Oakley Battle Clips Shines a Light on Australia’s Young Surfing Talent

Oakley Battle Clips is back for 2018 to once again bring attention to Australia’s young surfing talent and also reward those behind the camera. After five months of barrels, turns and battles for the best air, Battle Clips is down to four finalists with the winner to be crowned later this week.

For the final round, the four finalists travelled to Hawaii with the mySURF.tv crew to each shoot a 2-3 minute video which will be included in the Oakley Battle Clips surf film.

The voting period has already closed, with public opinion via social media making up a third of the overall judging score. An expert panel of Surfing Australia and Oakley representatives will determine the overall winner who will take home the grand prize of $20,000 cash and $5,000 of Nikon camera gear.

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The winner will be crowned at a special event and screening of the Oakley Battle Clips film at the Nudie Australian Board Rider’s Battle National final in Newcastle on 16 February 2018. Now let’s take a look at the finalists:

Mitch Parkinson, Coolangatta, QLD – Mitch comes from a strong surfing pedigree which has seen him grow into one of Australia’s best young surfing talents. Mitch has been chasing his dream of earning a place on the WSL Championship Tour, without the backing of a major sponsor. Mitch is funding his Qualifying series campaign through working his day job as a landscaper, recently placing first in the Taiwan Open of Surfing.

 

Nick Vasicek, Coolangatta, QLD – Nick has earned the reputation of one of the best backhand tube riders in the world. Nick, otherwise known as “Vasa” came within a whisker of qualifying for the WSL Championship Tour in 2015 and has since been grinding his way through the QS to make the top 34. When he’s not competing, you can be sure to find Nick chasing swells around the globe.

 

Soli Bailey, Byron Bay, NSW – Soli first began surfing at the age of two. He’s undoubtedly one of Australia’s hottest young competitive prospects. A stylish and powerful natural-footer, Soli’s recent successes include a 1st place in the 2016 Volcom Pipeline Pro and 3rd place in the 2017 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.

Luke Hynd, Burleigh Heads, QLD – Luke has ditched the competition scene to pursue a career as a freesurfer, focusing all of his attention on travelling the globe in search of perfect waves. Luke AKA “Louie” has earned a reputation as one of the most stylish and progressive surfers in the world, and with the support of major sponsors such as Rip Curl, Louie has already travelled to some of the best surfing locations on the planet, shooting surf clips and pushing his surfing to the limits.

For everyone who can’t make it to the Nudie Australian Board Rider’s Battle National final in Newcastle this coming Friday, A MySurf TV– Oakley Battle Clips Special will air on Channel 9 at 10 am on Sunday 18th February.

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