Ben Player

Bodyboarders from Manning Great Lakes Bodyboarding Assoc. (MGBA) invite all riders to The Old Bar Beach Festival Bodyboarding Contest on Sunday 4th October.

The event has been organised by the Beach Festival Committee and the recently formed MGBA, which was previously known as The Forster/Tuncurry Bodyboarding Assoc. and the Old Bar Beach Bodyboard Club.

Terry McKenna, the General Manager of International Bodyboarding Assoc. (IBA) will be commentating the contest. Terry has been commentating for over 15 years and is the main commentator for the prestigious Surfest in Newcastle . Judges include Maurice Wakeling of Bodyboarding NSW and Garth McGregor a pioneer in bodyboarding from Newcastle.

Already the contest organisers have received interest from entrants from Sydney, Port Macquarie and Newcastle. The event can take up to 64 competitors and divisions include junior, cadet, opens, women’s and drop knee.

Professional Bodyboarders, Ben Player (2005 and 2007 World Champion) and Chad Jackson from Grand Flavour will be at the event to meet the bodyboarders. Grand Flavour and Low Pressure Surf Co will host a surf fashion parade at 11:00am as part of the beach festival and bodyboarding contest.

A free bodyboarding coaching clinic will be on offer for anyone who is interested in learning how to bodyboard. A Flipper competition will be on at 10am and prizes will be given.

Science bodyboards will be available for testing which means that anyone looking at buying a new bodyboard can test the board to ensure it rides well before they buy it. Contest organiser Melynne Rosamond says ‘This is a great idea because buying a bodyboard is a large investment for any young person and parents and there is nothing worse than buying a board you don’t like and then being stuck with it’.

2009 Sopelana BBK Pro in Spain

The city of Bilbao is an amazing place and today a press conference for the Sopelana BBK Pro was held with some of the top riders attending.

Former World Champion Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) and Eunate Aguirre (Spain) both spoke to the press and expressed thanks to the sponsors and organizers for another exciting event.

"These European events are very important to the riders" said Hubbard.

"We are all just as passionate about surfing the small beach-breaks as we are the reef breaks of Hawaii or Chile so when you win, where ever it is, the feeling and the points are the same".

"For sure, its been a long time in between contests and the break has been a long one for the girls on the WWT" said Eunate.

"I am leading the ratings now but Neymara Carvalho (Brazil) is such a strong competitor That I will have to do my best here for a win".

"I have been training hard and I feel good. Yes, I do want to win the World Title but its a long way off yet", said the Spaniard.

After the press conference the crew went for a look at the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.

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2009 Viana Pro in Portugal

Eder Luciano has won the 2009 Viana Pro in Portugal beating Guilherme Tâmega in the final heat.

The Brazilian won the first title in the IBA World Tour and receives a US$4.000 prize-money.

Mike Stewart lost the leading of the world ranking, after losing in the semi-final to Eder Luciano.

Guilherme Tâmega has now 4540 points. Stewart is very close with 4533 points.

IBA World Tour ranking after the 2009 Viana Pro:

1 – Guilherme Tâmega (BRA) – 4540 points
2 – Mike Stewart (HAV) – 4533 points
3 – Jeff Hubbard (HAV) – 3860 points
4 – Pierre Louis Costes (FRA) – 3690 points
5 – Dave Winchester (AUS) – 3410 points
6 – Dave Hubbard (HAV) – 3320 points
7 – Ryan Hardy (AUS) – 3300 points
8 – Uri Valadão (BRA) – 3277 points
9 – Magno Oliveira (BRA) – 3191 points
10 – Rene Xavier (BRA) – 3083 points

The heat is on and the 2009 IBA World Tour now heads to Sopelana, in Spain, between 18th and 23rd August.