Dean Attard

The second leg of the RAW Pro Juniors summer series is set to go down at North Avoca Beach this week (Sunday 10th January) and the action will be scorching.

This is the first time that a series dedicated towards junior bodyboarders has been staged and Terry McKenna, General Manager of IBA Australasia, says he is excited to take the event to the Central Coast.

“ The Central Coast is a hotbed of talent with a lot of gifted young Bodyboarders” said Mckenna.

“ The surf is always pretty consistent at North Avoca around this time of the year and with the school holidays in full swing we expect a big crowd”.

“ The first prize is a return trip to Hawaii for the first event on the IBA World Tour at Pipeline in Hawaii in February, so the best riders in the country will be pushing each other to get a win”.

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Jeff Hubbard

The odds of becoming a world champion athlete are extraordinary to begin with.

The odds of two brothers simultaneously holding world titles in separate divisions of the same sport are virtually incalculable.

Yet on Kaua‘i, one family has produced such a result.

Jeff and Dave Hubbard can each introduce themselves as 2009 International Bodyboarding Association world champions. Jeff claimed the Men’s Open season championship, while Dave grabbed the Drop Knee title.

The amazing result should not exactly come as a shock. It was Jeff’s second time winning the year-end honor (2006), while Dave is now a four-time world champ (2005, 2007, 2008).

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Wade McCurdy

Champion WA body boarder Wade McCurdy, 19, jumped from the Dawesville Bridge pedestrian underpass, south of Mandurah, with a mate about 1am last night.

The friend surfaced and managed to swim ashore but the teen failed to surface.

A woman was with the pair when they jumped about 20 metres to the water below.

Mr McCurdy's body was recovered from the Dawesville Cut this morning following a big search involving aircraft, divers, police launches and volunteers.

It was a further devastating blow to his family, who lost another son, Ryan, 22, at the same time last year when he fell out of a tree.

“Ryan was an elder brother who Wade really looked up to,” a family friend who did not want to be named said.

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