2009 Arica Chilean Challenge 

The competition was fierce today as the Arican Chilean Challenge narrowed down it’s field. The conditions started off similar to the day prior but improved with the dropping tide as the morning turned to mid day. Scristobal Sciaraffia (Chile) started the day well with a round 2 win followed by Gregory Wouters (Aruba) who was surfing exceptional.

Tables had turned heading into round three with some big name heat knock outs. Heat 1 rd 3 saw Luis Fung (Peru) put on a solid performance winning with Eduardo Capinello placing second. Tomas Rigby (Aus) was on fire using barrel to roll and double roll combos to win heat 2, he was follow by Matuis Muniz.  Alexandre Widtman (Chile) once again progressed with a win over Gregory Wouters who progressed in second (Aruba).

Heat 3 Rouad 3 saw Bruno Rocha (Brazil) win his heat with Puerto Ricos Jorge Colomer sneaking into second place in the dying moments of the heat with a solid barrel. Igor Sanchez (Canarias) won over Renato Arelano (CHL) placing second narrowly beating Hawaiian Jacob Romero with a set wave roll even though he was interfered with by the competitor in Black (drop in).  Boris Villalobos surfed well in heat 6 winning his heat to a Jason Bitzer who had a good opening wave which was enough to help him progress.

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Ewan Donnachie conquers the 2009 Shark Island Challenge

Ewan Donnachie from Sydney’s Northern Beaches has won the 2009 Nomad Shark Island Challenge in clean 1 – 1.5m  conditions to claim first prize of $10,000 over an accumulated two round points system.

Since the completion of Round 1 back on the 12th of July, riders and officials have been on stand-by waiting in anticipation for the second round to commence. The weeks that followed saw small to flat condition as Sydney basked in a stable weather pattern. Towards the end of the 21 day waiting period riders voted unanimously to extend the period to accommodate a strong fetch of ground swell that was predicted to reel up the N.S.W coastal – and it’s paid off.

Riders were greeted to a freshly groomed Southerly ground swell, a direct result of a powerful lower pressure system situated in the Tasman Sea. As dawn broke, long clean lines peeled around the infamous reef giving everyone an early viewing on what laid ahead. 

Due to the southerly direction Contest Director Mark Fordham wasted no time on calling the event ‘ON’, taking full advantage of the perfect low to mid tide conditions.

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2009 Auto-Sleepers British Bodyboard Championships will be held at Porthtowan 

Following fast on the heels of the Wedge Air Jam, the 2009 Auto-Sleepers British Bodyboard championships at Porthtowan is rapidly approaching.


With a bumper prize purse again of £3,000 thanks to Auto-Sleepers and the other generous divisional sponsors, the British bodyboard Nationals are amongst the most hotly contested national championships in Europe; and the only ones to offer cash prizes across all eight divisions – from Youth through to Masters.

After some classic warm weather swells in 2009, hopes are high that the late summer date of 5-6 September will again produce the goods and deliver a competition to remember.

Rich Hall, of organisers the British Bodyboard Club said: “Last year’s Nationals were a great event. It has become a real focal point of the UK bodyboarding calendar and has drawn in all the top competitors”.

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