The Bra Boys are a group of surfers from the Sydney suburb of Maroubra. The group is named after the Board Riders Association (BRA) though it is often thought that it is after their suburb: "Marou-BRA." Many members of the group have "Bra Boys" and Maroubra's post code "2035" tattooed on their backs.[1]

Notoriety Edit

Prominent members include rugby league players Reni Maitua and John Sutton, Byron Ford and Abberton brothers, Sunny, Jai and professional big wave surfing champion Koby. In May 2005 Jai was acquitted of a 2003 murder of standover man Tony Hines. Koby was handed a suspended nine month jail sentence after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice in the same matter.[2]

In late 2002, some members of the group attending a birthday party at the Coogee-Randwick RSL Club were involved in a brawl with a large group of off-duty Waverley, New South Wales, policemen and policewomen leaving a Christmas party on the same premises.[3]

In August 2005, the group led a protest of 100 people against parking meters near the local beaches.[4]

Following the Cronulla riots, in which the group was not involved but was subsequently targeted, the Abberton brothers held well-publicised meetings with other uninvolved groups to help ease tensions.[5] "I think that this is the start, the boys have agreed to come down and talk to us, to start some dialect between the groups, you know, to try and ease some tension", said Sunny Abberton in a group interview on The 7.30 Report.[6].

Background Edit

The "gang", as Bra Boys tend to be called, harks back as early as the 1960s. It is rooted in the urban history of Maroubra, a coastal suburb of Sydney, Australia.

Traditionally those in the group shared a similar demographic: low socioeconomic class and a high unemployment rate.

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