Mike Murphy

It is with great delight that we are able to confirm the running of The Wedge Classic in 2009!

After many months of uncertainty and an ever increasing level of concern among riders that the event wouldn't go ahead, The Wedge Classic is confirmed from the 5th to the 10th of July 2009.

The event will draw the top bodyboarders from around the country to the sleepy coastal town of Plettenberg bay for an all out assault on the jewel in the crown, The Wedge.

With an extensive history and arguably the favourite event on tour, this year promises to deliver on all fronts, from action in the water to late evening activities.

The contest is the longest standing event in South Africa and always delivers on the fun factor, where competitors jostle for valuable points out in the water to take the coveted 'King of the Wedge' title.

Will last year's King, Vaughn Harris, be on hand to defend his crown and will local ripper, Ryan Jucker, make it three in a row in the events men's division?

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2009 Nomad Shark Island Challenge

It is with great pleasure that we present the 16 invited riders who will be challenging one of the worlds most feared waves. A wave who’s mission is to bruise and crush ones outer shell. This wave makes no apologies for beatings. It loves dishing it out pain; it loves the taste of blood.

It senses the fear in every rider, punishing those who show it the most. It is only those who inject shear adrenalin into the very veins that pumps ones ability to block out the mental game that Shark Island plays. It is this rider that will become the 2009 NOMAD Shark Island Challenge champion.

The riders chosen for this years Nomad Shark Island Challenge best represent the talent of today’s everyday bodyboarder, riders that thrive for Bodyboarding, whether they are tour riders, free surfers, blue collar works or just self confessed freaks. It is these people that when brought together truly perceive what the sport is all about.

The chosen invitees have been categorised into five groups:

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EBB Pro

With the bodyboarding scene continually growing at phenomenal rates locally, nationally and internationally, IBA Australasia and Surfing Western Australia have agreed to change the dates for the upcoming EBB Pro to allow the best representation from Australian and international riders.

The original dates of the EBB Pro and final State Bodyboarding Round (August 31st – July 2nd) clashed with one of the biggest events on the international bodyboarding calendar, the Arica Chilean Challenge.

Given the fact that many Australian riders including WA locals Ryan Hardy, Brad Hughes and Chad Jackson are likely to compete in Chile, as well as 2008 EBB Pro defending champion Michael Novy (QLD) and runner up Dave Winchester (NSW) it was important to try to find an alternative date that would allow the best bodyboarders in the country compete.

Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks explains, “The waiting period for the Arica event went right over the EBB Pro dates, and the clash would have been devastating for the EBB Pro, with many big names likely to attend Chile over WA.”

The new dates for the EBB Pro will now be Friday the 4th of September to Sunday the 6th of September 2009, allowing for some great early spring conditions in the South-West of WA, as well as seeing a high profile list of entrants attending.

The 2009 EBB Pro presented by Unite Clothing & Void Wetsuits is aiming for a 4 star rating, which will see the highest points and prizemoney up for grabs in the events history.

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