Brad Hughes

The WA bodyboarding community is currently buzzing with anticipation of the first EBB State Bodyboard Series this weekend. With a solid swell forecast and favourable winds, the opening round of competition is poised to take place at one of WA’s most infamous breaks, the Mandurah Wedge.

The opening round of the three event series offers WA competitors a chance to compete in some of the best waves the state has to offer. Mandurah Wedge is a high performance break that has been a mecca for many bodyboarders lately and will hopefully attract some new and exciting entrants.

This new location is a bold step forward for the development of bodyboarding within Western Australia. With a number of WA bodyboarders competing at the highest level, this is a huge opportunity for some emerging talent to forge a name for themselves in arguably one of the states best bodyboarding waves.

After the recent success of WA’s Ryan Hardy at the IBA World Tour Event at Pipeline, the whole state is currently talking about this event.

A stellar line-up of WA hottest bodyboarders who are eager to check out the action include, Alex Halesy (Woodvale), Lewy Finnegan (Ocean Reef), Ben Vietch (Margaret River) and Ryan Hands (Mandurah). All of which are likely contenders to represent WA at the Bodyboard Australasia National Titles held at D-Bah Queensland in November this year.

Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks is excited about the prospects of waves this weekend.

“Mandurah Wedge and the surrounding breaks provide some of the most consistent and contestable waves in the whole metro area. With the forecasts looking awesome for later in the week the standard should be great and provide a true spectacle for those willing to step up to the challenge.”

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Dave Hubbard 

Morey is proud to announce the signing of 3-time and current Dropknee World Champion bodyboarder, David Hubbard.

At 26 years of age, David, or “DUB” by which he is known in the bodyboarding world, has received numerous accolades.

Over the past two years he has placed first in several worldwide bodyboard competitions, has been on 5 magazine covers and has been featured in multiple videos.

David and Morey have signed a multi-year deal. Said David, “I am excited about joining the team, and carrying on Morey’s rich history as the original bodyboard brand.”

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Katherine Melo Pro 

The 2009 International Bodyboarding Tour is now heading to Santa Catarina, in Brazil.

The 2009 Katherine Melo Pro is the next WWT Grand Slam event with a US$40,000 prize money.

The Brazilian bodyboarding stage is scheduled to the 21st-26th April and will count with 1050 points for the Men's Tour ranking and with 1500 points for the Women's championship.

Ryan Hardy will visit the 2009 Katherine Melo Pro in a leading condition.

He conquered the 2009 Pipeline Pro in Hawaii but will have to face the experience of Guilherme Tamega, in his home country.

2009 IBA Tour Ranking After Stage #1

1. Ryan Hardy
2. Pierre Louis Costes
3. Guilherme Tamega

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