Shaun Petersen won the 2009 Brett Young Memorial Trials at Cronulla Point | Photo: Riptide Magazine 

An awesome winter’s day greeted competitors on Sunday July 5, for this year’s Emerald Surf City Brett Young Memorial Trials. The event started off in classic winter fashion with offshore winds, crisp sunny conditions and a clean 4-5ft south swell.

The first round saw some impressive heats as Cronulla Point dished out clean corduroy lines; with the sets holding up close to Second Reef the early contestants definitely took full advantage of the ideal boogie conditions. Early standouts were local Brendan Ryan, Chris Ward, Corey Daglish, Charles Holt, Guy Williment, Daniel Hills, Luke O’Connor, Mile Muecke, Simon Cowan, Shaun Peterson, Tristan Hogan and Simon Heale. Two reprecharge heats followed after the first round with James Kates, Chase O’Leary, Sam Strachan and Jarret Johnson all advancing to Round Two.
The waves were still pumping as Round Two commenced, with the ground swell kicking in. The wind swung more SW, creating a slight ripple on Second Reef, so as the wave wrapped down the Point clean faces forced most competitors to either bust or roll out of the First Reef section, or backdoor clean, open pits if they were lucky. As the riders ended their waves and commenced the long paddle back out, a seal popped up unannounced and decided to harassed and played a game of hide ‘n’ seek with competitors in the water. The crowd amazed; the riders more stoked that such a wild animal could be so audacious.
Standouts for Round Two included Brendan Ryan, Charles Holt, Corey Daglish, Johnny Showell, Josh Pollard, Guy Williment, Luke O’Connor, Matt Young, Simon Cowen, Michael Chapple, Shaun Peterson, Shaun Pyne, Thomas Robinson, James Kates, Sam Strachan and Doug Showell.

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Manuel Centeno is the 2008 European Bodyboard champion 

The European Surfing Federation has announced the final schedule of the 2009 European Tour of Bodyboard.

Manuel Centeno (Portugal) and Heloise Bourroux (France) were the 2009 European Bodyboard champions.

The 2009 European Tour of Bodyboard will be held at:


Vila do Bispo (Sagres) -  Praia do Tonel ou Castelejo    
03, 04, 05 April   
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Anglet - Plage de Chambre D`Amour
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01,02,03 May   
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James Kates signs to HB Australia

South Coast shredder, James Kates, has recently put pen to paper and the joined the HB Freedom Projekt Team.

The announcement was made through the HB Australia's Twitter page.

Katesy is stoked to onboard HB's new 2010 range.