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 12th 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.
Major sponsors include Hurley, Beecraft, GoPro, Amazon Power, SunBum, Spy Optics, Surf Meal Co, Lifestyle Business Services, 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 2017 will run from Tuesday September 26st to Friday September 29th at Whale Beach NSW, with Palm Beach and Avalon as 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’s not just a surf contest but a family surf festival, a coaching program and has other activities such as the Blast Off Grom Summit, The welcome BBQ, Blast Off Idol and a whole lot more. 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 the professional coaches 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 World Champion Layne Beachley who is a regular attendee. Many other world champions stop by as well including Tom Carroll, Rabbit Bartholomew, Damien Hardman, Ben Player – World Bodyboard champion, Big wave chargers Justin “Jughead” Allport and Dylan Longbottom, Pro’s Nathan Hedge, Austin Ware, Richie Lovett, Toby Martin and young guns like Cooper Chapman are all there to inspire the kids.
In 2017 350 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.
The Blast Off Grom Summit presented by Coastalwatch
2017 will see the first ever Grom Summit to be held Monday 25th September at Avalon SLSC.
It will be an educational and informative evening with expert guest speakers providing the kids and their parents with advice on subjects such as how to get sponsored, how to get published in a surf mag, how to properly and safely use social media, how to choose the right equipment and how to prepare for competition.
The evening is free of charge to all the kids and families entered in Blast Off.
The Blast Off welcome BBQ supported by Beach Without Sand and Hurley
The welcome BBQ is at Beach Without Sand surf shop at North Avalon on the evening of Tuesday 26th and is free of charge for all Blast Off families. There are free raffles and lots of prize giveaways, a sausage sizzle and we run our skate comps on the evening as well.
GoPro Blast Off Idol
Blast Off Idol will be held on Thursday the 28th September at Club Palm Beach, it is 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.
There is also a participants lucky draw supported by Streetboardz, The Sun bum performers of the day awarded over the first three rounds, Tarp Surfing and a heap of other fun and games.
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 has raised donations for the Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS), Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the Cancer Council NSW, Surf Aid, The Surfrider Foundation, Palm Beach and Avalon SLSC.
In 2017 we will again support The Surfrider Foundation via a raffle with a trip to Bali as first prize donated by The Perfect Wave Travel Group.
The Disabled Surfers Association DSA of Australia has been attending the event for the last 9 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 2017.
And with the support of the Surfrider Foundation we will again conduct a beach clean up at the event on Wednesday 27th.
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 [email protected]
Phone: +61 401 864 833
EVENT HOTLINE NUMBER 0457 482 080