Chase O'Leary: he will join the elite boys

Chase O'Leary has done it. The Port Macquarie bodyboarder secured a golden ticket for The Box Pro, after winning the trials ahead of more than 60 international riders.

The 21 year-old confirmed his technique by performing consistent trickas and moves, including ARS’s (Air Reverse Spins) and back-flips, in the one-to-two metre waves of Gas Bay, near Margaret River.

O'Leary earned 2000 GQS points and places him neck-and-neck with another Aussie, Tom Rigby, at the top of the Global Qualifying Series (GQS) rankings. In the end of the year, the best eight bodyboarders of the GQS will confirm a seat on the 2012 IBA Grand Slam Series World Tour.

The other successful trialists to earn seeds into the main event today were: Rigby, Mitch Woodland, day one standout Nick Omerod, Sam Bennett, Cade Sharp, Keahi Parker and Joe Clarke.


Clarke scored a perfect-10 point ride to earn his slot, setting the beach alight with an incredible roll during his quarter final that saw him project from the lip to the heavens.

Tomorrow, Thursday April 14, is the first day of the waiting period, though the current surf forecast suggests a start at the primary venue of The Box, on Friday.

The IBA Box Pro will see the debut of the new GSS format that features three non-elimination rounds. The format gives all contestants a fairer chance in varying conditions, as well as giving fans a greater opportunity to see their favourite riders in action.