2009 Peniche Pro 

The opening day of the ultimate event on the IBA European leg got underway in foggy 3 footers in Peniche today.

The wave-rich area here in Peniche is renowned for good waves and today Lagido Beach served up some sweet left-handers off the reef.

The event saw a large contingent of riders come from Ireland and Darragh McCarter said that the sport is growing back home.

“Yes, it’s looking good back in Ireland. Lots of kids are pickin’ up bodyboards and we are seeing more and more guys in the line-up” said McCarter.

The best performer of the Irish team was Shane Macken who won his opening heat with a strong combination of moves netting him a 7.75 and 6.75 making him the rounds top scorer.

Macken placed 4th ISA World Bodyboarding games last year in Portugal.

Other R1 standout’s included Paulo Costa (Portugal) who has a rich history that spans back over a decade making him the pioneer of International bodyboarding from Portugal and fellow countryman and red-hot junior Dino Carmo.

R2 saw some outstanding performances from Portuguese guys like Bernardo Alvim, Diogo Silva, Antonio Cardoso, Joao Pinheiro, Helio Conda, Joao Barciela & Guilherme Guerra who all won their heats.

The Irish riders continued their run with Shane Mecken and Darragh McCarter both surfing their way into R3.

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Peniche Pro 2009 in Supertubos 

The European leg of the IBA World Tour wraps up this week with the final event at Supertubes, Peniche.

The sleepy little fishing village will be buzzing with the biggest names in the sport including 9 times world champion and living legend Mike Stewart (Hawaii).

At 46 years of age Mike is one of the front-runners in the race for this years IBA world title.

“Yes I am looking forward to Peniche. This area produces some of the best waves in Portugal ” said Stewart.

“I would need a podium finish to replace one of my other results”.

“ It will be a hectic finish to this years title with 6 guys possibly in contention” said Mike.

Other names locked in for Peniche’ include Portugal’s own dynamic duo of Manuel Centeno and Hugo Pinheiro as well as Hawaiian Dave Hubbard, Australians Mitch Rawlins, Ryan Hardy, Ben Player, Chad Jackson, Brad Hughes and Michael Novy and Brazilians Guilherme Tamega, Eder Luciano, Luis Villar and Lucas Nogueira.

Silvano Lourenço has been chosen as Wild Card for the event.

The race for the 2009 IBA World women’s Tour is just as exciting with Neymara Carvalho (Brazil) and Eunate Aguirre (Spain) both pushing for the title.

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EBB Pro 

Great conditions were on offer for the finalists of the EBB Pro, which was completed yesterday in pumping waves just north of the Yallingup area in South-West WA. A remote beach break known as ‘Boneyards’ hosted some of the countries best riders vying for the chance to claim the 2009 EBB Pro Title. The 15 minute walk from the closest carpark did little to dampen the spirits of competitors who were blessed with perfect 3-4 feet (2.0 – 2.5m) waves which were fast, hollow and absolutely suited to bodyboarding.

“The guys really lifted for the occasion, with some insane tubes and massive boosts.” Commented event head judge Nathan Duccase who had the hard task of determining the overall winners. “All the guys were surfing so well that any of them could have won today. The level was so high because competitors were pushing each other to go deeper or bigger.” He commented.
 
The earlier quarter final heats were highlighted by the performances of Jake Stone (QLD), Tim Fowler (WA), Phillip Windsor (WA), Jones Russell (NSW), Mitch Woodland (NSW), Cade Sharp (QLD) and Corey McLean (QLD) who adapted to conditions best and scored the morning’s highest heat scores with ease. But it was Joe Clarke (QLD) that set the tempo early posting a near perfect 18.86 from a possible 20. This included two scores of 9.93 and 8.93 to go into the semi finals as an early favourite.
 
“The waves were so good out there, you can get a sick pit on the take off then it just throws these sections up that have to go big on.” Said Clarke after his heat.
 
The semi finals were an allstar affair with the big names of the event set to battle it out with a few lesser know WA boys. Semi one saw Jake Stone continue his winning ways with another heat that saw him score highly. Stone scored 16.27 which included two eight point plus rides, however it was Tim Fowler that stole the show in semi one with one of the waves of the event. Fowler was rewarded with a 9.50 from a possible 10 for tube that seemed to last for at least 8 seconds and a pull a massive ARS to the delight of the crowds on the beach.
 
“I couldn’t believe it when I popped out, it seemed like I was in there forever.” Said Fowler.

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