Former Le-Ba surfer Tyler Wright surfing for Culburra in the Australian Boardriders Battle
Former Le-Ba surfer Tyler Wright surfing for Culburra in the Australian Boardriders Battle Surfing Australia

Le-Ba out in quarters at the national finals

LENNOX-Ballina were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Australian Boardriders Battle at Cronulla yesterday.

There were 20 teams competing over two days with the winning team taking home $20,000.

Le-Ba sent its strongest possible team with Adam Melling and Stu Kennedy leading the charge.

Club veteran Marcus Aboody, James Wood, Zac Wightman and Stephanie Single also represented Le- Ba team at the weekend.

Prizemoney won from the quarter-final will go to club member Sam Morgan, who was attacked by a shark at Ballina late last year.

Culburra were one of the top performing teams at Cronulla and included former Lennox Head surfers Mikey and Tyler Wright.

Older brother Owen Wright is still out of action after suffering a concussion before the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii.

Melling and Kennedy are likely to receive wildcards for the Quiksilver Pro world tour event on the Gold Coast in March.

Former world champion Joel Parkinson surfed for Snapper Rocks, which was aiming to win the title for a third straight year.

However, they too were eliminated in the quarter- finals yesterday morning.

"My club is like my family and it's an honour to be here surfing for Snapper Rocks," Parkinson said.

"We have a lot of talent but I know all the other teams here are hungry for the title too.

"Win, lose or draw, we're here to enjoy the weekend; the camaraderie is what it's all about."



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