Alex Halsey: a shy winner

For the second consecutive year the opening event of the EBB WA State Bodyboard Series has been blessed with ideal conditions and pumping surf. WA’s best bodyboarders battled it out over the weekend at one Australia’s most notorious locations, the Mandurah Wedge. In what is fast becoming a breeding ground for future talent, the EBB WA State Series showcased some extraordinary performances in bone rattling waves.

After its inception in 2008, Mandurah Wedge has become the perfect location to test not only the skill of the competitors but also their courage levels, as waves in the 3-4 feet range pounded the rocky break wall all weekend.

The hopes of over 80 competitors were rewarded with clean winds and a building swell, which meant Saturday’s preliminary heats were only a warm up for Sunday’s finals action. The new generation of WA bodyboarding brought added flair and enthusiasm, increasing the level of competition and providing inspiring entertainment for those lining the rocks at the Wedge.

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Darren Halse: plenty of air time

The Agent18 South Coast Bodyboarding Classic will be embedded in many competitors minds for years to come. The final day saw 4 - 8ft waves with perfect offshore conditions at Margate Beach.

The good conditions made for an exceptional high level of riding and competitiveness. A true showcase of extreme bodyboarding as riders were putting it all on the line and going big.

Standouts for the event were Derek Footit (Uvongo), Darren Halse (Amanzimtoti), Wesley Fischer (Durban), Storm Prestwich (Scottburgh), Terence Pieters (Uvongo), Reinhardt du Toit (Richards Bay), Warren du Preez (Umtentweni) and Morgan Phillips (Southbroom).

The contest was run over 2 days and each day there were special prizes for different categories. Darren Halse (Amanzimtoti) walked away with the Factory 7 airrollspin of the day cash prize of R250 on day one and on day 2 it was Wesley Fischer (Durban). Derek Footit (Uvongo) walked off with the Jared Houston invert of the day on day 1 and R350 in his pocket as did Reinhardt du Toit (Richards Bay) on day 2.

Terence Pieters (Uvongo) was untouchable in the PowerBalance skimming contest against roughly 16 competitors. He took an easy win and a PowerBalance band worth R500.

Adam Morley (Mossel Bay) won the JFK Photography/PowerBalance expression session with a massive invert air.

Wipe Out of the contest went to Dane Klusener (Izotsha) sponsored by Gelati Cortina.

A big thank you goes out to all the sponsors namely Agent 18 Wetsuits, South Coast Tourism, PowerBalance, Lizzard, Factory 7, Nuform, Wakefields Estate Agency, Criss Cross Security, Wimpy Margate, JFK Photography, Gelati Cortina and Wavehouse Gateway who all together made up a grand total of cash and product prizes worth R125 000.


Boys: 1 Warren du Preez (Umtentweni) 2 Michael Mynhardt (Uvongo) 3 Wesley Coetzee (Margate) 4 Mickey Gomez (Hibberdene)

Juniors: 1 Storm Prestwich (Scottburgh) 2 Conrad Bernhardt (Margate) 3 Grant van der Wagen (Uvongo) 4 Adam Waites (Durban)

Ladies: 1 Natasha van Niekerk (Uvongo) 2 Kim Theron (Margate) 3 Jessica Towers (Uvongo)

Mens: 1 Giovann Muller (Ballito) 2 Rayner Venter (Scottburgh) 3 Wayne Beekman (Uvongo) 4 Michael Meyer (Cape Town)

Masters: 1 Morgan Phillips (Southbroom) 2 Dean Conway (Durban) 3 Martin Otto (Uvongo) 4 Kevin Williams (Uvongo)

Grandmasters: 1 Riaan Nutt (Margate)

DK: 1 Derek Footit (Uvongo) 2 Darren Halse (Amanzimtoti) 3 Reinhardt du Toit (Richards Bay) 4 Iain Campbell (Durban)

Pro: 1 Darren Halse (Amanzimtoti) 2 Wesley Fischer (Durban) 3 Reinhardt du Toit (Richards Bay) 4 Terence Pieters (Uvongo)

USBA: plenty of young talents show up at Banyans

The USBA and the Big Island's coastal city of Kona were blessed with waves and aloha from the locals. Amazing surf and local talent were on hand today at Banyans.

The talk around the contest site was all about the 13 - 18 year old division and the 12 and under division. Big maneuvers went down in both divisions and all riders were bodyboarding well beyond their age bracket.

In the 13-18 yr old division, Sabaz Soaia was on a roll with big inverts even after having come been out of the water for a while due to injuries. It was impressive to see him take this event's division hands down. Other standouts were Kua Salinas (2nd), Henry Posolda (3rd), and Cody Lucas (4th).

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