Boardriders thrilled with national club award
COFFS Harbour Boardriders Club has received one of the most prestigious awards in Australian sport.
At a gala dinner in Manly hosted by Surfing Australia, Coffs Harbour representatives received the Simon Anderson Award for club of the year.
In it's 50th year, Coffs Harbour Boardriders previously received the runner-up prize at the Inside Sport Club Awards.
It's been a big week for the surfing fraternity with former locals Justin Holland and Heath Joske big winners at the Oakley Big Wave Awards.
Club president Lee Winkler tried to describe the excitement felt by members at the end of a week to remember.
"We're all very proud of the latest award to come the way of the Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club," he wrote in his weekly Coffs Coast Advocate column.
"What an amazing 12 months the club has enjoyed. In our 50th year, some incredible achievements including winning the tag team event at the Australian Boardriders Battle, defeating Joel Parkinson and his team from Snapper Rocks and finishing overall runners-up.
"We also placed second in the visit to North Narrabeen for the Australian Global SurfTag Championships, along with second place at the Inside Sport club awards.
"Above all, the club's junior teams have shown incredible improvement."
The local boardriders club is also the owner and moving force behind one of the most prestigious junior events in Australia, the Billabong OZ Grom Cup which is held annually in Coffs Harbour during the April school holidays.
In 2016 the Billabong OZ Grom Cup will have almost 300 of Australia's best juniors attending.
"A part of the criteria for winning the latest award is consideration of the spirit in and out of the water and we believe CHBC conducts itself incredible well," Wimkler continued.
"Right through from the six-year-olds starting out, to the elder statesmen and women. As president I am so proud of seeing our groms growing up with respectful heads on their shoulders and being amazing role models.
"Our committee thanks all members, sponsors, supporters and the community for ongoing support. Those amazing, hard-working committee people deserve a massive pat on the back for dedication and passion.
"Also, the surfers who competed and represented. We are so proud of you and so stoked to have you as part of the CHBC family."
To celebrate the big award, the Coffs Harbour Boardriders club is holding a fun afternoon at the Hoey Moey on Saturday, March 19 from 3-6pm where all are invited to come along.
"It will be a fun afternoon with entertainment, complimentary food and drinks for all members, friends and families," Winkler said.