Joe Clarke

Day two of the RAW National titles was once again on at Duranbah today.

Typically of the Gold Coast the sun shone, the waves pumped and the bodyboarding standard was outstanding, as the competition progressed into the quarter and semi finals of all divisions.

The Grommets were first to hit the water and up and comer Matt Guinon was the star, blitzing both of his heats to place himself into the final.

The New South Welshman notched up an impressive 12.67 combined wave total with the youngster throwing down an impressive repertoire of moves.

Again the open men excelled in the water, with Port Macquarie's Chase O'Leary the stand-out surfer of the day.

O'Leary landed one of the first complete back-flips of the competition, moving from forth to first in the semi final, putting together a combined wave total of 11.24, nudging Joe Clarke (Burleigh Heads, QLD) into second position with 11.00.

"I just managed to find the right wave in the end with a good bowl, I landed that backflip and milked it as much as I could" said Chase

"D-bah is a similar wave to Breakwall back home, it's really peaky and there are a lot of bowls, so it feels like I am pretty much surfing at home".

Joe Clarke, who theoretically is still in contention for the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro Tour is enjoying the competitiveness of the open men's as he warms up for the pro event commencing later this week.

"I didn't see where Chase went in that heat, I saw him getting a few little ones so I didn't think he was up on me, but I got through to the final so that's the main thing" Joe said.

"I am feeling good and looking forward to the finals now, the conditions cleaned up today and there were plenty of waves to be had"

Joe and Chase will take on Sam Bennett (NSW) and David Lohan (Sunshine Coast, QLD) in the open Mens finals which will take place this Saturday.

Tomorrow will be a big day for the bodyboarding festival with the final leg of the Rebel Sport Pro Tour hitting town, The Rebel Sport Pro.

64 of Australasia's best pro bodyboarders are lining up, including the likes of international riders Mitch Rawlins (QLD) and Dave Winchester (NSW), plus Aussie Tour contenders Corey McLean (Miami, QLD) and Jake Stone (Sunshine Coast, QLD).

The event will wind up Saturday the 14th of November, which will combine the finals from both professional and amateur divisions.


SOURCE: IBA World Tour