Terence Pieters

As dawn broke on day one of the 2009 South African Bodyboarding Championships so did the swell. The forecast swell that was predicted had arrived in the early hours of the morning and the call was made to make use of the "mobile roaming venue format". All the provincial teams were to meet at Elands Bay parking lot for the start at 8:00am.

The swell was in the 2-5ft range with a hard and freezing offshore wind to wake all the contestants up.

First up were the DK rounds, the waves were good in offering all the contestants long running waves for them to string manoeuvre after manoeuvre bringing with them high scores. Riders who excelled were Sacha Specker(WP), Mark McCarthy (NKZN), Sean Tickner (WP) and Darren Halse (SKZN). A surprise knock-out was David Lee (SKZN) was was unable to advance to the Quarter Finals.

The first round of the Junior division was next and the incoming tide made the swell increase in size. The usual suspects were on form using every wave to the fullest. Standouts were Adam Waites (CKZN), Iain Campbell (CKZN), Terence Pieters (SKZN) and Storm Prestwich (SKZN).

Next up were the Boys. The wind was increasing in strength which made any aerial manoeuvre very difficult and would have to be perfectly timed. One rider who made sure of his timing was Tristan Roberts (BOL) who blasted a huge roll out of the pocket right in front of the judges earning himself the the heat winning score. Other heat winners were Robbie Waites (CKZN), Jason Fowler (WP), Steven Du Preez (CKZN) and Ethan Koopmans (WP).

The Mens Division had some very demanding surf conditions with closeouts coming through in every set. Riders who managed to make the most of the difficult condition were Wayne Beekman (SKZN), Jonathan De Lauwere (EP) and Murray Jones (EP).

The conditions for day 2 look similar as the first but with a slight decrease in swell size.

The Pro division will be the first to enter the water with the remaining rounds from the other division following after.

The Reef South African Championships are co-sponsored by: Kumba Iron Ore, Science body boards, Ocean & Earth, Viper fins, Matunas wax, Coca Cola, Powerade, Sonsurf, Bonaqua, Environ, Muisbosskerm, Eureka accomodation, Cederberg Municipality and OK Sentra.

Ryan Hardy

Exclusively Bodyboarding (EBB) has announced its Dream Team for 2010.

The bodyboarders chosen by the Australian brand are:

Alex Bunting / male model or master chef  - Bunts, is a great bodyboarder.
Brad Hughes / engaged and red hot - simply the best big wave bodyboarder in the world right now.
Ryan Hardy / pipe 2009 perfection – the fire is burning still to stay the best.
Thomas Smith / black sheep – technically perfect but not in the norms of common style or equipment
Alex Halsey – Future Trading star and already earning his own sections on DVD’s.
Chase O'Leary – check latest movement for the proof
Lewy Finnegan –  young and gunning to be great

Exclusively Bodyboarding currently sponsors the EBB State Bodyboard Series.

Búzios Bodyboarding 2009

Attention all international riders. The entries for the Búzios Bodyboarding 2009 where extended until September 30th.

All riders can pay without the charge of late fee to participate on the 11th stop of the IBA world tour.  The check in will take place on the Geribá Beach. 
Huge swell forecasted for Búzios.

A huge south east swell is forecasted to reach Búzios on Wednesday September 30th. The swell promises to delivery 8 to 10 feet sets for the competition. The best competitors of the world will challenge themselves on the heavy waves of Geribá beach.

Big names confirmed

Some big stars have confirmed they participation on the Búzios Bodyboarding 2009. Two riders that have real chances of title this year, Mike Stewart and Guilherme Tâmega are 100% confirmed. Lucas Nogueira, Eder Luciano and Magno Oliveira will fight to improve their ranking position. Eunate Aguirre, Neymara Carvalho and Jéssica Becker will battle among each other for this year world title.

Búzios Schedule

September 30th - Wednesday
Check In for everyone from 9:00 to 5:00 PM

October 1st – Thursday

October 2nd – Friday

October 3rd  – Saturday
Competition and official party

October 1st – Sunday
Finals and winners ceremony 

The online webcast will start on Wednesday with the national amateur competition.