Adam Luehman 

After an agonising wait the first Round of ‘The 2009 Nomad Shark Island Challenge’ finally got underway in what some are claiming to be suicidal conditions. The anticipated Easterly swell delivered waves in the 2m range with its direction causing some major headaches for some of the riders.
 
The first two heats saw some incredible action and commitment with competitors copping the full fury of an angry Shark Island. With the swell hitting the reef straight on wave knowledge was the leading edge to success.

To open up proceedings Heat 1 saw a massive wipe out from Glen Thurston.  Arguably un-makeable, Thurston lined himself up for a date with the reef which resulted in two severely lacerated ankles and minor bruising to the side of his back.

Tamarama's Jose Marquina managed to find a few clean ones as did South Coast charger Jason Finlay who used all of his reef knowledge to acquire some solid tube time.

As the heat progressed the crowd went wild for 1999 SIC Champion Christian "Rissole" Riguccini. Rissole surfed his heat well finding the tube on most of his waves and coming close to  scoring the tube of the day only being denied on a pinching ‘Surge” section..

As Heat 2 got underway QLD's Nick Omerod seemed to fit in well, slotting into a copy of hectic barrels in the opening 15mins only to receive a perforated eardrum in the later stages of the heat.

Omerod sustained the injury on a smaller more robust wedge. As he was driving through the barrel the shock wave basically blasted straight into his left eardrum. Upon closer examination from the land based lifeguard Omerod was advised to seek further medical attention.

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Nazaré World Master 

The 4Lines Sport´s Concepts SA, the City hall of Nazaré and Nazaré Qualifica, E.M., want to communicate to the entire world bodyboard community, the cancellation of the Nazaré World Master, that would take place in Praia do Norte - Nazaré, during November 2009.

This postponement is due to  financial reasons mainly,  that affect directly, the realization of this event , that would promote our sport in an international level, regarding TV, video, general press and online media.

We believe that Praia Norte of Nazaré will be, in a short-term period, one of the best stages of the IBA World Tour.

From our side we will do everything to change mentalities in Portugal in order  to offer the best conditions to the all IBA riders.

Is our wish to innovate in terms of communication and promotion of our sport at a global level. For us, that is the only way that makes sense to start this event.

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Mark Watts is in the Pro final of the 2009 Wedge Classic 

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.

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