The Palm Beach Boardriders club has been an integral part of the Gold Coast surfing community since the 1960s.
As a member of both Surfing Queensland and Surfing Australia (supported by the Australian Sports Commission), the club creates vital links in the sports development pathway for its members.
Palmy’s club competitions provide its members with vital skills required to pursue a competitive surfing career. Palmy also places a great emphasis on the friendship and support that can be only be found in a club.
Club President, Ben Ingwersen, said the Usher Cup is providing rising surfers with a much-needed opportunity to showcase themselves, especially given the impacts of the pandemic.
“The more exposure, the better. Grassroots surfing is what club surfing is all about,” he said.
Palm Beach Boardriders holds an annual two-man tag team surf event, the “Eager Beaver”, in memory of long-time club member Nathan “Beaver” Jagger. The event has grown to the largest of its kind on the Gold Coast, raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
The club’s primary focus in on Junior development, evident by the successes of members like Pro Junior Jackson Graham. Palmy currently has juniors competing in the ISA World Surfing Games and the Australian Junior surfing title. In 2019, the club had an impressive top ten finish in Australia’s largest junior teams event, the Kirra Junior Teams.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Palmy aims to continue its winning streak by providing surf-specific training with one of Australia’s best surf coaches, Mark Richardson.