- 11 September 2010 | Bodyboarding
The Heatworks Pro has begun today with Knights Beach providing some thick three to four foot barrels for some of the worlds best Bodyboarders.
It is a case of five times lucky for the event, with Knights Beach miraculously coming through with the goods for the fifth year in a row, showing why it has become one of the favourite stops on the Rebel Sports Bodyboarding Pro Tour Calendar.
A light offshore wind and a building Southerly swell allowed for world class riders like David Winchester, Mitch Rawlins and Dallas Singer to showcase their bodyboarding skills in the epic conditions.
South Australian expat Eli Beach made the return back to his home break for the event and showed how valuable local knowledge is, blitzing the field in his first heat with a dominating win.
“It definitely helps growing up surfing the place and I really hope to win,” said Eli.
Hot favourite Mitch Rawlins progressed through the early rounds and eagerly anticipates the Knights Beach event every year.
“We always get great waves and great weather so it really makes me look forward to coming. The set up is awesome and it’s such a natural amphitheatre so it really encourages the boys to go hard out there.” Said Mitch.
“It can be a bit tricky, but I really want to win, that’s what I came down here to do”
Story of the day involved young Knights beach local, Carlo Petrou who surfed in a man on man heat against Mitch Rawlins and almost came through with a victory.
“Yeah there weren’t many waves out there and Carlo almost had me if he didn’t come unstuck on one of them so I was pretty lucky in the end. It’s great for the young guys down here to have the chance to surf with us and we love coming down here” said Mitch.
Receiving a round of applause for his efforts in the epic heat, Carlo said, “It was an awesome experience to surf against one of the best in the world and it was good to get close in the end and almost beat him”.
Number one seed Mark Parsons from the Central Coast has been in outstanding form, and has continued his hot run with highest heat score of the day with an 8.17.
The Heatworks Pro will conclude tomorrow and with the swell predicted to keep rising, carnage is almost guaranteed so be sure to check it out live at www.heatworkspro.com.
SOURCE: IBA Australasia