Dean Attard

The second leg of the RAW Pro Juniors summer series is set to go down at North Avoca Beach this week (Sunday 10th January) and the action will be scorching.

This is the first time that a series dedicated towards junior bodyboarders has been staged and Terry McKenna, General Manager of IBA Australasia, says he is excited to take the event to the Central Coast.

“ The Central Coast is a hotbed of talent with a lot of gifted young Bodyboarders” said Mckenna.

“ The surf is always pretty consistent at North Avoca around this time of the year and with the school holidays in full swing we expect a big crowd”.

“ The first prize is a return trip to Hawaii for the first event on the IBA World Tour at Pipeline in Hawaii in February, so the best riders in the country will be pushing each other to get a win”.

Tom Rigby (Gold Coast) Sam Bennett, Chase O’Leary & Charlie Holt (Port McQuarie) will take on the locals led by Dean Attard .

“ I am excited” said Attard.

“ The waves have been pretty bad lately so I hope we get some good conditions for the event”.

Attard listed Luke Mills (The Entrance) Jordan Peat (Kincumber) and Matt Guignon (Copacabana) as the other top contenders from the Central Coast.

The first round of the series was won by Copacabana local Mark Parsons making him ineligible for the rest of the series.

The event is a one-day winner-take-all affair.

Bodyboarding is enjoying a boom worldwide and the sport is fast gaining recognition as one of the big movers in the action sports industry.

Its easy entry level combined with the aerial antics of the top end riders make it an attractive package to sponsors, spectators and participants.

“ Its still a grass roots sport” said McKenna.

“ And when something is grass roots its cool and appealing to kids”.

“ The sport is structured well from top to bottom and the young guys in the competition arena have a big future to look forward to” he added.

Competition will get underway at 8am this Sunday at North Avoca Beach with competitors to meet at 7am.


SOURCE: IBA Australasia