2009 Auto-Sleepers British Bodyboard Nationals at Porthtowan 

The 2009 BSA/BBC Auto-Sleepers British Bodyboard Nationals were completed over the weekend, with impressive performances across all divisions and a new National Champion crowned.

With highly contestable waves all weekend at Porthtowan, the cream of British bodyboarding ripped the conditions apart in pursuit of the biggest prize pot in European national championship competition. The highlight was the Open and Drop Knee finals, with the winners needing near perfect scores to win.

The Women’s and age category divisions (Cadet – Under 16, Junior – Under 18, Senior – Over 28 and Masters – Over 35) were all completed on Saturday in two- to three-foot conditions. The Porthtowan banks were producing an abundance of open faces and rampy sections, so there was no shortage of opportunity for the competitors to strut their stuff.

The Under 16s saw Stephen Hall battle through the heats to successfully defend his title. Sam Newby upped his game to finish a creditable second, with Olly Bayliss third and James Moores fourth.

The Under 18s ultimately produced a memorable contest between Stephen Hall and Cian Salmon. These two, along with Luke Brabyn, dominated their respective early round heats and were clear favourites in the final. Jarryd Wingfield secured the last final berth with a late combo in his semi to progress. As it was, it was the looping el-rollos of Salmon that caught the judges’ eye in the final and secured the victory. Hall came second after a series of good combination moves but was missing any eye-catching moves above the lip line; he narrowly beat Brabyn into third and Wingfield into fourth place.

The Seniors saw current Welsh champion Mark ‘Splinter’ Griffiths qualify for the Over 28 division for the first time; and the diminutive former WSG representative saw off stiff competition to clinch the win. The Senior’s division produced the stand out surfing of the day through the heats, and saw Bjorn Storey, Dan Catten and Eldred Hawke (fresh from his victory in the Greenaway Pro competition the previous day) join Griffiths in the final. With the biggest waves of the day three-foot sets offered some high-performance lefthand rides as the tide pushed in. Splint secured victory with three big outside rolls on one wave; the judges all scored the ride in the excellent range.

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2009 Peniche Sumol Pro 

The last event on the E5'09 (IBA European leg) has been run and won by Brazilians Neymara Carvalho and Lucas Nogueira.

The surf was dropping and the event was finished on the Saturday to take advantage of the decreasing swell.

Neymara defeated fellow Brazilian Isabella Sousa and Lucas best Dave Winchester (Australia).

The IBA World Tour now packs up and heads towards Buzios in Brazil for a WWT & WMT event.

The Women and DK riders will go from there to Venezuela for the Bodyboard Pro festival.

Both the Mens and Women's world titles will be decided at Confital in the Canary Islands at the final Grand Slam for 2009.

Five or six riders are in contention for the crown in the Men and there are three or four potential outcomes in the Women so this year is shaping up as a fairy-tail finish for the IBAso make sure that you stay tuned to all the results.

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2009 Peniche Pro 

The opening day of the ultimate event on the IBA European leg got underway in foggy 3 footers in Peniche today.

The wave-rich area here in Peniche is renowned for good waves and today Lagido Beach served up some sweet left-handers off the reef.

The event saw a large contingent of riders come from Ireland and Darragh McCarter said that the sport is growing back home.

“Yes, it’s looking good back in Ireland. Lots of kids are pickin’ up bodyboards and we are seeing more and more guys in the line-up” said McCarter.

The best performer of the Irish team was Shane Macken who won his opening heat with a strong combination of moves netting him a 7.75 and 6.75 making him the rounds top scorer.

Macken placed 4th ISA World Bodyboarding games last year in Portugal.

Other R1 standout’s included Paulo Costa (Portugal) who has a rich history that spans back over a decade making him the pioneer of International bodyboarding from Portugal and fellow countryman and red-hot junior Dino Carmo.

R2 saw some outstanding performances from Portuguese guys like Bernardo Alvim, Diogo Silva, Antonio Cardoso, Joao Pinheiro, Helio Conda, Joao Barciela & Guilherme Guerra who all won their heats.

The Irish riders continued their run with Shane Mecken and Darragh McCarter both surfing their way into R3.

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