The sun was shining and the wave tap was put on blast for the 22nd Burleigh Single Fin Festival. Presented by the kind folks at Billabong, Burleigh Boardriders and Vonu, the weekend of action is much more than your average surfing competition. It’s a time for both locals and those from abroad to come together, have a laugh and celebrate all things grassroots. From old school boards, to live music, food trucks and most of all world class surfing by a variety of standout individuals across all ages groups, it’s simply described by the Burleigh Boardriders Club as “the best weekend of the year!”
This year, spectators were graced with the likes of Shane Dorian, Joel Parkinson, Tom Carrol and Occy through to the new gen faces of Harrison Roach, Mitch Crews, Creed McTaggart and many more. With juniors, girls and women’s included and Burleigh delivering the goods in the wave department, all competitors put their unique modern twists on an all class, old school tradition.
“Burleigh Point is just made for surfing competitions, it’s just a great natural amphitheatre. This is one event I’ll always come and surf just because I enjoy it so much!’ – Joel Parkinson.
From the juniors to women’s, the main open mens event through to the legends of the game, it’s an opportunity each year for most to ditch their new age performance boards and focus on those 35 years and older. A simple rule to follow for entry, yet an entirely different ball game when it comes to surfing the boards themselves.
“It’s really grassroots and it draws a huge crowd. It’s a really good vibe!” – Mark Occhilupo
With a strong and prosperous future for the event, make sure you get down there next year (and every year after that might we say) to support an incredible festival. For now though, check out the feature clip and the results below!