- 11 April 2010 | Bodyboarding
The Rebel Sport Bodyboarding Pro Tour has launched into its first official event with the QAB Pro this weekend at Duranbah.
The two star event worth AUD$4, 000 has attracted some of the worlds greatest bodyboarders, including multiple world tour winners from Hawaii Mike Stewart and Jeff Hubbard.
2009 World Champion, Jeff Hubbard made an early exit from the event finishing third in his round two heat, whilst Mike Stewart put on a great show to a star struck crowd, making it through to the semi finals where he narrowly missed out on progressing by 1.83 points.
Conditions at the renowned D-Bah were small however the international and domestic riders put on a radical display of new age bodyboarding.
In a surprise twist to the event, Japan's Hayato Kiramoto took out the comp with a massive combined wave total of 16.83.
Hayato is out visiting Australia for a holiday and happened to be on the Gold Coast in time for the event.
The Japanese rider took out Jarred Houston from South Africa with 14.53, Jake Stone from the Sunshine Coast with 13.10 and Jones Russell of Port Macquarie, NSW with 11.33.
"I am so happy, this is my first contest ever in Australia" Said Hayato
Hayato reveled in the Japanese like small conditions, and is now known for his massive ARS's (Air Rolls Spins).
"The Australian bodyboarders surf very well, the surf in Japan is normally small so it's similar to today".
The event also held the first Rebel Sport Pro Tour Drop Knee leg with South Africa's Daniel Worsley bagging the winners cheque, over Stevie Lloyd, Gal Larar and John Gibson.
The QAB Pro was made possible thanks to The Queensland Bodyboarding Association, Bodyboard Surf Co, Burleigh Bodyboard Shop, Inverted Bodyboarding Stores, Rebel Sport and IBA Australasia.
The Rebel Sport Pro Tour moves to Soldiers Beach on Thursday for the Soldiers Beach Pro, the Internationally rated event will showcase the worlds best bodyboarders and caries a US$20, 000 prize purse.