ASB MAGAZINE: Oakley and Surfing Australia announced the return of Oakley Battle Clips – Australia’s first man-on-man video competition for surfers aged twenty-nine and under. Following the overwhelming success of its inaugural year of competition, Oakley Battle Clips is back in 2017 to elevate the best young talent in Australian surfing. The competition formalises the fierce video clip battle that plays out daily on social media by offering Australian surfers, a chance to win $20,000 cash and prizes including $5,000 worth of Nikon camera gear and an expense paid trip to Hawaii to feature in the Oakley Battle Clips feature film.
28-year-old Brent Dorrington edged out a stacked field of competition in 2016 gaining a 50% share of public votes against finalists Jack Robinson (18, WA), Sheldon Simkus (19, NSW) and Soli Bailey (21, NSW.) Dorrington defeated a stacked field of competitors to take home the $20,000 grand prize and $5,000 of Nikon camera gear for his filmer.
Each round of the 2017 competition will be judged by a three-man judging panel including Surfing Australia, Oakley and Public vote via likes, shares, comments and views.
The competition will commence on September 1 2017 with the national qualification round calling all surfers to submit their best one-minute video edit via Instagram, using the hashtag #oakleybattleclips.
The top 16 entries chosen by the public vote and the expert judging panel, will move into a series of man-on-man, maneuver specific heats where surfers will be matched up against each other to compete in a series of clip versus clip, trick versus trick rounds – Air, Barrel & Turn.
The surfer to win their man-on-man heat will then progress to the semi-final where the format will evolve into an all-in, eight-man round, each surfer competing for ‘Best Ride’ which can consist of anything from heaving barrels to progressive combinations. The top four clips will then move into the final.
The final four will then travel to Hawaii with the mySURF.tv crew where they will take part in the making of the Oakley Battle Clips feature film. Each surfer will have their own 2-3-minute film part.
The overall winner will be judged on their Oakley Battle Clips film part, decided by the expert judging panel and public opinion, with the winner taking home $20,000 grand prize and their filmer walking away with $5,000 of Nikon camera gear.
Entering the competition is simple: head to www.oakleybattleclips.com complete the registration form, upload your surf clip to Instagram tagging #OAKLEYBATTLECLIPS and you’ll be in the running to win. All qualification entries must be lodged by midnight (EDST) on September 30, 2017.
“We’re extremely excited for the next chapter of Oakley Battle Clips; with last year’s competition achieving over a million engagements we can’t wait for the competition to kick off and highlight Australia’s young surfing talent once again,” said Ben Goss, Oakley Brand Director.
“Surfing Australia is stoked to see the Oakley Battle Clips competition continue in 2017. The competition has already proved that Australia is a hotbed of young surfing talent and we are grateful to be working with Oakley to give our young Aussie surfers the recognition they deserve through this innovative digital content driven surfing comp,” added Andrew Stark, CEO of Surfing Australia.
The winner of the inaugural Oakley Battle Clips competition will be crowned at a special event and screening of the Oakley Battle Clips film at the Australian Boardriders Battle national final in Newcastle on February 16, 2018.
The Oakley Battle Clips competition is powered by www.mysurf.tv, Surfing Australia’s dedicated surf video platform. Visit, www.mysurf.tv for the latest Oakley Battle Clips content and updates.
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