Guilherme Tâmega leads the 2009 IBA World Tour

Chile will be the next stop for the Men and will be a Grand Slam event with 2000 points up for grabs.

Tamega will be the man to beat and is not only the number 1 seed but the defending champion.

The event will run from July 29th till August 9th and local promoter Christian "Tomate" Peralta will be praying for similar conditions as last years epic event.

Europe will be the next stop for the girls following the WWT and a string of events including the Grand Slam at Sintra will make for an intense month of competition.

After announcing his retirement at the start of the Brazilian leg, Guilherme Tamega has won the Bahia Bodyboard show and now leads the IBA Mens ratings going into Chile'.

" I am stoked to win in my home country and for sure I will now go to Chile' to defend my title" said the former multi World Champion.

Tamega defeated Eder Luciano in the all Brazilian final with Luis Villar and Fabio Rodrigues placing equal third.

Waves for the event varied from clean 5 footers to messy 2-3 footers but overall the event was a resounding success and congratulations to Flavio Brito and his hard working team on delivering two great events back to back in Brazil.

Mike Stewart has moved into number two on the IBA ratings after making the final of the Katherine Melo Pro and a solid performance in the Bahia Bodyboard show.

At "Forty something" Mike is competing against riders half his age and re-writting the rules of his generation.

"The age thing gets put on us in society but I don't subscribe to it" said Mike.

"I'm still kind of living the dream of a gromett, running my business from a laptop because its a blast to do"

"I encourage anyone out there who has brought into this society thing that they are too old to do anything to go for it" said Mike.

Imagine if Mike wins his 10th World Title before Kelly Slater?

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WBA - Womens Bodyboarding Association 

This Saturday, the 9th April, the Milkshakes Womens Bodyboarding Association  (WBA) will be holding an event at Whaley Beach, on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Girls and ladies of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come along to the event.

There’s awesome prizes to be won from WBA sponsors - Hive swimwear, Milkshakes bodyboards, Hooda custom designed Hoodies, and BSC Bodyboarders Surf Co.

And for some added fun, we have created a theme for this event, which is tight and bright! We are encouraging everyone to come along dressed in their tighest and brightest fluoro 80's clothing and wetsuits!

We will be having a beach BBQ, and music playing. So everyone is welcome to come along and watch, or join in!

This event was scheduled for Anzac Day 25th April, but had to be cancelled due to the large East swell that hit Sydney's Northern Beaches. This saturday there is another swell forecast, but not as large, and from a better southerly direction. With clear skies and offshore winds predicted, saturday is looking to be an awesome day!

The WBA is a non-profit organisation that holds fun club competitions all over NSW, with beginners to advanced divisions, to cater for girls of all abilities. There are currently around 25 members of the club.

Northern Beaches locals and IBA Australasian Tour competitors Mandy Zieren, Zoe Edwards, Julia Heasman and Sylve Colless have all confirmed they will be coming along to the event on Saturday. Along with many other girls, including elite Australian bodyboarders Lilly Pollard, Emma Roby, Kaitlin Murphy, Emma Cobb, and Nicole Fleming.

All the girls will be on hand to give helpful bodyboarding tips.

Memberships start from $15 for social members, and $50 for competitors.

Any girls interested in joining us at Whaley Beach, please meet us at the Whaley beach carpark at 7.30am. If it appears the swell is too big, we will move the event north to Palm Beach.

The next planned event for WBA will be held at Sundowner Tiona on NSW's mid North Coast on 1st-2nd August.

Guilherme Tâmega 

The final day of Cobra D’Água Bodyboarding Show Bahia 2009 took place in better conditions than yesterday, but the wind and rain made life difficult for the riders. The waves were bigger than yesterday (3-4 ft) and the crowd filled Armação Beach.

Guilherme Tâmega and Eunate Aguirre won the event and now both are leading the IBA World Ranking. Guilherme defeated Eder Luciano from Brazil while Eunate defeated Mayllae Venturin.

The day started with the Men's quarter finals and the heats were amazing. Uri Valadão and Eder Luciano had a great fight on water and in the end Eder found a good wave to turn on the heat and make it into semifinal.

After the girls surfed the semifinals to decide the finalists on event. In first semi Eunate defeated Jéssica Bekcer and in second Neymara Carvalho lost to Maylla Venturin.

In the mens semifinals Guilherme won against Fabio Rodrigues and Eder Luciano had a great performance to beat Luis Villar.

Eunate and Maylla made the final on Armação Beach. Eunate, the new leader of IBA World Circuit, got two good waves and Maylla didn’t found a second wave. “I’m so happy, it’s impossible describe what I’m feeling right now. I know that there are more events but now I want celebrate my victory”, said Eunate

The last heat of event was the most incredible. Guilherme Tâmega had announced his retirement a couple of weeks ago got a 10 after a perfect barrel in difficult conditions. Also, Tâmema made the highest score on event, 16.50, and was crowned the great champion.

“This is incredible to win in my country. Definitely I won’t stop, I’ll go to Arica. I’m so happy to win here, this is a great day. When I saw that wave I knew that something good was happening”, said the current #1.

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