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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2009 Rheopaipo Pro 

Some of the best bodyboarders from Australia, and the world were on hand, to compete in round one of The Rebel Sport Pro Tour at the prestigious Rehopaipo Pro last weekend at Duranbah.

Running over three days, with the final day dishing up some classic Duranbah wedges, the event also doubled as the first round of the QAB (Queensland Association of Bodyboarding) state championship series.

In the Pro Men’s final it ended up being an all QLD affair as local knowledge proved to be a major advantage.

Mitch Rawlings had a slow start with Jake Stone slamming a massive back flip of a solid 6 footer landing hard to finish off with a spin and a roll and being the main man to catch, only to have Joe Clarke quickly fight back whipping a nice stylish ARS (Air Roll Spin).

Corey McLean was next to notch a high scoring wave smashing a full vertical inverted air to land hard in the flats.

Rawlings, showing his long knowledge of the Duranbah waves, waited patiently getting bread and butter moves in until the dying moments of the heat when a six-foot wedge popped up.

Quick to pounce, Rawlings flew down the face and wacked it hard flying into a full rotation air reverse landing smoothly and pulling off to solute to the screaming spectators who were applauding the fantastic final.

“Duranbah is one of the best suited waves for bodyboarding around Australia! I love coming home every year to compete at Duranbah,” said an elated Rawlings, after taking the crown.

“The level of competition is getting so much better and if you’re not on your game you’ll be knocked out,” he added.

At the end of the contest it was also confirmed that the last leg of the Pro Tour will wrap-up at Duranbah in November in conjunction with the Australian National Titles of Bodyboarding.

In the Pro Drop Knee final it again proved to be an advantage to have local knowledge with Dane Pope from Gold Coast showing a stylish but powerful approach to the powerful Duranbah waves.

The next round of the Rebel Sport Pro Tour will be held at Soldiers Beach NSW this weekend with the Soldiers Beach Pro and NSW State titles.

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2009 Katherine Melo Pro 

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 Bahia 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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