Like their cousins north of the border, the LEBA Board Riders also enjoy giving back to the community, and pride themselves on the creation of a club full of great people and with the full support of the local community, inclusive of the sponsors and local businesses who support them.
LEBA BRC is a club which galvanises the coastal towns of Lennox Head and Ballina, and was formed when surfers from both towns came together to establish one strong and formidable board riders club for the region. The club’s geography provides access to an amazing array of surf breaks to conduct club competitions each month.
When it comes to higher honours, LEBA has produced a number of notable surfers, among them Adam Melling and Stu Kennedy, both currently competing on the WSL tour.
LEBA caters for surfers from under 16’s (cadets) right through to the over 50’s “Legends” category during their monthly club competitions, while the first Sunday of every month is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of surf stars with Little LEBA surf sessions open to surfers from under 6’s Micro’s through to the Under 13 Groms.
Junior development is a key focus for LEBA and the club actively seeks and participates in competitions across Northern NSW and South East Queensland, travelling with those surfer’s keen to test their skills against competitors from rival board riders’ clubs and those who have been talent identified.
Having fun, is always at the heart of everything that LEBA does, according to Club President Ben ”BEEZO” Beesley
“We try to make our club rounds a fun and social day for members and the families, where you can come down to beach, enjoy a BBQ, have a couple of beers at the end of the day and get smoked in a heat by the pure talent that are members of our club”, Beesley said.
LEBA is considered one of the strongest board-riding clubs in Australia having won some of surfing’s most prestigious competitions and awards including the annual Skullcandy Oz Grom Open which is widely regarded as one of the best junior events in the world. It’s an event which provides a significant economic boost to the local community as well as raising the bar for junior surfing.
Despite the challenges which 2020 has presented, Ben says it’s largely been a good year for the LEBA club.
“Despite the challenges Covid presented throughout 2020, and our vision for the year, we have managed to keep member numbers high. Through carefully planned risk assessments and endorsing COVID safe practices, we have managed to run seven monthly club rounds for 2020, however aim to increase this to ten rounds in 2021”
Little LEBA enjoyed record numbers in 2020 with fifty-five junior surfers enjoying a day which saw kids & parents enjoy playing beach games, and learning the basics of competition surfing.
The greater LEBA club boasts 150 full and social members, a number they aim to grow again over 21/22.
As a club, LEBA are super excited about January’s Usher Cup after a slow year for competitive surfers with Ben saying the strongest possible team will represent the club at Duranbah and Snapper Rocks when the contest gets underway.
“A trial event will be held prior to the Usher cup to determine who will surf in the event, thanks to the $300 endorsement from Usher”.