2009 Sopenala BBK Pro 

The check-in for the Sopelana BBK Pro is underway and will close at 8pm local time. Anyone that is not here must get someone to pay on their behalf or risk losing the seeding position.

The Hawaiin trio of Hubb, Dubb and Romero are here along with the current World Champion Uri Valdao and current ratings leader Guilherme Tamega both of Brazil.

The check in for day 1 will be tomorrow at 2pm as the event is still finishing a junior contest so a likely start will be tomorrow afternoon for R1.

The swell is forecast to come up overnight so things are shaping up very nicely indeed for this 4 day event.

The race for the 2009 WWT title has two front runners in Neymara Carvalho (Brazil) and Unate Aguirre (Spain)

The two are locked in a ratings race that will come down to the wire, so the result here in Sopelana will be crucial.


WBA's Sundowner Breakwall 

The final big event for WBA girls bodyboard club is planned for October 10-11 at Sundowner Breakwall, Port Macquarie.

We have a massive weekend planned, with BBQ’s, a coaching session on the Saturday, contest Sunday, including flipper race and DK challenge, and our final presentation!

We’ve got loads of awesome prizes to give away from sponsors Milkshakes girls boards, Hive Swimwear, Riptide magazine, and Hooda. Plus a cheap accommodation deal lined up with Sundowner Breakwall Tourist Park.

This will be the next and final event on the WBA calendar for 2009.

So please keep the weekend of Oct 10-11 free, and get excited to come and join in the fun at Port Macquarie!

Ben Player 

Bodyboarders from Manning Great Lakes Bodyboarding Assoc. (MGBA) invite all riders to The Old Bar Beach Festival Bodyboarding Contest on Sunday 4th October.

The event has been organised by the Beach Festival Committee and the recently formed MGBA, which was previously known as The Forster/Tuncurry Bodyboarding Assoc. and the Old Bar Beach Bodyboard Club.

Terry McKenna, the General Manager of International Bodyboarding Assoc. (IBA) will be commentating the contest. Terry has been commentating for over 15 years and is the main commentator for the prestigious Surfest in Newcastle . Judges include Maurice Wakeling of Bodyboarding NSW and Garth McGregor a pioneer in bodyboarding from Newcastle.

Already the contest organisers have received interest from entrants from Sydney, Port Macquarie and Newcastle. The event can take up to 64 competitors and divisions include junior, cadet, opens, women’s and drop knee.

Professional Bodyboarders, Ben Player (2005 and 2007 World Champion) and Chad Jackson from Grand Flavour will be at the event to meet the bodyboarders. Grand Flavour and Low Pressure Surf Co will host a surf fashion parade at 11:00am as part of the beach festival and bodyboarding contest.

A free bodyboarding coaching clinic will be on offer for anyone who is interested in learning how to bodyboard. A Flipper competition will be on at 10am and prizes will be given.

Science bodyboards will be available for testing which means that anyone looking at buying a new bodyboard can test the board to ensure it rides well before they buy it. Contest organiser Melynne Rosamond says ‘This is a great idea because buying a bodyboard is a large investment for any young person and parents and there is nothing worse than buying a board you don’t like and then being stuck with it’.