A weekend of sun, surf and sand - and some good beer in hand!
What started out as a humble event paying homage to the single fin boards from yesteryear, has morphed into one of Burleigh’s largest annual community events. The event organisers, Burleigh Boardriders, celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the famed Burleigh Single Fin festival of surfing over the weekend of the 7th & 8th of January.
Burleigh Brewing was proud to partner with Burleigh Boardriders club to ensure everyone who attended the event to watch some world class surfing had some world class beers in hand. As the official beer partner of this year’s festival, it only seemed fitting.
It was a weekend of sunshine with the surf co-operating as well. A 1- 1.5metre swell at Burleigh Headland provided the perfect platform for some of today’s best surfing talent to get their ‘old school groove’ on as they surfed original single fin boards which were shaped pre 1980.
In scenes reminiscent of the world famous Stubby’s surfing events in the ‘70s, crowds lined Burleigh Headland’s natural amphitheatre to capture a piece of the action taking place at one of the most iconic surf breaks in the world.
After the success of the event in the early years, the Burleigh Boardriders identified the Burleigh Single Fin Classic as a vehicle to raise funds for the junior development program within the board riding club.
As the event grew in stature, the annual Single Fin Luncheon was added to the overall festival. The luncheon attracts high profile speakers each year – this year the event was hosted at the Burleigh Brewing Taphouse.
Burleigh Boardriders investment in junior development is paying dividends for the club with Burleigh being able to boast that their club contains the current Queensland Open Men’s Champion, Qld Junior Men’s Champion, and are ranked number one Boardriders Club in Queensland.
ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson was the eventual winner on the day followed by Luke Hynd and James Lewis who finished the event in second and third place respectively. Congratulations to the Burleigh Boardriders on what was surely one of the best Burleigh Single Fin events in it’s 20 year history.