Dave Winchester 

The 4th event on the E5’09 European circuit went down today in small but contestable peaks at Doninos Beach, Ferrol.

Organizers once again planned the day around the best conditions and a 1pm start saw the semi’s surfed in front of a solid Sunday afternoon crowd.

Semi 1 pitted the inform Brazilian Lucas Nogueira against the consistant Aussie Dave Winchester.

Winny set a blistering pace from the get-go and Lucas could never make up the lost ground and had to settle for =3rd.

Next up was the Spanish connection of Christian Perez and Guilemo Cobo

Perez is a crowd favorite, (Cobo hails from the Canary Islands), and the crowd were going wild on every wave he paddled for. The lead changed hands several times but when the hooter went Perez had secured a spot against Winny.

Into the DK final and early favorite Ardiel Jiminez (Canary Isl) stuggles to find the winning waves while the other three exchange blows.

Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) always looked the man to beat despite challenges from local hero YiYi Obenza and Dave Winchester.

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2009 SCION Jenks Pro 

Today was a lay day for normal competition at the 2009 SCION Jenks Pro however that did not stop the action. The USBA held its Team State Challenge in which HI won in overall points, with NJ coming in second and California coming in third.

Highlights were Jeff Hubbard’s (Team Hawaii) massive air reverse and a long barrel to air roll spin by Jason Bitzer (Team NJ). Team California was not able to find the high scores they needed besides one big move by Drew Anderson, with a 9 from a big air roll spin in the dying seconds.

Tomorrow The 2009 Scion Jenks Pro will run into the Amateur quarter finals and women's finals followed by the Awards and SCION Jenks Pro after party at the Jenks Club!

More to come!

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Lee Szczepanski 

The fifth event of IBA Australasia Rebel Sport Pro Tour begun today in Western Australia. The EBB Pro is the state’s biggest professional bodyboarding event, bringing together some of the countries best riders who are competing for the 4K prize money up for grabs.
 
Day one of competition completed at a spot know as ‘Mouse Traps’, a long and sectiony left hander that breaks over a shallow reef. Waves in 2-3 feet range (1.0m – 1.5m) gave competitors great opportunity to impress the judges with some deep barrells, and huge aireal manouvers highlighting the first round action.
 
After some initial delays in finding the best location, the EBB Pro began with a dominant perfromace from Jake Stone (QLD), who got straight down to business, setting the day’s highest combined heat score of 17.03 points. This consisted of an 8.83 and an 8.20, that was to be the benchmark for the remaining heats. Stone threaded some amazing tubes and huge rolls on the shallow end section, that had the crowd on the beach in histerics. Stone was matched by another Queenslander Joe Clarke, who scored a last minute 7.00 ride to eliminate WA favourite and event darkhouse Alex Halsey (Woodvale, WA) in a shock first heat upset.

Lee Szczepanski (Margaret River, WA) was another that looked suited to the conditions early setting up one of the waves of the day. Szczepanski, has just returned from a two week stint in Bali and didn’t mind the cold waters of the South-West. The current Senior Men’s national title holder, showed that he’ll be one to watch for in the remaining heats. “Im just spewing to be back from Indo, the waves were fun this morning though. Hopefully the swell picks up for the rest of the weekend.” He Said.
 
Other WA riders to make an impact on day one were Ben Veitch (Margaret River), Trent Sanford (Scarborough), Ryan Hands (Mandurah), Tim Fowler (Padbury), and Aiden Stampalia (Joondalup) all moving comfortabley through to the next round comfortably.
 
Tom Rigby (QLD), Jones Russell (NSW), Corey McLean (QLD), Cade Sharp (QLD) and Mitch Woodland (NSW) were the best of the east coasters all throwing down solid performances.
 
With so many in form bodyboarders competing, the race for the 2009 EBB Pro title should be an interesting one.

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