Jared Houston: no stars in the last waves | Photo: Sacha Specker

More drama today as some big names are eliminated in this year's SA Bodyboarding Championships at Sun Coast Durban and the Southern KwaZulu Natal team push ahead in the race for the provincial 'Fishman' trophy.

World tour competitor Jared Houston (WP) and 2009 SA Champion Sacha Specker (WP) were both knocked out of the event today. Sacha, who won last year in the Pro and Dropknee divisions failed to push through both his Pro and Dropknee heats today. This means that Western Province have lost a major points provider to their team campaign relatively early and this will put a lot of pressure on their remaining riders to produce the goods in Fridays heats.

It was another amazing day down at the Sun Coast Beach for day 5 of the event. The sun was out and the crowds were thick, adding to the excitement of the event. Unfortunately the wind was blowing onshore, making things very tricky for competitors.

First in the water was the Dropknee division, followed by the Pro's. Both these divisions created an awesome spectacle for beach goers as the contestants flaunted their skills in the tough but powerful conditions. Next in were the Mens division, who had to gamble with their wave selection, as not all waves could be successfully ridden to beach because of the neap tides.

Mike Galloway from Power Balance was on hand at the half day break for a demonstration on the benefits of the Power Balance band. Crowds gathered to view and attempt to understand the mysterious hologram in action and they were not disappointed.

As the competition drew to a close the Boys Semi finalists were sent into the water. They paddled out knowing that there was space for only four competitors in the 2010 Boys Final. Emerging victorious and making it into the final were Niklas Martin (EP), Wesley Coetzee (SKZN), Warren du Preez (SKZN) and Ian Viljoen (WP).

Warren du Preez (SKZN) secured the highest score of the event so far, with an average of 9.5 out of a possible 10 for his last wave in the final heat of the day. Talk about dramatic!

The final day of the South African Bodyboarding Championships 2010 will start Friday the 1st of October at 07:00am in the morning at Sun Coast Beach.

Stars of the Waves: turn on the lights

The Baía Beach, in Espinho, Portugal, welcomed the first night bodyboarding show ever held in Europe. The "Stars of the Waves" was a dream coming to life.

The expectations were high, but the 20 best Portuguese bodyboarders did everything to greet the spectators. No one was captured sleeping, even with the lights out.

Despite the small size, there were minimum rideable waves for everyone to show their tricks and skills. And the tow-out session was a reality, confirming that the "Stars of the Waves" will return to Espinho, in the next year.

SABA: duck diver ahead, wacth out

The race for the provincial team event or "Fishman" trophy intensifies as the first of the Semi-finalists and Finalists of the 24th South African Bodyboarding Championships were announced today.

Both the Junior (U17) and Boy's (U14) division quarterfinalists competed in tough conditions in order to confirm their spots in the Semi-finals of this year's event. The Ladies division riders competed in their second round and determined the first four finalists of the event.

Contestants were greeted this on Wednesday morning, day 4 of the South African Bodyboarding Championships at Sun Coast Beach with pumping on shore winds. The swell seemed to have combined with the ocean currents to form a ragging torrent, making things very difficult for competitors out in the water. However, the sun was out and the water was refreshingly cool, making it a must for everyone to get into the water, if only for a swim.

School is out and the Sun Coast Beach is bustling with bikinis and board-shorts. These spectators were treated to a day of tough competition with extremely passionate team supporters. Supporters at times ran side by side with their competing team-mates, seeking a channel in the surf that might make the paddle a little easier.

The event drew to a close for the day after the last of the Junior Quarter Finals were completed. Everyone waited to see who the Semi Finalists would be and then retreated out of the wind for the remainder of the day. It has been a long four days for the competitors down on the beach and an afternoon of rest was exactly what they desired.

BOYS SEMI FINALS

Heat 1
Niklas Martin (EP)
Wesley Coetzee (SKZN)
Ethan Koopmans (WP)
Francois Conradie (BOL)

Heat 2
Warren du Preez (SKZN)
Ian Viljoen (WP)
Dylan Le Roux (BOL)
Shaun Hagen (CKZN)

JUNIOR SEMI FINALS

Heat 1
Storm Prestwich (SKZN)
Kyle Cabano (BOL)
Adam Waites (CKZN)
Andrew Raath (WP)

Heat 2
Grant van der Wagen (SKZN)
Matthew Fowle (WP)
Steven du Preez (CKZN)
Robbie Waites (CKZN)

LADIES FINALS

Janneke de Kock (WP)
Michelle Steenkamp (NKZN)
Suzie Vester (NKZN)
Natasha van Niekerk (SKZN)