Burleigh Heads was quickly pulled out of its post new years stupor with the beginning of the Burleigh Single Fin festival. The contest is a nostalgic journey through Australian surf history and has been an ongoing part of Gold Coast culture for the past 21 years. The event continues to get bigger and better with surfers setting aside their modern shortboards and competing on pre-1985 single fin surfboards. Since its inception, it has grown into a weekend-long festival as well as a fundraiser to help the clubs junior development program.
The way this contest works proves how integral board riders clubs are in bringing Australian surf communities together. Ed Lindores, former president of the Boardriders club was stoked to see how the contest has grown into what it is today. “When everyone comes down, you can feel a good vibe that keeps growing and growing, it brings all the local clubs and the community together. It’s all about the mateship down here and it really does feel like a festival.”