Port Macquarie Bodyboarding wins the 2009 Teams Challenge 

The 2009 Teams Challenge, sponsored by No Clones and Aussie Home Loans Port Macquarie, played out Saturday and Sunday in small but tidy conditions at Lighthouse Beach. Day one saw small but neat 3 foot waves that still offered plenty of options for competitive action. Day two, although slightly smaller, still provided the useful little lefts and rights that resulted in some impressive wave scores. It was another impressive win by the Port Macquarie “Aussies”, led by Jon Capilli and Damian King, over a strong team from the Gold Coast.

At the halfway point of the Challenge however, the Solid Team from Newcastle held a two point lead on 44 over Port Stephens on equal 42 with the Port Macquarie “Aussies”. Solid’s John Cruickshank was a stand-out performer taking multiple barrels in one heat and scoring 19 out of a possible 20. Cruickshank is a real journeyman of the sport it was great to see him in such great form.

Port Stephens’ Nathan Graham was virtually unstoppable in the Drop Knee division but it was a strong effort from Nathan Pope and the other Gold Coast competitors that really put them in with a big chance for taking the title right up until the final heat. 

It was great to see long time Team Challenger Dean O’Neil back in the fray after being called out of semi retirement. In the small conditions O’Neil really performed well. The Teams Challenge really does give the older competitors the chance to show the young guns how it’s done.

Ultimately it was the Port Macquarie “Aussies” consistency that got them home. While not winning all their heats they usually scored second and eventually accumulated the points to win the event by two points over the Gold Coast.

Blake McKenzie and Beau Nutley were real surprise packages for the Port “Aussies” scoring well and winning heats. Liam McLennan also surfed strongly and along with Jesi Robinson firmed the “Aussies” final results.


The Ultimate Bodyboarding Day will be held at Tolcarne Beach 

The Corona/Kahuna/Overhead Wedge Air Jam at Tolcarne beach, Newquay is the biggest bodyboarding contest of the summer, and it has just been announced that Rob Barbers Bodyboarding School will add to the fun with a special bodyboard coaching day.

This promises to be an epic day, and one that bodyboarding fans cant afford to miss:
Learn or develop your own bodyboard skills with the UKs best coaching team
Watch the best riders in Britain blowing up at the UKs premiere bodyboarding wave
Soak up the atmosphere at the after-event party at the Kahuna right on Tolcarne beach.

A+ coaching for all abilities will be taking part throughout the day with two sessions with Rob and his coaching team. The afternoon session will end in plenty of time for you to be on Tolcarne for the contest, beginning with the event check-in at 4pm and then running until dark as the Wedge fires up and the UKs top riders do battle in the air.


Mike Murphy

It is with great delight that we are able to confirm the running of The Wedge Classic in 2009!

After many months of uncertainty and an ever increasing level of concern among riders that the event wouldn't go ahead, The Wedge Classic is confirmed from the 5th to the 10th of July 2009.

The event will draw the top bodyboarders from around the country to the sleepy coastal town of Plettenberg bay for an all out assault on the jewel in the crown, The Wedge.

With an extensive history and arguably the favourite event on tour, this year promises to deliver on all fronts, from action in the water to late evening activities.

The contest is the longest standing event in South Africa and always delivers on the fun factor, where competitors jostle for valuable points out in the water to take the coveted 'King of the Wedge' title.

Will last year's King, Vaughn Harris, be on hand to defend his crown and will local ripper, Ryan Jucker, make it three in a row in the events men's division?