Lee Szczepanski

The fifth event of IBA Australasia Rebel Sport Pro Tour begun today in Western Australia. The EBB Pro is the state’s biggest professional bodyboarding event, bringing together some of the countries best riders who are competing for the 4K prize money up for grabs.

Day one of competition completed at a spot know as ‘Mouse Traps’, a long and sectiony left hander that breaks over a shallow reef. Waves in 2-3 feet range (1.0m – 1.5m) gave competitors great opportunity to impress the judges with some deep barrels, and huge aerial manouvers highlighting the first round action.

After some initial delays in finding the best location, the EBB Pro began with a dominant performance from Jake Stone (QLD), who got straight down to business, setting the day’s highest combined heat score of 17.03 points.

This consisted of an 8.83 and an 8.20, that was to be the benchmark for the remaining heats. Stone threaded some amazing tubes and huge rolls on the shallow end section, that had the crowd on the beach in histerics. Stone was matched by another Queenslander Joe Clarke, who scored a last minute 7.00 ride to eliminate WA favourite and event darkhouse Alex Halsey (Woodvale, WA) in a shock first heat upset.

Lee Szczepanski (Margaret River, WA) was another that looked suited to the conditions early setting up one of the waves of the day. Szczepanski, has just returned from a two week stint in Bali and didn’t mind the cold waters of the South-West.

The current Senior Men’s national title holder, showed that he’ll be one to watch for in the remaining heats. “Im just spewing to be back from Indo, the waves were fun this morning though. Hopefully the swell picks up for the rest of the weekend.” He Said.

Other WA riders to make an impact on day one were Ben Veitch (Margaret River), Trent Sanford (Scarborough), Ryan Hands (Mandurah), Tim Fowler (Padbury), and Aiden Stampalia (Joondalup) all moving comfortably through to the next round comfortably.

Tom Rigby (QLD), Jones Russell (NSW), Corey McLean (QLD), Cade Sharp (QLD) and Mitch Woodland (NSW) were the best of the east coasters all throwing down solid performances.

With so many in form bodyboarders competing, the race for the 2009 EBB Pro title should be an interesting one.

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2009 Ferrol Deeply Pro

The second day at Ferrol was a long one. 11 hours to be precise. The extra sunshine in a European Summer means that you can cash in on a good day when it comes around and today was 3 feet and offshore so organizers put their head down and churned through a stack of heats.

The day started with the back 12 taking on the inform qualifiers from the previous rounds and the action was red hot from the outset.

Australian Mitch Rawlins once again set the benchmark for the day with an amazing combo or precise in-the-pocket surfing and dominated the round.

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The SCION Jenks Pro 2009

Wave waves and more waves were on hand for the first day of competition of the 2009 SCION Jenkinson’s Beach Pro presented by Ocean Current Clothing in Point Pleasant NJ. The surf held up today with 2-5ft swell and the competition was extreme from start to end.

The easterly wind swell filled in, creating consistent peaky surf at Jenks. The swell looks like it will pick up on Thursday with more consistent chest high to shoulder high surf.

The Men’s Pro, Open Men's and Drop Knee divisions started off the week of competition at Jenkinson’s Beach, with solid crowds to kick off day one of the 4 day event. In the Men’s Pro divisions Jacob Romero turned up the heat for all competitors from the start, with his Hawaiian style airs, back flips and a perfect barrel from a spin into a roll.

Romero’s Hawaiian domination took him to the semi finals and gained him the first 10 point ride of the conest. Timmy Tilton from New Jersey trailed behind Jacob’s lead but progressed into the next round with a nice invert. The solo competing  Austrailian Matt Withar also raised the bar on day one busting a huge ARS and Inver air at the end of his heat, scoring a win to head into the semi's. 

Jeff Hubbard charged into a hollow wave after hollow wave exiting with inverts and Air Roll Spins before landing on the Jenks Shore line. Pedro Rosario (Venezuela), Armand Molina and Shea Sevilla followed the lead of Hubb. In the final heats of the day DK riders Jeff Hubbard, Jacob Romero, Pedro Rosario and Brian Stoerh also proformed well with down the line with spins and big backflip rotations passing into the next round.

The Drop Knee round one saw great action again by standouts Brian Steorh and Jacob Romeo who where both throwing their tail at any section coming there way.

Throughout the day there were some great performances by all the riders that participated.

The Women's Pro and Amateur divisions are scheduled to be held this weekend starting Saturday and into Sunday in time for a new swell! There will also be an Air Show invite only held today after the event pending conditions.

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