Búzios: remember to end your ride before the rocks

Búzios confirmed as the first WWT Grand Slam.

Brazil will host from May 5th to 9th the Búzios Bodyboarding 2010. The event will distribute $50.000 dollars being $30.000 for men and $20.000 for women.

The competition will be the first Grand Slam of the year for the Women World Tour giving out 1500 points. With a $30.000 prize money and 1100 points for the men on the world tour ranking the competition stand as the most important non grand slam of the 2010 tour.

The City of Búzios is located 180km from Rio de Janeiro and is one the prettiest cities of Brazil. With excellent waves, and a very intense cultural/nightlife the city offers a variety of options that satisfies all tastes.

The riders already can book their accommodation at the Tangarás Hotel. It’s located only 300 meters from the competition and has the best rates of the City. Competitors will pay around $57 on the double room, with air condition and breakfast.

Some countries need a VISA to come to Brazil. So be aware and double check before booking your flight. In the next days the official website will be online bringing all the information regarding the competition.

Soldiers Beach Pro: an army of 300 bodyboarders will compete in the event

The 2010 Soldiers Beach Pro presented by Beachin’ Surf will be the 2nd event on the 2010 IBA World Men’s Tour and will also be dual sanctioned as an IBA Australian Rebel Sport Pro Tour 5 Star event.

The event will also be coupled with round 1 of the NSW State titles so the week will see some 300 competitors taking to the waters off Soldiers Beach.

Amaury Lavernhe of Reunion Island will be one of the stars that will attend the event and is coming off a win at the Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii in the first Grand Slam of the season.

"I am so stoked, I still can't believe it" said Lavernhe of his win at Pipe.

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Dave Hubbard: the Drop-Knee master

Hubbard won The Foam Company Drop Knee Pipeline Pro contest yesterday at the Banzai Pipeline. The one-day event was run in clean wave-face heights that ranged from 6 to 12 feet.

"Today was perfect conditions for drop knee," said Hubbard, 27. "And the level of competition is really high, so you had to be at your best in every heat."

When it comes to drop-knee bodyboarding — which requires the competitors to ride bodyboards with a one-knee stance —Hubbard showed why he is regarded as the best in the world.

He is the three-time defending world champion of the drop knee world tour. Last year, he won all three contests on the tour.

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