- 27 April 2010 | Bodyboarding
The WA bodyboarding community is currently buzzing with anticipation for the opening event of the 2010 EBB WA State Bodyboard Series, which set to begin next weekend at the now world famous Mandurah Wedge.
It has been a long time between drinks since the IBA Australasia National Titles in Queensland last year, and WA’s best bodyboarders have been fine tuning their skills in hopes to qualify for the 2010 WA State Bodyboard Team which will travel back to D-Bah, Queensland in November.
The EBB WA State Bodyboard Series offers WA competitors a chance to compete in some of the best waves the state has to offer, whilst also mixing it up with some of the true professionals of the sport.
Mandurah Wedge is a high performance break that has been a mecca for many bodyboarders lately and will surely attract a stellar field of new and exciting entrants, keen to step up to the challenge that the ‘Medge’ so often offers.
After the huge success of the same event in 2009, which saw the likes of Ryan Hardy (Scarborough), Chad Jackson (Woodlands), Chris White (Scarborough) and Alex Halsey (Woodvale) all competing it was a great opportunity for WA bodyboarders to compete against some of the world’s best riders.
With a huge number of WA bodyboarders now competing at the highest level, this is chance for some emerging talent to forge a name for themselves at arguably one of the best bodyboarding waves in WA.
Some of the hot talent eager to be part of the action include Lewy Finnegan (Ocean Reef), Ben Vietch (Margaret River), Ryan Hands (Mandurah) Lee Szcepanski (Margaret River) and current U14 National Title holder Davis Blackwell (Mandurah), who will use his local knowledge in an attempt to secure back to back National Titles.
Although it has been a pretty wave starved couple of months in the Perth area, the outlook for next week is looking positive, and with this years series travelling to Mandurah, Scarborough and culminating with the EBB Pro in the South-West. Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks is excited about the prospects of the series for 2010.
“WA has been leading the charge in the sport lately and I think it’s important to reward the competitors with the best waves we can. We’d never run an event at the Wedge before 2009 and it was so good that we had to come back.” Said Majeks.
This year’s series will be the best to date with some new sponsors getting behind the event and pushing the future of bodyboarding in WA in the right direction.
“The response from the sponsors has been simply outstanding, we have more people onboard this year than ever before, which Im sure will make for some stoked kids come finals time.” He continued.
Mandurah Wedge and the surrounding breaks provide some of the most consistent and contestable waves in the whole metro area and with the sand moving in to position nicely at the Wedge, event officials are looking forward to an awesome opening round of competition.