Girls Go Bodyboarding day

The inaugural SDS/Milkshakes Girls Go Bodyboarding Day went off!

On Saturday 16th Jan, a cool little crew of girls turned up to experience bodyboarding at North Cronulla. It was awesome to see a mixed age group; from super groms to super mums, there to join in the fun.

NSW Bodyboarding head coach - Brendan “Barney” Ryan, skillfully introduced the girls to bodyboarding, with Emma Roby giving some extra tips on advanced bodyboarding to the more experienced riders.

On hand to help was Milkshakes team riders; Kaitlin Murphy, Emma Roby, and myself, as well as Milkshakes web designer and 2009 Aussie Tour champ - Nicole “Tassie” Fleming. The four of us headed out for a quick demo surf to show the girls a few bodyboarding tricks; rolls, spins, and even some DK mixed in. Good times.

Soon the rest of the girls joined us in the fun 2-3ft surf. It was awesome to see a few of the WBA girls also show up for the free surf – Kerry, Rani, Zoe, Julia, and Laura - thanks for showing your support!

Super groms Abbey and Sam (of Cronulla) were charging and loving the waves so much,we eventually had to drag them back in to the beach.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with some girls catching their first ever waves! The girls returned to shore with huge smiles on their faces, loads of sand in their hair, and each person taking away a special experience from the lesson.

Back at the surf club, a bunch of prizes were handed out, including free SDS girls rash shirts and 15% off discount at SDS, Milkshakes leashes, Hive swimwear vouchers, and a Milkshakes “Bubblegum” Flavours board - valued at $240 -which was taken home by Abbey Pugh!

Jacob Hein

The final leg of the 2009 RAW Pro Juniors summer series went down at Cronulla Beach this week (Sunday 17th January) as the best juniors in Australia fought it out for a return ticket to Hawaii.

It was the third and final leg of the series and a full field entered the one-day winner-take-all contest.

The event got underway at “The Alley” at Cronulla and the surf was only small but the moves were huge.

Early favorites Sam Bennett, Tom Rigby, Thorpe Waluew and Sam Strachan all surfed up to expectation and by the time the semi’s hit the water the fresh onshore breeze had pushed in some much-needed swell.

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Pipeline, Hawaii

The waiting period for the 2010 Turbo Bodyboards Pipe Pro has been extended from the original dates of February 16th – 24th to the new dates of February 16th – 26th after is was discovered that an amateur surfing event had been double booked on the weekend in the middle of the waiting period.

“ It makes life tough on everyone” said IBA General Manager Terry McKenna.

“ Most riders have pre-purchased tickets and were due to fly out on the 25th so now there will be some problems for people if the event goes beyond the original waiting period”

“ The extra days could come in handy but it’s been a very active season so far so we hope to finish early ” said Terry.

The check-in for the event will now take place on Feb 13th at Dave & Busters, 1030 Auahi Street, Honolulu at 4.30. This will allow organizers more time to seed the field and determine the trialists if any.

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