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Chinan Boardriders Battle 2017: James McMorland leads Frenchmans to national finals

RISING STAR: James McMorland hits the lip for Frenchmans Boardriders in their wildcard host region trials victory at Newcastle Beach on Friday. Picture: Max Mason Hubers
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JAMES McMorland was the star asFrenchmans Boardriders booked their place in the n Boardriders Battle national finals on Friday.

McMorland, Dan Frodsham, Dale Thomas, Danielle Hancock, Lincoln Robards and Ethan Hartge scored6600 points in host regiontrials for a wildcard into this weekend’s event at Newcastle to edge out the East End (5825), Bay Area (5662)andRedhead (5050) clubs.

McMorland proved the difference forFrenchmans in the finalteams event, scoring an eight-pointer late as their “power surfer”, but Frodsham said the former Surfest Pro wildcard winner was a standout throughout at Newcastle.

“James was our man all day,” Frodsham said.“He just nailed it, getting sevens and eights, winning all his skins and getting that last wave eight.”

WINNERS: Frenchmans team James McMorland, Dan Frodsham, Lincoln Robards, Danielle Hancock and Ethan Hartge. Picture: Surfing /Nikon

Frenchmans take on Queenscliff,D’Bah and 2016 winners North Narrabeen in the teams and women’s first round on Saturday. They face North Narrabeen and North Avalon in the skins.

RIPPING IN: Jarrod Morrell, from East End Boardriders, gets the fins out in the host region trials at Newcastle on Friday. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Frodsham, Frenchmans’ over-35 surfer, said the club was excited to get through to the broadcast national final, which has $85,000 in prize money up for grabs.

“It’s an amazing concept to be part of,” he said.

McMorland stands tall for Frenchmans Chris Michalak from the Bay Area club.

James McMorland

Jarrod Morrell from East End Boardriders.

Dan Bernasconi from Redhead.

TweetFacebook ABB host region trials at NewcastlePhotographers from Max Mason-Hubers“I’ve watched it on TV the past two years and now we’ve got it here in Newcastle, it’s so good.”

McMorland was relieved to help get his club through to the final.

“The team event is definitely way more nerve racking but you just want to get it done for your club and we knew we could get the score,” McMorland said.

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