- 13 April 2011 | Bodyboarding
Hayato Enokido and Sar Oohara have claimed the 2011 Soldiers Beach Pro, in Australia. The Japanese bodyboarders completely dominated the event, in the aftermath of the earthquake and tragedy in their country.
Hayato Enokido beat some of the best riders in the world, including Mark McCarthy, Dave Winchester and Mitch Rawlins. The Japanese was clearly stoked.
"I am so happy. Now I will try to go to the Box Pro, in West Australia", said Enokido. The conditions were not perfect. Small waves are difficult for those who enjoy showing off huge aerial moves, but were surfable.
In Queensland, Enokido had already finished in second place, so he is now leading the fleet of the 2011 Rebel Sport Pro Tour with a comfortable margin. Damian King, from Port Macquarie, lost in the quarter finals.
"It is a good beach, but today it was weak and inconsistent. It's very different to the Grand Slam events, on the IBA World Tour, which are all held in extreme reef break locations, but everyone has to surf the same conditions I guess", said King.
Sar Oohara was also extremely happy with the Pro Women's victory. "Thank you everyone. It was such a good competition", said the smiling Japanese.
In the Drop-Knee division, Dave Winchester was the grand winner of the Soldiers Beach Pro. "Yes, it was another awesome event at Soldiers with a real carnival atmosphere", said Winny.