Pipeline Tidal 9 Women's Pro 

The waves were on and off today like the weather-hot and sunny one minute and cold and rainy the next! There were plenty of barrels to pull in to- but not everyone made it out.
   
The competition was fierce, sometimes palpable from the beach; Competitors were fighting for the best position and a hopeful "gem" that might carry them through to the next round. Standouts of today included previous world champion Claudia Ferrari,Daniela Freitas- Ronqullio, Moe Watanabe, Karla Costa Taylor, and Big Island's Lindsay Yasui.

Neymara Carvalho (USA) was the only competitor to score a perfect ten point ride in today's competition. Tara Parsons and Miya Inoue were also on fire, and now face off in the quarters later this week depending on the swell.

Many of the competitors spoke out on behalf of Culturalization, the Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi, and contest director, Betty Depolito's vision. The competitors all expressed their happiness to be a part of a huge contest that not only supports female athletes but also the environment.

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Cobra D' Água Bodyboarding Show 

All competitors attending the Brazilian IBA leg tour must confirm their entry online.
Both events will distribute a total of $75.000 dollars and more than 4500 IBA world points.
 
The first event will take place in Estaleirinho Beach, Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina from April 21st -26th . The event will count as a women Grand Slam event and international for men. A total of $25.000 dollars for men and $15.00 for women will be distributed.
 
The Cobra D’Àgua Bodyboarding Show event will take the world best riders to Armação Beach, in Salvador. The event will take place from April 28th to May 3rd. A total of $20.000 dollars for men and $15.000 for women will be awarded.
 
The check in for the Cobra D’Àgua Bahia Show will take place on the 28th(Tuesday) for a start on the 29th(Wednesday).
 
All international riders MUST register the English entry at www.CBRASB.com.br 

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Mark McCarthy

South African bodyboarder Mark McCarthy has taken out the Soldiers Beach Pro presented by Solid Bodyboarding in perfect one- metre waves on the Central Coast of NSW.
 
McCarthy, who surfed  flawlessly in the final - with a series of highflying back flips and ARS (Air, Roll, Spin) manoeuvres, defeated Queenslander Jake Stone, Port Macquarie’s Sam Bennett and Western Australia’s Mitch Rawlins in the 30 minute final.
 
This was the second event on the Rebel Sport Pro Tour for 2009 and McCarthy will now head to Brazil to contest the IBA world tour events in April.
 
“I’m really stoked to get the win,” an elated McCarthy said.
 
“This has been an awesome event and I’m really looking forward to coming back here.”

Runner-up Jake Stone has now taken the lead on the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro Tour and is looking forward to the next event in Victoria in May.
 
“A win would have been better, but ill still take two second’s,” laughed Stone.
 
“Mark is an incredible talent and always hard to beat,” Stone added graciously.
 
Former world champion Damien King showed his versatility and reinstated his competitive nature with a win in the Pro Drop Knee division.
 
The Soldiers Beach Pro saw around 220 competitors battle across 13 divisions, over 4 days, with round 1 of the NSW state titles combining with the Pro event.
 
Local hero Shaun Petersen won the blue ribbon Open Men’s division and was the man to beat from the get go, posting several 10-point rides on his way to the title.
 
The Rebel Sport Pro Tour now moves south to Victoria for round three in May, once again combining with the Victorian State Bodyboarding Championships.

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