- 09 July 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day 2 of The Wedge Classic 09, which is brought to you by Nomad Bodyboards, Bitou Tourism and The Surf Store, saw us blessed with an unbelievable day of perfect weather and an amazing turnout of supporters and spectators. Winds were light, clean offshore, with small, but very contestable waves. Although the waves were only peaking in the 2 - 3ft range riders in all divisions put together all their possible manoeuvres to advance into the next rounds.
Round 1 of the Drop Knee (DK) division, saw the only lady competitor in the division, Nikki Gericke, being eliminated. Gericke showed no fear when it came to riding DK and could have been a threat to her fellow competitors had she made it through. She has vowed to be back next year to challenge the male dominated division.
There were numerous standouts during today's event with young gun, Adam Waites, from Durban, securing a place in both the Pro and Junior division finals. Capetonian, Daniel Worsley, cruised through the DK semi final with solid floaters, good top to bottom turns and exceptional barrel riding skills. Daniel put on a solid performance and will also feature in the Pro finals.
Last years "King of the Wedge", Vaughn Harris, destroyed his Pro quarter final with air roll spin (ARS) to roll combo's and a tweaked invert, but failed to follow on the momentum to make the finals with Michael "Ratt" Ostler (Durban), and Adam Waites, taking 1st and 2nd position in the heat and advancing through.
- 08 July 2009 | Bodyboarding
The first day of The Wedge Classic 09 kicked off with round 1's of all divisions in very trying, but contestable 2 -3 ft conditions at The Wedge, in Plettenberg Bay.
During the day the winds swung from offshore to onshore with swell increasing slightly for riders to give a better show of their contest riding abilities. Using a 3 man panel out of 4 judges, it wasn't hard to pinpoint the standouts of the day.
In the Junior division, Aden Kleve, was the clear standout with smooth clean textbook riding, which saw him advance to the semi final
In the Men's division, Douw Steyn, advanced through to semi finals, with good barrel riding to roll combos, where he will meet winner of the Men's division at The Wedge Classic 2007 and 2008, local lad, Ryan Jucker.
In the DK division Nomad team rider, Sacha Specker, showed his dominance by winning his heat and advancing through to semi finals where he will be up against SABA No 1, Sean Tickner.
Unfortunately Day 1 brought a number of upsets, namely Darren Halse, in the Pro division, who was unlucky to advance needing just another scoring ride sneak past the Brothers Kleve (Joshua and Aden), who both advanced to the Pro quarter finals.
- 08 July 2009 | Bodyboarding
The WBA has been invited to join the DK sessions event to be held at Sundowner Tiona (at Pacific Palms, south of Forster NSW), on the 1st -2nd August 2009.
Yes that’s right, all you girls who think you have a bit of skill on the knee, you will be stoked to hear about this specialty event!
We have a separate women’s division from the mens that event organiser, Clayton Pickworth, has kindly created just for us!
It’s only $50 to enter as a professional, the prizemoney will be based on entries, for example if 8 girls enter @ $50 then the prizemoney will be $300 (taking out $100 for insurance) and so on. Or if you just want to enter as an amateur, have some fun on the knee and compete for prizes, then it’s only $25.
Or, if you’re like me, and can’t drop knee at all, then you can come along and enjoy a fun weekend with the rest of the WBA girls at beautiful Tiona Park. There’s lots of quality beach breaks to surf around the area, and the accommodation is really nice. It will be great to catch up with everyone and have some fun surfs together.