- 10 March 2009 | Bodyboarding
After a five year absence the IBA Australasian Pro Bodyboarding Tour will make a welcome return to the Central Coast as the Soldiers Beach Pro gets set to blow-up later this month.
Taking place on the pristine, wave-rich Central Coast, the Soldiers Beach Pro will see 250 of Australia’s best riders converging on the region for a four-day festival.
Encompassing more than just the cut-throat competition, usually reserved for the world’s best athletes, the Soldiers Beach Pro will also see the celebration of the sport of bodyboarding.
Featuring an outdoor movie night, athlete signings, clinics and some after dark entertainment – beginning from 26 March 2009 – the Soldiers Beach Pro will be one not to missed.
As the second event on the 2009 IBA Australasia Pro Tour, the event will feature some of the biggest names in the sport.
Current IBA World Tour ratings leader, Ryan Hardy (Margaret River, WA), is fresh off a win at Pipeline and is amped for the contest.
“Its been a while since we have had a contest on the Central Coast,” Hardy admitted.
“This area has a lot of great waves and a long history of great competitors so I am pumped for a good result,” he added
Reigning IBA Australasian Champion Dave Winchester has also confirmed his attendance for the event and is looking forward to defending his title in 2009.
“Last year the waves were great and the competition was tough and it helped me to push myself to a new level,” said Winchester.
“I used this National Tour to tune up for the World Tour and in the end it got me a Top 16 finish on the World Tour.”
Leading the local charge will be Dave Crowley (Wamberal, NSW) and Mark Parsons (Copacabana, NSW), both of whom are looking for a great result.
Parsons, at the ripe age of 15, is the youngest ever Top 16 member of the IBA Australasian Pro Tour and is also one of the hottest talents in world bodyboarding.
Whilst Crowley, who represented Australia in Portugal last year at the ISA World Surfing games, is currently rated number 13 in the world is really excited about quality competition returning to the Central Coast.
“Bodyboarding is really booming on the central coast at the moment. The local club has over 100 members and this event will help to push the sport locally as well as show off our amazing beaches” said Crowley.
The event will also showcase the best amateur riders in the State as round one of the NSW titles runs in conjunction with the event.
Action begins Thursday 26th at 7am and the finals will be staged at 3pm on Sunday 29th.
Live webcast at www.ibaaustralasia.com
SOURCE: IBA Australasia