comparison stands 5'10" tall and weighs 90s kegs.
Since the big reveal last month, Robbo said the response from the Victorian surfing community has been overwhelming. Club presidents will be glad to hear that, as it means there'll be at least one comp next year where there'll be no shortage of help to put up the tent and the scoring system.