Soldiers Beach Pro: an army of 300 bodyboarders will compete in the event

The 2010 Soldiers Beach Pro presented by Beachin’ Surf will be the 2nd event on the 2010 IBA World Men’s Tour and will also be dual sanctioned as an IBA Australian Rebel Sport Pro Tour 5 Star event.

The event will also be coupled with round 1 of the NSW State titles so the week will see some 300 competitors taking to the waters off Soldiers Beach.

Amaury Lavernhe of Reunion Island will be one of the stars that will attend the event and is coming off a win at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii in the first Grand Slam of the season.

"I am so stoked, I still can't believe it" said Lavernhe of his win at Pipe.

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Dave Hubbard: the Drop-Knee master

Hubbard won The Foam Company Drop Knee Pipeline Pro contest yesterday at the Banzai Pipeline. The one-day event was run in clean wave-face heights that ranged from 6 to 12 feet.

"Today was perfect conditions for drop knee," said Hubbard, 27. "And the level of competition is really high, so you had to be at your best in every heat."

When it comes to drop-knee bodyboarding — which requires the competitors to ride bodyboards with a one-knee stance —Hubbard showed why he is regarded as the best in the world.

He is the three-time defending world champion of the drop knee world tour. Last year, he won all three contests on the tour.

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Amaury Lavernhe: back flip to victory at Pipeline

The 2010 Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Body Glove has been won and run, with Pipeline saving the best for last with the competition wrapping up on the final day of the 2 week waiting period.

Conditions were epic, with perfect 8 to 12 feet Pipe and light offshore winds all day, keeping the thousands that lined the shore thoroughly entertained.

Amaury Lavernhe of the Reunion Islands was the one who came up trumps, blitzing through his final heats.

Lavernhe threw down the gauntlet to his combatants in the final with an outstanding combined wave total of 17.50, which included a perfect 10 for a huge pipe barrel to backflip. He then backed his perfect score up with a 7.5 for another huge barrel to roll.

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