Mark McCarthy

South African bodyboarder Mark McCarthy has taken out the Soldiers Beach Pro presented by Solid Bodyboarding in perfect one- metre waves on the Central Coast of NSW.
 
McCarthy, who surfed  flawlessly in the final - with a series of highflying back flips and ARS (Air, Roll, Spin) manoeuvres, defeated Queenslander Jake Stone, Port Macquarie’s Sam Bennett and Western Australia’s Mitch Rawlins in the 30 minute final.
 
This was the second event on the Rebel Sport Pro Tour for 2009 and McCarthy will now head to Brazil to contest the IBA world tour events in April.
 
“I’m really stoked to get the win,” an elated McCarthy said.
 
“This has been an awesome event and I’m really looking forward to coming back here.”

Runner-up Jake Stone has now taken the lead on the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro Tour and is looking forward to the next event in Victoria in May.
 
“A win would have been better, but ill still take two second’s,” laughed Stone.
 
“Mark is an incredible talent and always hard to beat,” Stone added graciously.
 
Former world champion Damien King showed his versatility and reinstated his competitive nature with a win in the Pro Drop Knee division.
 
The Soldiers Beach Pro saw around 220 competitors battle across 13 divisions, over 4 days, with round 1 of the NSW state titles combining with the Pro event.
 
Local hero Shaun Petersen won the blue ribbon Open Men’s division and was the man to beat from the get go, posting several 10-point rides on his way to the title.
 
The Rebel Sport Pro Tour now moves south to Victoria for round three in May, once again combining with the Victorian State Bodyboarding Championships.

Soldiers Beach Pro was made possible by the Wyong Shire council, Toukley Greater Vision, The Beachcomber Hotel, Solid Body Board Specialists and Dunes International.


SOURCE: Surfing NSW