- 12 November 2009 | Bodyboarding
Conditions cleaned up considerably today and Duranbah dished up some consistent 1.0 metres wedges.
Jarred Houston of Cape Town in South Africa put on the most unbelievable display of surfing and is now crowd favourite to cause a major upset at this years event.
Houston knocked up a phenomenal 19.43 combined wave total which included a perfect 10 for a massive Air Roll Spin (ARS) and a 9.43 as his second scoring wave for a huge invert.
Second in his heat Conor Nelson managed to only put together 10.43, with Simon Cowan placing third with 10.50.
"I am really happy with how things went, I think that I got the best two waves that came through today so I couldn't do anything else, I just had to hit them" said Houston
Jarred Houston moved from South Africa six months ago as he wished to further his career in Bodyboarding.
Since moving he's been caught charging waves on the South Coast of NSW and he is rapidly growing a solid reputation whose surfing has been compared to Ben Player by many in the bodyboarding fraternity.
Still to come in the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro are appearances from former two times world champion Damian King and current world number two Dave Winchester,.
Also comes the much talked about showdown for the 2009 Australasian Rebel Sport Pro Tour Title between Jake Stone (Perth, WA) currently ranked second and tour leader Corey McLean (Miami, QLD).
Today the boys talked down the hype surrounding them, however both are keen on securing a first Aussie Pro Tour Title.
"There is a lot of hype, we both had a chat and laughed about how much hype there is about the event". said Corey.
"It is not going to make a difference that I am a local here considering what the conditions are like, so it's going to come down to who is better on the day".
"My pre event preparation has involved jumping off a lot of jetties, relaxing, hanging out with non-bodyboarders and not thinking about the event (laughs)".
"I have chased the tour for a few years, in 2006 I got a second to Ryan Hardy, I then decided to take a few years off and chase some photography opportunities, as that didn't really work out I came back on tour this year and have had a pretty good result, so first or second I am happy" said Corey
Jake Stone has been called the perennial bridesmaid of the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro Tour, after placing second in four separate events.
"It has been really close all of this year between Corey and me, he has had some great results and I have got four seconds, I will need to at least make the semi finals to beat him". Said Jake
"It's all come down to this, so I just hope that all of the effort in training and preparation that I have put in will pay off".
The Rebel Sport Pro plus the RAW National titles conclude this Saturday at Duranbah with the stage set for an epic finale to the 09 bodyboarding season.
SOURCE: IBA Australasia