Australia’s First Man-Against-Man Video Competition For Surfers – Oakley Battle Clips

Oakley Battle Clips is Australia’s first man-against-man video competition for young surfers looking to elevate their careers to the next level. It’s also an outlet for budding filmmakers to be recognised for their skills behind the camera. The competition is down to the final four competitors, and public voting is now open for surf fans to have their say on who should take home the prize money.

We had a chat with the surfers to find out what it’s like making the finals and what they would do with the prize money if victorious.


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Brent Dorrington

Brent Dorrington aka “Midget Mike” is known for his big wave capabilities. The 28-year-old from the Gold Coast has previously taken out the Scottish Cold Water Classic and is a member of the notorious Mad Hueys clan.

What has been the most exciting part of the Oakley Battle Clips experience?
Getting picked to go to Hawaii, wasn’t really expecting it and had an awesome time.

While filming your part, where was your favourite wave?
There were only really 2 swells and it was really crowed but we had an awesome session out at Rocky Point.

If you win, what are your plans for the prize money?
I have not really thought that through yet, don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch….. but actually put a few kegs on at Rainbow Bay Surf club and give it back to the people….. to the supporters and all the people that voted.

 

 

Soli Bailey

Soli Bailey grew up in Byron Bay and was learning to surf long before he kicked the diapers. Since the age of 2, Soli has had a taste of the ocean and now at 21, he travels the world, competing and living out his dream.

What has been the most exciting part of the Oakley Battle Clips experience?
I think one of the most exciting times for me was the anticipation of whether or not I was going to make the final. Being one of the four finalist in Hawaii was obviously amazing!

While filming your part, where was your favourite wave?
There were heaps of fun waves during our stay in Hawaii but the best part of the trip for me was Backdoor on an overhead northwest swell, perfect conditions.

If you win, what are your plans for the prize money?
It’s definitely a lot of money in one hit, I guess the smart thing to do would be to put it in the bank for future purposes but I definitely would love to have a bit of fun with some of it…

 

 

Sheldon Simkus

Sheldon Simkus began surfing at Tweed Heads. Like many Aussie surfers the 19-year-old got his first taste of the ocean at Nippers, and he’s been entering surf comps since the age of 7.

What has been the most exciting part of the Oakley Battle Clips experience?
I’d easily have to say the trip to Hawaii was by far the most exciting moment during the battle clips competition. Hawaii was about being able to stay on Sunset and go surfing everyday! It is all about getting amazing waves and getting good clips with the other finalists – it was great experience.

What has been the most exciting part of the Oakley Battle Clips experience?
Filming a part on the North Shore is a hard task as it is crowded most days when there are waves. My favorite spot would have to be the stretch of beach from Pipeline, Backdoor and Off the Wall. All three waves are different but crazy waves that are only a few hundred meters apart.

If you win, what are your plans for the prize money?
If i win it would be awesome to put some money towards a house.

 

 

Jack Robinson

At 18, Jack Robinson is the youngest of the bunch. Hailing from Margaret River, WA, Jack’s been making waves since the age of 8 where he was competing against surfers twice his age and winning.

The finalist’s footage was shot in Hawaii by the mySURF.tv crew where each surfer had 2-3 minutes to show the world what they can do. Now it’s up to you to watch the finalist’s videos and vote for who you think should win. Voting is open until the 13th February with public opinion accounting for a third of the overall judging score determined by views, likes, shares and comments over social media.

In addition, the finalists will be judged by an expert panel of Surf Australia and Oakley representatives. The winner will be crowned during a special event screening of the Oakley Battle Clips film at the Nudie Australian Board Riders National Final in Newcastle on February 17th. The winner takes home $20,000 prize money while the filmmaker walks away with $5,000 worth of Nikon camera gear.

A MySurf TV Oakley Battle Clips special will air on Channel Nine at 10 am on the 18th February.

Vote now

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