- 26 April 2009 | Bodyboarding
Stuart Flowerday, a volunteer RNLI lifeguard and member of Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club rescued a male bodyboarder caught in a rip current, which took him 50 metres off shore on Perranporth beach, on Sunday (19 April).
Perranporth and Praa Sands beaches have had RNLI lifeguard cover for the two-week Easter school holidays. With sunny spring weather and good surf conditions, both have been busy with families and water users and RNLI lifeguards have been on hand to provide beach safety advise and to maintain a safe bathing area, minimising rescues.
On Sunday morning, volunteer RNLI lifeguard Stuart Flowerday, was patrolling the bathing area on Perranporth beach with RNLI lifeguard Robin Howell, when a male bodyboarder, about 50 metres off the shore started waving for help. He was caught in a rip current and struggling to get back within his depth.
Stuart quickly paddled out on a rescue board, when he reached him; the gentleman was in a panicked state and struggling to stay afloat. Stuart spoke to him and calmed him down. Reassured, the gentleman was told to lie on the front of the rescue board and Stuart brought him safely back to shore, where he spent some time with the lifeguards to be assessed before making his way back up the beach.
RNLI lifeguards will be back out on patrol on Praa sands and Perranporth this weekend (25 and 26 April) before the start of the main RNLI lifeguard season on 1 May.
RNLI lifeguard supervisor Drustan Ward says;
‘We’ve had a busy two weeks on the beaches, with some major and minor first aids to mostly surf related injuries, and some water rescues, again mainly to surfers or kayakers. But the majority of the work the RNLI lifeguards have been busy with is preventative, giving out safety advise, keeping bathers and surfers within their flagged zones, advising on tides and sea conditions, and generally pre-empting incidents before they happen.
- 26 April 2009 | Bodyboarding
Today we had perfect conditions on Estaleirinhos Beach,, with no wind and 6-8 ft waves.
The Brazilians make up the majority on semifinals, with five of eight competitors left in the event being locals.
In girls event The top-5 on 2008 IBA World Tour did a great job and will fight for title tomorrow. Natasha Sagardia (PRC) will compete against Eunate Aguirre (SPN), and Neymara Cavalho will meet Isabela Sousa in an all Brazilian semifinal match-up.
Mike Stewart (HAWAII) had a good performance and is the only foreign athlete that will compete in semifinals. The Hawaiian will compete against Rene Xavier.
"I hope that the waves are bigger tomorrow, because when there is alot of punch in the swell it suits me better. I'm just taking one heat at a time", said Mike.
The other semifinal is between Lucas Nogueira (BRZ) and the current world champion Uri Valadão (BRZ). Lucas had the best event performance today with 17.75 points in his quarter final.
Quarter Final 1 Quarter final 2
Red Airem Cabrera Canary Is 2 Red Mike Stewart Hawaii 1
White Rene Xavier Brazil 1 White Magno Oliveira Brazil 2
Quarter final 3 Quarter final 4
Red Rui Pereira Portugal 2 Red Roberto Bruno Brazil 2
White Lucas Nogueira Brazil 1 White Uri Valadao Brazil 1
- 25 April 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day three conditions were better than yesterday with good waves (6-8 ft) and no wind on Estaleirinhos Beach. The 3rd and 4th round of males were completed and the girls will compete only on Saturday.
Mike Stewart was one of the best riders today and won his two heats with good performances. The Hawaian said that he is impressed with the good waves in Brazil.
"It 's good to see this kind of waves here in Brazil. I'm happy to win this heats but I know that i can be better. Tomorrow I hope that i can be better than today", said the 9 times world champion.