Inaugural URBNSURF Club Comp

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Swellnet Dispatch

Coloured singlets, a scribbled heat draw, and shelter to hide from the elements.

On land, the inaugural URBNSURF Boardriders comp had all the makings of a regular pointscore, except the tent was perched on the edge of a pool, and the waves were lit up under floodlights. So not only was it the first club comp held in a pool, but the first under lights too.

Held last Friday night, the comp was blessed with fine July weather as temps hovered around a balmy 8°. The timing was fortunate as a change passed through later that night taking temps down near zero.

The comp featured a "unique format developed by URBNSURF that allowed surfers to rip into 18 waves over the two hour competition with three allocated waves scored and best two counting."

Luke Martin took out the event, who, according to the press release, "utilised a fast and powerful backhand to score 16.25 out of a possible 20 points."

More from the presser with photos, all taken by Elliot Gray, below:

Competitors enjoyed prizes from Rip Curl and URBNSURF and post surf beverages from partners Young Henry’s and Heaps Normal. 

Formally recognised by Surfing Victoria, the URBNSURF Boardriders Club was established in 2020, and plans to run competitions for all crafts (shortboard, longboard and bodyboard)  and age divisions (groms, juniors, opens and masters). 

Damon Tudor, CEO of URBNSURF, said: “The format was designed to allow competitors to surf a heap of waves within a competition, it's really unique and allows us to run a 36-person competition in two hours.  

We look forward to welcoming other Boardriders Clubs to URBNSURF to enjoy the format. We can run multiple divisions using the same format or even team events! Imagine the traditional rivals - QBC vs North Steyne or Torquay vs Phillip Island in the pool with a post-surf event at Three Blue Ducks. 

It was great to see so many different crew in the water enjoying a competition, for many it was their first time in the jersey - enjoying a few waves with friends and a post heat BBQ and beer". 

The event will hold a regular place on the surfing calendar with the next URBNSURF Melbourne Boardriders Club scheduled for November, meaning members who missed out this time round, should keep their eyes peeled the next event to land in their inbox and sign up in advance. 

Judging while on the turps - all good.



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zenagain Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 10:49am

Looks like they lucked into a little swell.

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Westofthelake Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 11:01am

haha a good bank and pretty consistent too!

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Blowin Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 12:00pm

Excellent development. Every circle jerk boardriders should be staged at a pay to play venue.

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Surfalot67 Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 1:46pm

Lol - actually agree with you on this Blowin. I was once aggressively shirt fronted and told not to paddle out at Dbah, due to a contest. When I asked what fucking contest I was pointed to a pop up tent emblazoned with "Maroochydore Caloundra Body Board Club". Let's just say they were advised where to put their sponges.

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stan1972 Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 12:28pm

Looks like great fun. Without lulls or closeouts or flash rips, what do the surfers blame when they don't get the score they need?

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Garryh Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 2:14pm

How about the 8 degree water temp? (and lack of gloves)...or "I can't surf properly in booties"

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megzee Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 2:30pm

The judges... naturally.....

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freeride76 Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 4:26pm

it does seem the perfect and proper use for the tub.

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memlasurf Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 4:56pm

Friggin cold even for a frozen on Victorian like myself. 14º in the ocean compares to 8-10º in the tub. 14º is obviously cold for our northern neighbours so try 10º. NowayJosé

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wallpaper Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 8:14pm

Starting the session with a quick beer or two on a full bladder might be the go.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 7 Jul 2021 at 11:09pm


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2014 Sydney Wave Pool Interclub Nippers Paddleboard Comp
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2019 WA AWM [Billabong] (International Surfing Day) Aloha Grom Titles (Under Lights)
WA AWM Micro Gromz also hold their Local Surfing Comps (Under lights)
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mredhill Thursday, 8 Jul 2021 at 9:09am

The gloves & booties say it all. We went in early May and still haven't thawed out.

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D-Rex Thursday, 8 Jul 2021 at 9:24am

Where can I donate?

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Huggy Friday, 9 Jul 2021 at 9:17am

Point Concrete is my closest break, and whilst I’m not a full member I’ve racked up 15 hours since it opened. Being able to choose what type of wave/session is great, and unlike Ocean surfing when it’s your turn, it’s YOUR turn. No hassling, snaking or dropping in - none of the main “people problems” we get with crowds, even with 18 surfers on the point. Love it.

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truebluebasher Friday, 16 Jul 2021 at 12:17am

Salute D-Rex

Goldie Pools are wetties only, now bitter cold....15+ degrees (Qld Ocean gets down to 19*)
tbb is the only local pool dipper over winter...(20-30min max)

mredhill - memlasurf > Urbnsurf current Water Temp is 10 degrees
Pretty much struggling to reach double figures...way to cold for Qldurrz...
Reckon you'd have to keep pushin' hard...non stop...just go go go! Good Workout!
19th June 2020 Winter Package vid has Urbnsurfers in Bikinis & Boardies. (Must be a random edit!)

Great share Huggy...15 hrs is a lot of Crab Pots...
Pretty sure some more of the crew have clocked up similar hours.
Such dedication gets rewarded Urbnsurf's toughest Surf Flicks.

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(Warning : No Urbnsurfers or Barrels were harmed in the POVing of ultra scary Surf Flick)

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"5 waves 4 Wipeouts"...Oh, the Humanity!

Hang in there for the Bonus Barrel Fest matinee.
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nasigoreng Friday, 16 Jul 2021 at 8:51pm

It was fucken freezing already 2 months ago, a 4/3 alone did not suffice. I would be surprised to hear if it was more than 8 degrees now. White elephant.