- 12 November 2009 | Bodyboarding
Conditions cleaned up considerably today and Duranbah dished up some consistent 1.0 metres wedges.
Jarred Houston of Cape Town in South Africa put on the most unbelievable display of surfing and is now crowd favourite to cause a major upset at this years event.
Houston knocked up a phenomenal 19.43 combined wave total which included a perfect 10 for a massive Air Roll Spin (ARS) and a 9.43 as his second scoring wave for a huge invert.
Second in his heat Conor Nelson managed to only put together 10.43, with Simon Cowan placing third with 10.50.
"I am really happy with how things went, I think that I got the best two waves that came through today so I couldn't do anything else, I just had to hit them" said Houston
Jarred Houston moved from South Africa six months ago as he wished to further his career in Bodyboarding.
Since moving he's been caught charging waves on the South Coast of NSW and he is rapidly growing a solid reputation whose surfing has been compared to Ben Player by many in the bodyboarding fraternity.
- 10 November 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day two of the RAW National titles was once again on at Duranbah today.
Typically of the Gold Coast the sun shone, the waves pumped and the bodyboarding standard was outstanding, as the competition progressed into the quarter and semi finals of all divisions.
The Grommets were first to hit the water and up and comer Matt Guinon was the star, blitzing both of his heats to place himself into the final.
The New South Welshman notched up an impressive 12.67 combined wave total with the youngster throwing down an impressive repertoire of moves.
Again the open men excelled in the water, with Port Macquarie's Chase O'Leary the stand-out surfer of the day.
O'Leary landed one of the first complete back-flips of the competition, moving from forth to first in the semi final, putting together a combined wave total of 11.24, nudging Joe Clarke (Burleigh Heads, QLD) into second position with 11.00.
"I just managed to find the right wave in the end with a good bowl, I landed that backflip and milked it as much as I could" said Chase
"D-bah is a similar wave to Breakwall back home, it's really peaky and there are a lot of bowls, so it feels like I am pretty much surfing at home".
- 09 November 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day one of the 28th annual RAW National Bodyboarding Titles commenced today at Duranbah Beach on the beautiful Gold Coast.
It was 1996 when the last bodyboarding national titles was held at the world famous beach break, and today the best bodyboarders in Australia were not left disappointed. Despite the tricky onshore conditions D-Bah served up some funky left and right hand wedges in the 1.0 to 1.5 metre range.
The blue ribbon division, the open men's was first in the water today, with the everyone throwing all on the line for national glory.
Central NSW Coaster Shaun Peterson set the pace early busting a massive Air Roll Spin combination and bagged a near perfect 9.73 wave average from the judges.
IBA International Head Judge Maurice Wakeling described Petersons surfing as the bench mark for competitive bodyboarding.
"He had one solid close-out roll, followed by a clean ARS on an outside wave, it is this kind of surfing that wins heats and titles". said Maurice.
Shaun has always been an under-rated talent and the humble father had this to say about conditions.