South African Bodyboarding Association

Flowers are not the only thing worth driving up the West Coast to see in the coming week. The annual South African Bodyboarding Championships hosted by Reef Wetsuits will be taking place in the Lamberts Bay area on the Cape’s West Coast from 27th September - 2nd October 2009.

This year’s SA Champs has changed in format from previous years. In the past, the hosting province decided at which beach the competition would be run, and the duration of that event  would be dedicated to only that beach. This year, Boland Bodyboarding Association, the host, has worked with the Cederberg Municipality to ensure that they have a “roaming venue”.

This means that not only one beach has to be used but if conditions are better suited for another surf break, the whole contest can be moved to that beach and contested there. What this also means, is that no one rider, getting  accustomed to the surf spot and conditions, gets a “growing” advantage during the competition. This allows for fair competition amongst the riders.

Exciting competitors to look out for from the 6 competing provinces, are Vaughn Harris from Boland, defending junior champ, David Lilienfield, Sacha Specker and Daniel Worsley from Western Province, Derek Footit and David Lee from Southern Natal, Charles Pass from Central Natal and World Tour campaigner and wildcard entry Mark McCarthy from Northern Natal.

One of the most exciting and promising projects to come out of this year’s SA Champs is the inclusion of KUMBA IRON ORE and the development clinic they are running with the help of all the provincial teams.

Kumba Iron Ore and Boland Bodyboarding Association have made it possible for 80 local children in the Lamberts Bay area to learn the sport of Bodyboarding along with water safety.

Kumba Iron Ore has generously donated bodyboarding gear to all the children who attend the once -in -a -lifetime clinic with some of South Africa’s best bodyboarders.

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Dallas Singer

The fourth annual Knights Beach Pro has been run and won in epic conditions yesterday with Dallas Singer (Newcastle, NSW) reigning supreme.

With conditions reaching around one-and-a-half metres during the day, the penultimate event on the 2009 Rebel Sports Pro Tour saw some amazing performances from the best riders in the world.

However it was Singer seemed to have the famed wedge wired, cruising his way through the early rounds in style - including a perfect ten point ride for good measure.

In the final Dallas came head to head with Jake Stone (Sunshine Coast, QLD).

Stone, who was also in impeccable form throughout, knocked out current world number two, Dave Winchester (NSW) on his charge to the final.

But, in the final it was Singer who stole the show.

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2009 Búzios Bodyboarding

After the European IBA World Tour leg the next event of the tour is the Búzios Bodyboarding 2009 that will take place in Geribá Beach, Rio de Janeiro. 

The competition will distribute $35.000 and 1000 points on the world ranking.

This is the last mens event before the Confital Grand Slam and the last opportunity for some riders to get precious points and still fight for the 2009 world title. 

Today 5 competitors have real chances of winning the 2009 world tour.
Here are some predictions counting the Búzios International event:
 
Jeff Hubbard
Has a comfortable lead on the tour. If he wins Búzios and gets to the final in Confital, he can be declared world champion.
 
Dave Winchester
Needs drastically a 2nd good result on a international event. If he comes to Buzios and get the result that he need, he will go to Confital with much more chances of fighting for the world title this year. I
 
Ryan Hardy
Doesn’t has good results on international events. If Ryan wins Buzios he will shorten the difference from almost 600 points to only 90 towards Jeff Hubbard. This will put him on the race for the world title that will be decided in Confital.
 
Mike Stewart
If Mike wins at Buzios he will change his 2nd best international result (a 3rd in Viana Pro) and will get closer to Jeff. Not changing this result will make things harder for him in the Confital Grand Slam.
 
Guilherme Tâmega
Winning Buzios will make GT change his 2nd worse score in international events(2nd ate Viana do Castelo) and will help him in the race for the world title.

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