Ben Player 

Bodyboarders from Manning Great Lakes Bodyboarding Assoc. (MGBA) invite all riders to The Old Bar Beach Festival Bodyboarding Contest on Sunday 4th October.

The event has been organised by the Beach Festival Committee and the recently formed MGBA, which was previously known as The Forster/Tuncurry Bodyboarding Assoc. and the Old Bar Beach Bodyboard Club.

Terry McKenna, the General Manager of International Bodyboarding Assoc. (IBA) will be commentating the contest. Terry has been commentating for over 15 years and is the main commentator for the prestigious Surfest in Newcastle . Judges include Maurice Wakeling of Bodyboarding NSW and Garth McGregor a pioneer in bodyboarding from Newcastle.

Already the contest organisers have received interest from entrants from Sydney, Port Macquarie and Newcastle. The event can take up to 64 competitors and divisions include junior, cadet, opens, women’s and drop knee.

Professional Bodyboarders, Ben Player (2005 and 2007 World Champion) and Chad Jackson from Grand Flavour will be at the event to meet the bodyboarders. Grand Flavour and Low Pressure Surf Co will host a surf fashion parade at 11:00am as part of the beach festival and bodyboarding contest.

A free bodyboarding coaching clinic will be on offer for anyone who is interested in learning how to bodyboard. A Flipper competition will be on at 10am and prizes will be given.

Science bodyboards will be available for testing which means that anyone looking at buying a new bodyboard can test the board to ensure it rides well before they buy it. Contest organiser Melynne Rosamond says ‘This is a great idea because buying a bodyboard is a large investment for any young person and parents and there is nothing worse than buying a board you don’t like and then being stuck with it’.