About Blast Off

A School Holiday Program Like No Other


BL’s Blast Off is a pre junior surfing festival that is a fun-filled Spring school holiday program designed and organised by 1988 World Surfing Champion Barton Lynch to celebrate the coming of summer and contribute to Australia’s rich surfing heritage. In it’s 11th year, Blast Off is for boys and girls 14 years and under and promises a school holiday activity like no other.The aim is to introduce young surfers to the world of competition but in a friendly and encouraging environment that focuses on surf improvement and family fun.

The aim is to introduce young surfers to the world of competition but in a friendly and encouraging environment that focuses on surf improvement and family fun.

Major sponsors include Hurley, Beecraft, GoPro, Amazon Power, Health Space, Future Fins, Beach Without Sand, Coastalwatch.com, Surfing World Magazine, Perfect Wave Travel Co, Streetboardz, Lost by Mayhem, Kommunity Project.

BL’s Blast Off runs every Spring school holidays and in 2016 will run from Monday September 26st to Thursday September 29th at Whale Beach NSW, Palm Beach and Avalon are the back up venues.

Divisions include Boys 14’s, 12’s, 10’s, 8’s and 6s and Girls 14, 12’s, 10’s, 8s and 6’s.

A Unique Event 

BL’s Blast Off has many unique characteristics that set it apart from the rest. It runs during the week instead of the usual weekend, giving kids (who are on school holidays) the run of the beach. Every participant surfs at least two times before anybody is eliminated and heats are not scored on points. Instead, surfers are placed 1st to 6th based on their overall performance and are given advice and coaching to help them improve and assist them in the next round.


Meet The Champions

It is incredible to watch the kids improve day by day under the guidance of a world champion and for them to enjoy the activities, games and heaps of family fun generated. BL’s Blast Off is not just the participants but is creating a carnival atmosphere that the whole family loves.

At BL’s Blast Off, the kids get to meet and hang with the champions of the sport including seven-time ASP World Champion Layne Beachley who is a regular attendee. Many other world champions stop by as well including Tom Carroll, Rabbit Bartholomew, Damien Hardman, Terry Richardson – Former World Masters champ, Harley Ingleby – World longboard champion, Ben Player – World Bodyboard champion, Big wave chargers Justin “Jughead” Allport and Dylan Longbottom, Pro’s Nathan Hedge, Austin Ware, Richie Lovett and young guns like Cooper Chapman are all there to inspire the kids.

In 2016 360 kids will participate in Blast Off with every entrant receiving a prize bag full of goodies from the sponsors. Finalists receive incredible prizes from 1st through to 6th in every division.

Blast Off Idol

There is an evening celebration – Blast Off Idol, our very own talent search competition that allows the kids to show us their other talents and includes the presentation of the Keenest Groms Awards to the first entries received in each division.


 A Helping Hand For Others

BL’s Blast Off has raised donations for the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS), Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the Cancer Council NSW, SurfAid, Surfrider Foundation and Palm Beach and Avalon SLSC.

In 2016 we will again support the AMS via a raffle for a signed Blast Off jersey signed by the stars of surfing including Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Tyler Wright, Filipe Toledo, Jordy Smith, Mick Fanning and others.

The Disabled Surfers Association DSA of Australia has been attending the event for the last 8 years and Blast Off has donated $1,000.00 on behalf of Active Tree Services and the event to the DSA each year and will again in 2016.

Blast Off also donates to the local schools – Avalon Primary and Barrenjoey High.

Let’s Have A Blast

BL’s Blast Off is not about who wins but about having a blast with your family and friends and building community spirit.

For more information contact:

Barton Lynch

HOTLINE NUMBER 0457 482 080

e. [email protected]

p/f. 02 9974 3333