- 12 November 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day four of the 2009 RAW National Titles and Rebel Sport Pro was once again held today at Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast.
The day was filled with action both on and off the water, which included 2 times world champion Damien King (Port Macquarie) surfing and a 1.5 metre brown snake popping in for a visit to the 2009 national titles.
Conditions stayed similar to yesterday, with waves in the one metre range and despite the diminishing conditions through out the day the amazing weather keep punters happy.
King, the seasoned competitor did just enough to progress through to the forth round notching up a 12.47 combined wave total to take second place in his heat.
Winning the heat was Max Arent (Northern Sydney Beaches, NSW) who put together a stellar performance against the former world champion putting together a 2 wave combination of 16.14. The pair took down Ewan Donachie (Northern Beaches) and Jordan Putland (QLD).
"I worked myself up before that heat, I got two early waves and that gave me the lead I needed" said Max
"I am really enjoying the tour this year and it is great that all of the top guys are doing it and ripping, which is making it really competitive".
- 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".