Joe Clarke: bodyboarding in

The surf god’s smiled on Australia’s best bodyboarders today as the swell increased overnight and rewarded competitors with great waves in the 4-6 feet range. Day two of the EBB Pro resumed in Yallingup in South West WA, and despite the conditions changing dramatically from day one the state’s biggest professional bodyboarding event was again blessed great competition waves.

A hollow and running right hander hosted some of the country’s best riders, all vying for the chance to claim the 2010 EBB Pro Title.

“The guys really lifted for the occasion, with some insane tubes and massive boosts.” Commented event head judge Danny Bycroft who had the hard task of determining the overall winners.

“All the guys were surfing so well that any of them could have won their heats. The standard of competition was so high because of the guys pushing each other to go deeper or bigger.” He commented.

The conditions made catching the good waves hard, with dumping sets and a lot of water moving around. But the best performers on day two were Dave Winchester (NSW), Chad Jackson (WA), Joe Clarke (QLD) and Brad Hughes (WA) who all progressed into Sunday’s semi finals with the best displays in round four and the quarter finals.

With a new experimental heat draw being trialed, competitors had the advantage of man on man heats. With a priority system in use the result was for some simply amazing heats with some of Australia’s best putting on a display for the strong crowds on the beach.

The new format also meant that some quality competitors were being eliminated. Big names such as Jake Stone (WA) Jones Russell (NSW), Michael Novy (QLD) and 2009 EBB Pro winner Corey McLean (QLD) also bowing out from the event.

Dave Winchester (NSW) was the pace setter on day two, continually posting the biggest scores and busting the biggest manoeuvres. Winchester posted a combined total of 19.06pts from a possible 20. Winchester also received a perfect 10 on his way to tomorrow’s semi finals.

WA pair and big wave tow partners Brad Hughes and Chad Jackson both impressed and kept WA chances alive with some solid scores on home soil. The pair have a chance of meeting in the final which would be a fairytale end to a great WA event.

Queenslander Joe Clarke will also feature in tomorrow’s semi finals after landing the day’s biggest ARS. His smooth and explosive style stood out and was a treat for the eye.

With four of Australia’s best body boarding talent still in contention for the 2010 EBB Pro Title, the final day is to reward only the best. With Heats kicking off at 7.40am tomorrow morning the EBB Pro again bless competitors with conditions looking great again for tomorrow. Tomorrow’s action will also include the final EBB State Series event, with WA’s best looking to secure place to the IBA Australasian National Titles in November.


Source: EBB