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The legendary Al Byrne. Photo: Mick Curley

The legendary Al Byrne. Photo: Mick Curley


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A few weeks ago, surfing lost one of its best players. Allan Byrne passed away after a motorcycle accident in Bali. The 62-year-old was there to compete in the Rip Curl Padang Padang Cup.

While renowned for his channel bottom concave surfboard design, Byrne was just as well known for his barrel riding. After winning the Pipe Masters back in ’81, Bryne spent a lifetime chasing perfect waves all over the world.

Due to existing health conditions, he wasn’t insurable on his trip to Bali, leaving his family with the cost of bringing him home.

As such, “The Festival of AB” will take place at the Gold Coast’s Currumbin Creek Tavern on September 14. It’s featuring Tumbleweed, an Australian rock band, and Melbourne’s Money for Rope. A long list of door prizes including a brand new AB hand-shaped board and a Mentawai surf boat holiday will also be available.

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Due to venue capacity, tickets for the Festival of AB are limited to 400. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Byrne’s family.

Featuring: Tumbleweed and Money For Rope
Where: Currumbin Creek Tavern, 3 Traders Way, Currumbin Waters
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. Doors open at 6pm
Tickets: $50 and available via Oztix. For more info, visit: sandsippas.com or facebook.com/SANDGoldCoast

Tickets also available at the following local cash payment/ticket collection venues: Hot Stuff Burleigh, Meridian World Travel Burleigh, Byrning Spears Factory Currumbin, World Surfaris (Kirra Surf) Kirra, and the Currumbin Creek Tavern, Currumbin.

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Prizes:
– Mentawai boat trip worth over $3,000
– Original AB hand shaped Byrning Spears surfboard worth over $2,000
– Rip Curl tide watch and wetsuit
– Surfer’s Pack including AB fins and tshirts
– Quiksilver prize pack and more to be announced

TOTAL VALUE OF PRIZES TO BE WON: Over $7,000 and counting.

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