Mark Parsons

Central Coaster Mark Parsons won the first leg of the 2009 RAW Pro Juniors summer series today in fun 1metre waves in Newcastle.

He surfed a flawless final to win ahead of the Port McQuarie trio of Sam Bennett, Charlie Holt and Chase O’Leary.

“ I’m stoked” said Parsons.

“ The surf was fun today and my strategy of waiting for the best waves paid off” Parsons used the same game-plan for each of the five heats he surfed. Wait for the biggest and best waves and don’t take anything substandard.

It paid off big time and Parsons netted a return ticket to Hawaii for his troubles to surf in the first event on the IBA World Tour at Pipeline in Febuary.


IBA World Tour

Under a new agreement made by the IBA riders board, competitors of the 2009 Shark Island Challenge are set to have their ban lifted from all IBA sanctioned events for the 2010 calendar year. The new ruling which comes into effect as of 1st January was decided upon at a recent meeting during the final leg of the 2009 IBA world tour.

“We are hopeful that we never have to do this again” said Terry McKenna, IBA General manager, “But we did need to prove to the world that the IBA is a serious organization that will defend its rights when needed”.

The ban which was initially set at 12 months arose when an agreement could not be made between the organisers of the 2009 Shark Island Challenge and the IBA. “We are hopeful that the SIC event will apply for special event status, just like Nazare Special edition, and we can work to promote the event to a worldwide audience” stated Terry McKenna on the future of the Shark Island Challenge as a possible IBA event.


The Ivan Friedman Memorial

The Ivan Friedman Memorial contest took place at Durban's North Beach this past weekend. South Africa's top Bodyboarders traveled from all over the Kwa Zulu Natal coastline, in order to fight it out for bragging rights of being "KZN Champ", as well as some awesome prizes. All funds raised for the event were donated to the CANSA association of South Africa. They will use the money to educate and raise awareness to others about the causes and effects of cancer.

Factory 7 supplied some awesome prizes for the five divisions that made up the event and Jared Schafer from Umhlanga managed to supply excited event finalists with copies of the South African Bodyboarding production, Pull the Plug 2. We also received vouchers from Surf HQ and shirts from Keiki Bodyboarding. Most of all we would like to thank Charles from ASSESEAL for the money sponsor which went to CANSA Association.