2009 Búzios Bodyboarding

After the European IBA World Tour leg the next event of the tour is the Búzios Bodyboarding 2009 that will take place in Geribá Beach, Rio de Janeiro. 

The competition will distribute $35.000 and 1000 points on the world ranking.

This is the last mens event before the Confital Grand Slam and the last opportunity for some riders to get precious points and still fight for the 2009 world title. 

Today 5 competitors have real chances of winning the 2009 world tour.
Here are some predictions counting the Búzios International event:
 
Jeff Hubbard
Has a comfortable lead on the tour. If he wins Búzios and gets to the final in Confital, he can be declared world champion.
 
Dave Winchester
Needs drastically a 2nd good result on a international event. If he comes to Buzios and get the result that he need, he will go to Confital with much more chances of fighting for the world title this year. I
 
Ryan Hardy
Doesn’t has good results on international events. If Ryan wins Buzios he will shorten the difference from almost 600 points to only 90 towards Jeff Hubbard. This will put him on the race for the world title that will be decided in Confital.
 
Mike Stewart
If Mike wins at Buzios he will change his 2nd best international result (a 3rd in Viana Pro) and will get closer to Jeff. Not changing this result will make things harder for him in the Confital Grand Slam.
 
Guilherme Tâmega
Winning Buzios will make GT change his 2nd worse score in international events(2nd ate Viana do Castelo) and will help him in the race for the world title.

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2009 Knights Beach Pro

The 2009 Knights Beach Pro has been put on hold until 7am on Sunday, due to small and junky onshore waves, but anticipation is high with the promise of some amazing conditions.

Conditions were not contestable as an early onshore wind caused the small 1-2ft waves to deteriorate.

South Australian brothers and local boys Eli and Dylan Beach were relieved that the competition was held off until tomorrow.

"Tomorrow is looking like one of the best days in a while at Knights, so we're wrapped that the contest will be held in awesome conditions,” remarked Eli.

As the penultimate event on the 2009 Rebel Sports Pro Tour, the Knights Beach Pro is and has traditionally been a key event for any riders hoping to win the Australasian title.

With an honour roll that reads like a who’s who of international bodyboarding, the best of the best will be on show this weekend as the likes of Mitch Rawlins (WA) Michael Novy (Qld)  Jake Stone (Qld) Jones Russell and Dallas Singer (NSW) get set for a show-stopping shootout.

The action kicks off on Sunday, 20 September 2009 at 7am, with the event to be streamed live at www.knightsbeachpro.com.

The Knights Beach Pro 2009 is supported by The Government of South Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, The Office of Recreation and Sport - Be Active, Coopers Brewery, Swellnet, Surfing South Australia and the International Bodyboarding Association Australasia.

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Jeff Hubbard

The Hawaiian pro bodyborder Jeff Hubbard is leading the 2009 IBA World Tour rankings after the fifth European event held in Peniche, Portugal.

His brother, Dave Hubbard, currently leads the DK World Tour.

The IBA World Tour rankings:

1 Jeff Hubbard Hawaii  6220
2 Dave Winchester Australia 5660
3 Ryan Hardy Australia 5630
4 Mike Stewart Hawaii  5333
5 Gui. Tamega Brazil  5260
6 Pierre L. Costes France  5050
7 Amaury Laverhne Reunion  4970
8 Ben Player Australia 4460
9 Mark McCarthy Sth Africa 4440
10 Uri Valadao Brazil  4277
11 Dave Hubbard Hawaii  4270
12 Lucas Nogueira Brazil  3966
13 Paulo Barcellos Brazil  3965
14 Eder Luciano Brazil  3916
15 Magno Oliveira Brazil  3911
16 Michael Novy  Australia 3810
17 Hugo Pinheiro Portugal 3770
18 Manuel Centeno Portugal 3740
19 Luis Villar Brazil  3700
20 Diego Cabrera Spain  3500

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