- 18 May 2009 | Bodyboarding
The BBC is pleased to announce that two members have been provisionally co-opted to the managing committee. Alex Ledbrooke joins as Treasurer, to take over from the outgoing Rob Muscutt (who remains on the committee in a non-portfolio capacity). Sam Perry joins to strengthen the competition organisation team. Both will stand to have their positions ratified at the next AGM.
Most members will know Sam and/or Alex, and both bring a wealth of bodyboarding experience and enthusiasm to the committee.
Provisional Competition schedule
The finishing touches are just being put to the 2009-2010 BB competition schedule. Subject to confirmation the outline is:
25 July: Corona/Kahuna/Overhead Wedge Air Jam – Tolcarne, Newquay
5-6 September: Auto-Sleepers British Nationals – Porthtowan
10-11 October: Nationals fall-back date
7-8 November: Anglo-French Challenge – Quiberon, Brittany.
TBA: Smackheads invitational
TBA: English Nationals
TBA: Boscombe Reef inaugural event - Bournemouth
British bodyboarding continues to buck the trends with new sponsors, new venues and new competitions. Auto-Sleepers have signed up again to back the Nationals, which will see the same bumper prize purse as in 2008; culminating with a £1,000 first place prize in the Open. Applications for Divisional sponsorships have recently been released.
2009 will also see the welcome return of the Tolcarne Wedge comp; with new sponsors Corona (the beer company) teeming up with Kahuna to provide the party atmosphere, and Overhead continuing their competition support.
The two new events are the Anglo-French challenge and the Smackheads invitational. The Anglo-French competition was the brainchild of Olivier Etchebers of the FSA and Rich Hall of the BBC. It will see the top 4 riders from each country pitched against each other for individual and National pride. Will the spirit of Agincourt or 1066 prevail? Only time will tell. The Smackheads invitational is on the down-low with much work yet to be done, but look out for some potentially spectacular slab action. The date for the English Nationals is yet to be set, but may be moved to a new venue.
- 15 May 2009 | Bodyboarding
The third round of the Rebel Sport Pro Tour will be staged at 13th beach on the weekend of the 23rd & 24th of May and will feature some of the biggest names in the sport.
Current ratings leader Jake Stone (Qld) and second placed Mitch Rawlins (WA) and last years overall champion Dave Winchester (NSW) will lead a star studded field into the 2 Star event.
“I can’t wait for the comp at Vico” said Wincester.
“ 13th Beach always has some good peaky ramps and the tour this year is really stacked with talent so it helps to push you”
Leading the charge for the locals will be Jayden Hunt (Surf Coast) and Josh Speechely (Surf Coast).
“I am pumped. The last few years this event was staged at Warrnambool and I didn’t feel like I had a home court advantage.” said Jayden.
“ I follow the Rebel Sport Pro Tour around the country and now it’s in my backyard I’m keen to do well”
“ The local groms are pumped to see their hero’s and also try to qualify for the Nationals”
Along with the Rheopaipo Pro the Victorian State Amateur titles will be contested and the top placegetters will represent Victoria at the RAW Australasian Titles at Duranbah (Qld) in November.
The Rebel Sport Pro Tour goes from Qld to NSW, Victoria, West Australia, South Australia and then Tasmania before wrapping up again in Queensland.
It’s a major stepping stone in the path to becoming a Pro Bodyboarder and the Top 10 at the end of each season are seeded directly into the IBA World Tour event at Pipeline Hawaii.
IBA Australasia General Manager Terry McKenna says that the sport is experiencing a boom worldwide as well as here in Australia.
“ The sport is really growing globally. Despite the tough economic times the sales of bodyboards is increasing. Maybe because of the affordability and easy entry level that the sport offers”.
- 12 May 2009 | Bodyboarding
We, the Peruvian Association of Bodyboarding, are proud to invite you to participate in the IBA WMT event, The Peruvian Inka Challenge, that will be held in one of the cities of the Old Inka Empire, LIMA, from the 21st to the 26th of July, right before the Peruvian Independence Day (on the 28th).
There will be a US$20.000 prizepool split between the winners and 1000 points for the IBA World Ranking.
Also we´ll have some visits to some historical places and some sick spots around the city.
This is going to be something Historical for us, the Peruvian Bodyboarders, having your honorable visit in our land and our ocean.
I´ll be pleased to help you out.
Much aloha from the Inka Land, and we hope to see you soon !!!