What Is Blast Off ?
A School Holiday Program Like No Other
BL’s Blast Off is a pre junior surfing festival that is a fun-filled school holiday program designed and organised by 1988 World Surfing Champion Barton Lynch to celebrate the coming of summer and Australia’s rich surfing heritage. In it’s 9th year, Blast Off is for boys and girls 14 years and under and promises a holiday activity like no other.
The aim is to introduce young surfers to the world of competition in a friendly and encouraging environment that focuses on surf improvement and family fun.
Major sponsors include Hurley, Beecraft, Amazon Power, Health Space, Streetboardz, Beach Without Sand, Coastalwatch.com, Fuel TV, Surfing World Magazine, Perfect Wave Travel Co, Go Pro and Stacey Surfboards.
BL’s Blast Off runs every Spring school holidays and in 2014 will run from Monday September 22nd to Thursday September 25th at Palm Beach NSW, Whale 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 everyone loves.
At BL’s Blast Off, the kids get to meet and hang with the champions of the sport, seven-time ASP World Champ Layne Beachley is a regular attendee. Legends like Tom Carroll, Rabbit Bartholomew, Terry Richardson, and Damien Hardman, Ozzie Wright, Richie Lovett, and young guns like Kai Hing & Cooper Chapman are all there to inspire the kids.
In 2014 370 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 Centre (AMS), Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the Cancer Council of NSW, SurfAid, Surfrider Foundation and Palm Beach and Avalon SLSC.
In 2013 the money raised went to the Surfrider Foundation and in 2014 we will again support them.
The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia performs an exhibition at the event and for the last 7 years Blast Off has donated $1,000.00 on behalf of Active Tree Services and the event to the DSA.
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:
p/f. 02 9974 3333