Emma Cobb

WBA event two was held at beautiful Whaley Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We were greeted with sunshine and clean 2-3ft swell lines rolling in. Also there to greet us were a crew of more than twenty fluoro coloured girls ready to join in the fun!

Nearly everyone had dressed in the tight and bright theme, with some especially crazy outfits from Zoe, Julia, Cobber, Karleah, Em Roby, and Farmer Flare.

We quickly set up the tent and equipment, and while the A division got ready to surf their first heats, a few of the girls paddled out for a fun free surf, some still wearing their outfits. Classic!

It was awesome to see such a good mix of girls turn up for the event, including our international members Chiara Pisapia from Italy, Lucy Cioffi from Cornwall UK, plus Noriko Smith from Japan and Eveline Mussi from Brazil, who are also from the Maroubra bodyboarding club (along with Kathryn Osborne and Natalie Fernandez). Welcome girls!

We also had our first ever mother daughter team turn up to compete, with wheelchair bound Rani Head-Toussaint, and her mum Kerry, both joining in the action in the A and AA divsions.

A few competitive highlights of the day included:

- Rani charging on her surf mat. With no mobility in her legs, everyone was amazed at Rani’s surfing ability. Rani had amazing wave knowledge and was catching all the sets and riding them into the beach then paddling straight back out again for more. Rani surfed so well she made it into the finals and into 2nd place overall for the A division. A huge inspiration to everyone!

- Ali and Jacqui going head to head in both the A and AA divisions, with each making the final in both divisions and taking a win! Go girls!

- Eveline’s awesome DK skills had everyone hooting. Plus Noriko’s tight spins, Cobber’s invert, Karleah’s bright green jacket, Tassie milking every wave, Roby’s back boarding (????), Wombat’s lovely morning after smell, Sandy’s camera skills, and just everyone being out there and having a good time!

Thanks to all the girls who turned up on the day for making it such a fun event and for helping out with setting up, judging, and cleaning up!

Final Results went as follows:

A division

1st Ali Kriz (Avoca) Hive swimwear voucher

2nd Rani Head-Toussaint (Narrabeen) $30 BSC voucher

3rd Kathryn Osborne (Maroubra) $20 BSC voucher

4th Jacqui Stevenson (Pymble) BSC board bag

AA

1st Jacqui Stevenson (Pymble) Hive swimwear voucher

2nd Zoe Edwards (Mona Vale Pub) $30 BSC voucher

3rd Noriko Smith (Japan/Maroubra) $20 BSC voucher

4th Ali Kriz (Avoca) BSC board bag

AAA

1st Emma Cobb (Milton) Hive swimwear voucher

2nd Eveline Mussi (Brazil/Sydney) $30 BSC voucher

3rd Emma Roby (Kiama) $20 BSC voucher

4th Julia Heasman (Seaforth) BSC board bag

We had so many prizes to give away we decided to raffle the rest of them!

The major prize was a voucher for a Custom designed Milkshakes bodyboard and download an order form in the customs section to get one of your very own). The winner was mum of Rani, and all round shredder, Kerry Head!

Kathryn Osborne and Jacqui Stevenson were the winners of two Hooda vouchers.

And the three BSC bicep leashes went to Monique Farmer, Zoe Edwards, and Emma Roby.

Best dressed was won by Farmer Flare with her classic lycra full body suit, in hot pink! Definitely embracing the tight and bright theme and taking it a little further by also surfing in it.

UK Bodyboarding Tour

The BBC is pleased to announce that two members have been provisionally co-opted to the managing committee. Alex Ledbrooke joins as Treasurer, to take over from the outgoing Rob Muscutt (who remains on the committee in a non-portfolio capacity). Sam Perry joins to strengthen the competition organisation team. Both will stand to have their positions ratified at the next AGM.

Most members will know Sam and/or Alex, and both bring a wealth of bodyboarding experience and enthusiasm to the committee.

Provisional Competition schedule

The finishing touches are just being put to the 2009-2010 BB competition schedule. Subject to confirmation the outline is:

25 July: Corona/Kahuna/Overhead Wedge Air Jam – Tolcarne, Newquay
5-6 September: Auto-Sleepers British Nationals – Porthtowan
10-11 October: Nationals fall-back date
7-8 November: Anglo-French Challenge – Quiberon, Brittany.
TBA: Smackheads invitational
TBA: English Nationals
TBA: Boscombe Reef inaugural event - Bournemouth

British bodyboarding continues to buck the trends with new sponsors, new venues and new competitions. Auto-Sleepers have signed up again to back the Nationals, which will see the same bumper prize purse as in 2008; culminating with a £1,000 first place prize in the Open. Applications for Divisional sponsorships have recently been released.

2009 will also see the welcome return of the Tolcarne Wedge comp; with new sponsors Corona (the beer company) teeming up with Kahuna to provide the party atmosphere, and Overhead continuing their competition support.

The two new events are the Anglo-French challenge and the Smackheads invitational. The Anglo-French competition was the brainchild of Olivier Etchebers of the FSA and Rich Hall of the BBC. It will see the top 4 riders from each country pitched against each other for individual and National pride. Will the spirit of Agincourt or 1066 prevail? Only time will tell. The Smackheads invitational is on the down-low with much work yet to be done, but look out for some potentially spectacular slab action. The date for the English Nationals is yet to be set, but may be moved to a new venue.

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Josh Speechly

The third round of the Rebel Sport Pro Tour will be staged at 13th beach on the weekend of the 23rd & 24th of May and will feature some of the biggest names in the sport.

Current ratings leader Jake Stone (Qld) and second placed Mitch Rawlins (WA) and last years overall champion Dave Winchester (NSW) will lead a star studded field into the 2 Star event.

“I can’t wait for the comp at Vico” said Wincester.

“ 13th Beach always has some good peaky ramps and the tour this year is really stacked with talent so it helps to push you”

Leading the charge for the locals will be Jayden Hunt (Surf Coast) and Josh Speechely (Surf Coast).

“I am pumped. The last few years this event was staged at Warrnambool and I didn’t feel like I had a home court advantage.” said Jayden.

“ I follow the Rebel Sport Pro Tour around the country and now it’s in my backyard I’m keen to do well”

“ The local groms are pumped to see their hero’s and also try to qualify for the Nationals”

Along with the Rheopaipo Pro the Victorian State Amateur titles will be contested and the top placegetters will represent Victoria at the RAW Australasian Titles at Duranbah (Qld) in November.

The Rebel Sport Pro Tour goes from Qld to NSW, Victoria, West Australia, South Australia and then Tasmania before wrapping up again in Queensland.

It’s a major stepping stone in the path to becoming a Pro Bodyboarder and the Top 10 at the end of each season are seeded directly into the IBA World Tour event at Pipeline Hawaii.

IBA Australasia General Manager Terry McKenna says that the sport is experiencing a boom worldwide as well as here in Australia.

“ The sport is really growing globally. Despite the tough economic times the sales of bodyboards is increasing. Maybe because of the affordability and easy entry level that the sport offers”.

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