Le-Ba takes on the best

LE-BA Boardriders will take on some of the biggest names in surfing in an attempt to win the Jim Beam Surf Tag national final at local beaches this week.

The event started on Wednesday, February 22, and finals will be held on Thursday, February 23.

The Le-Ba team boasts two World Championship Tour surfers - Owen Wright and Adam Melling.

Stu Kennedy and James Wood, competitors on the WQS circuit, and Marcus Aboody, one of the region's most experienced surfers, make up the remainder of the team.

The national final will feature 24 clubs from around Australia, many of which will have some of the world's best surfers.

Kirra will feature former world champion Mick Fanning, while Snapper Rocks includes World No 2 Joel Parkinson.

Avoca will have Adrian Buchan, while Byron Bay has "the King of Pipe", the current Pipeline Masters champion, Kieren Perrow.

Le-Ba spokesman Jonny Hewett said it was a major coup for the local area to host the $15,000 event and some of the world's top surfers.

"It's just massive," he said.

The event is scheduled for North Wall, but it could be held anywhere in the Ballina Shire - wherever the surf is best.

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