The Ivan Friedman Memorial

The Ivan Friedman Memorial contest took place at Durban's North Beach this past weekend. South Africa's top Bodyboarders traveled from all over the Kwa Zulu Natal coastline, in order to fight it out for bragging rights of being "KZN Champ", as well as some awesome prizes.

All funds raised for the event were donated to the CANSA association of South Africa. They will use the money to educate and raise awareness to others about the causes and effects of cancer.

Factory 7 supplied some awesome prizes for the five divisions that made up the event and Jared Schafer from Umhlanga managed to supply excited event finalists with copies of the South African Bodyboarding production, Pull the Plug 2.

We also received vouchers from Surf HQ and shirts from Keiki Bodyboarding. Most of all we would like to thank Charles from ASSESEAL for the money sponsor which went to CANSA Association.

The competition was held at the left-hand side of North Beach, otherwise known as 'Far-bowl', in glassy two to three foot surf. These conditions suited the Junior (under 18) and Boys (under 13) divisions and kept spectators eyes on the water every time a wave rolled in.

Members from the CANSA association brought in Dermatologists that offered competitors and spectators advice on skin treatment, as well as enforcing the law when it came to sun screen application throughout the day.

Results from the Day

1. Michael Ostler
2. Darren Halse
3. Stuart Bradford
4. Iain Campbell

1. Aggie Kruger
2. Candice Wharren
3. Robyn Reid

1. Wayne Du Preez
2. Ryan Pape
3. Billy Tennant
4. Rayner Venter

1. Iain Campbell
2. Nico Muller
3. Stuart Bradford
4. Wayne Du Preez

1. Adam Waites
2. Iain Campbell
3. Jaryd Visick
4. Robbie Waites

1. Robbie Waites
2. Matthew Plumstead
3. Nkhosinathi Shadu
4. Tyler Vorster
5. Steven Waites

Damian King

World top bodyboarder Damian King has signed a three year deal with Turbo Bodyboards, a company from Port Macquarie, King's hometown.

In his blog, the Australian athlete says that «what has impressed me the most about Turbo, and one of the key reasons why I am excited by the change, is Turbo is an ethical brand with good morals. Even at a local level I have watched Turbo get behind our local club and show support to the younger generation and amateur competitors. I am a passionate person and this now translates into the board company I ride for. These ethics are important to me, and something I feel was lacking with my previous sponsor».

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2009 IBA World Tour is finished at El Confital

Jeff Hubbard has conquered the 2009 IBA World Tour title, at El Confital Beach, Canary Islands, Spain.

The Hawaiian bodyboarder - who depended on third party scores - got over Mike Stewart in the last moments.

Dave Winchester and Guilherme Tâmega were also fighting for the world bodyboard title, but Jeff Hubbard was able to achieve the highest honour. The last stage was won by Spanish rider Diego Cabrera.

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