D’bah Boardriders was formed in 2008 by a group of mates from the local area that wanted to bring the fun back into club surfing.
Surfing for your club brings added pressure because you aren’t simply surfing for yourself, you are representing your club and team mates. The DBAH BRC members are also well aware that as a surfer you’re always trying your best, be it in competition or when paddling out for a few waves.
While the celebrate the wins, they also rally around our surfers when the ocean doesn’t go their way.
D’bah has established healthy rivalries with other local clubs which keeps the interest in club surfing high. The club’s members are also committed to creating a great atmosphere on the beach and a fun-loving environment that everyone wants to be a part of.
Over the years D’bah has produced a number of well-known surfers including Jack Freestone (current World Tour surfer), Brent Dorrington, Nick Vasicek, Damon Harvey, Luke Dorrington, and surfing twins Dean and Shaun Harrington.
2020 has proven to be a challenging year for surfing, however club president Adam “Sparrow” Fletcher had more of a positive outlook on it.
“Everyone has definitely had to live their lives a little bit differently in 2020 and the travel restrictions have meant our surfers have got to spend a lot more time surfing at home. We’ve had a fairly good year with waves, despite the crowds, but ultimately, we’re very lucky to live where we do. There are worse places in the world to be locked down that’s for sure!”
Adam expressed his excitement for the Usher Cup, being the first surfing competition in the better part of a year and explained the importance of participating in grassroots surfing competitions.
“We see the Usher Cup as a great opportunity for our surfers to take on the best of the other clubs, and also a great opportunity to bring everyone together after what has been a difficult year from a social point of view with all of the COVID restrictions. As a club, one of our objectives is to bring the community together and this event provides the surfing community a great opportunity to do that.”
“It’s a privilege for the surfers that are selected to represent the club in this event, but ultimately for us it’s important for members of our community to have a club where they can come and enjoy the beach and the ocean, keep healthy and active, and have an awesome time with mates. That’s what it’s all about for us.”
The surfers competing in the Usher Cup are still to be confirmed.
“The men’s side will be a battle between a couple of the old guys and the young guys. Brenno Dorrington is ripping and Nick Vasicek will be pushing him all the way, but the young guys coming through like Tane Bowden are right in the mix.”
“We’re lucky to have depth on the women’s side with all our girls ripping and they have won numerous National Surftag Titles for the club. Freya Prumm is fresh off a win at the Far South Coast Open, but the Styman-Lane and Doyle twins will be pushing her all the way.”