- 30 June 2010 | Bodyboarding
The British Bodyboard Club (‘BBC’) is delighted to confirm that the inaugural World Bodyboard Games is being held in Gran Canarias in the week following the Confital IBA tour event; namely 6-12 December 2010.
The event will have Open, Junior, Women’s and Drop Knee divisions; and the BBC has asked the BSA to enter a full team in the ISA sanctioned competition. The team will comprise of 2 Open BBers, 2 Junior, 1 Woman and 1 Drop Knee rider, along with a support staff of Coach and Manager.
Rich Hall, BBC Chairman said: “Many bodyboarders will remember the furore that erupted around the globe when the ISA stripped bodyboarding from the World Surfing Games. Many people thought that the WBBG would never happen, but the Spanish Federation has stepped into the breach and with a great bodyboard venue too”. He continued “we don’t know how often this event will run, but we’re backing it 100%. It looks set to be a great advert for bodyboarding”.
Running back to back with the IBA tour event, the competition is set to attract the world’s best bodyboarders to represent their host nations; and with European competitors doing so well on the world tour they will be in with a good shout against the powerhouses of Australia, Hawaii, Brazil and South Africa.
The BBC will be nominating competitors to represent team GB, using the Auto-Sleepers British tour and Nationals, European and international events as its principal drivers. First and second place on the ASG tour will be in contention for the 2 Open slots, whilst the other places will be decided on the basis of performance at the Nationals and/or other relevant events during 2010.
The BBC will be contributing financially itself towards sending the team to Gran Canarias and has just secured backing from a colaboration within the bodyboard industry. The BBC is also seeking an additional corporate partner and is pursuing a number of leads in this respect.