Girls Go Bodyboarding Day

The inaugural SDS/Milkshakes Girls Go Bodyboarding Day is going to be held at North Cronulla, NSW, on January 16th 2010.

Girls and ladies of all ages are welcome to come along and have a go at bodyboarding! And guys, now's the time to get your girlfriend/sister/ daughter/mum into bodyboarding too!

With thanks to Surf Dive N Ski, Milkshakes, and Surfing Cronulla Surf School, it’s only $20 to join us for a lesson with Cronulla’s best coaches, and the chance to win some awesome prizes on the day!

You will also be able to meet Milkshakes team riders Emma Roby, Kaitlin Murphy and Lilly Pollard, plus a host of other top Aussie female bodyboarders on the day.

Location: Please meet at 9.00am, North Cronulla Surf Club, January 16th. We will expect to finish by approx 1.00pm.

Medical forms will need to be filled out on the day. And all participants are required to be able to swim 100m.

Mark Parsons

Central Coaster Mark Parsons won the first leg of the 2009 RAW Pro Juniors summer series today in fun 1metre waves in Newcastle.

He surfed a flawless final to win ahead of the Port McQuarie trio of Sam Bennett, Charlie Holt and Chase O’Leary.

“ I’m stoked” said Parsons.

“ The surf was fun today and my strategy of waiting for the best waves paid off” Parsons used the same game-plan for each of the five heats he surfed. Wait for the biggest and best waves and don’t take anything substandard.

It paid off big time and Parsons netted a return ticket to Hawaii for his troubles to surf in the first event on the IBA World Tour at Pipeline in Febuary.

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IBA World Tour

Under a new agreement made by the IBA riders board, competitors of the 2009 Shark Island Challenge are set to have their ban lifted from all IBA sanctioned events for the 2010 calendar year.

The new ruling which comes into effect as of 1st January was decided upon at a recent meeting during the final leg of the 2009 IBA world tour.

“We are hopeful that we never have to do this again” said Terry McKenna, IBA General manager, “But we did need to prove to the world that the IBA is a serious organization that will defend its rights when needed”.

The ban which was initially set at 12 months arose when an agreement could not be made between the organisers of the 2009 Shark Island Challenge and the IBA. “We are hopeful that the SIC event will apply for special event status, just like Nazare Special edition, and we can work to promote the event to a worldwide audience” stated Terry McKenna on the future of the Shark Island Challenge as a possible IBA event.

Individuals who received the ban will be free to surf on the 2010 IBA World Tour as of January 1st 2010.