They aren’t just a club they are a family and that’s exactly how the team at MNM Boardriders operate.
Established in June 1992, MNM Board riders originally filled the void left by the old Miami board riders club, however expanded their territory to cover the area from Mermaid Beach through to Miami.
Created by Founding President Tim O’Leary and Justin Kleeman, the club was well received by the local community and by local business and by end of their second season in 1993 the MNM Board Riders numbered almost 100 members.
Results in the water were just as impressive during the club’s formative years, with solid individual and team performances. The club’s surfers winning the Gold Coast Open titles in 95 and 96, while the club would claim the prestigious Queensland Open title for three consecutive years in 96, 07 and 98.
These major title wins cemented the Mermaid Nobby’s Miami Board riders Club as a competitive force and provided foundation for further growth and expansion of the Club’s membership base and standing within the Queensland Surfing Community. As an organisation, the MNM Board riders pride themselves on being a family-oriented club, built around community engagement, family values and competitive spirit.
The MNM Board Riders are certainly well respected across the surfing landscape, and in recent years under the stewardship of successive Presidents, Mal Chalmers and David Pirie, the club has further strengthened its organisational structure, grown in numbers, and reinforced its commitment the local community.
The Club continues to compete in all major surfing events on the calendar and will be a genuine force during the inaugural Usher Cup contest.
Like most sporting 2020 has produced some challenges for MNM Board riders and resulted the cancellation of four club rounds, however, with the assistance of Surfing QLD, MNM Board riders successfully developed a COVID Safe plan which enabled them to resume club activities earlier than most.
The MNM Board riders are committed to registering the highest quality team possible for January’s Usher Cup with President James Brookes saying contests like the Usher Cup are essential for the continued development of grass roots surfing and nurturing the sports stars of the future.
“MNM Board riders recognises and encourages the showcase of grass roots surfing. Grass roots surfing provides a progression pathway and support model for surfers when pursuing their passion for surfing excellence within the true spirit of friendship and competition”. Brookes said
The MNM Board Riders Vision
To provide an avenue for surfers of all ages and their families to participate with like-minded people in a social group of beach lovers who seek fun, fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The club’s members are also committed to pursuing their passion for board riding excellence within the true spirit of friendship and competition.
To foster traditional family values, ideals, community interaction, involvement and camaraderie amongst its members whilst providing a platform for competition, and a support base for members to launch their own surfing careers.