Wade McCurdy

Champion WA bodyboarder Wade McCurdy, 19, jumped from the Dawesville Bridge pedestrian underpass, south of Mandurah, with a mate about 1am last night.

The friend surfaced and managed to swim ashore but the teen failed to surface. A woman was with the pair when they jumped about 20 metres to the water below.

Mr McCurdy's body was recovered from the Dawesville Cut this morning following a big search involving aircraft, divers, police launches and volunteers.

It was a further devastating blow to his family, who lost another son, Ryan, 22, at the same time last year when he fell out of a tree.

“Ryan was an elder brother who Wade really looked up to,” a family friend who did not want to be named said.

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IBA Pipeline

The 2010 IBA World Men’s Tour will launch in February when the first Grand Slam gets underway at Pipeline in Hawaii with the Turbo Bodyboards Pipe Pro.

Pipe has long been the holy grail of International bodyboarding and a massive rollup of the worlds best is expected for the event.

Once again Turbo Bodyboards will sponsor the Grand Slam contest and IBA general manager Terry McKenna is very happy to have them committed again.

“The guys at Turbo have a great understanding of the big picture and since day 1 they have been forthcoming with support on all levels of the sport” said Mckenna.

“They are a hardcore company with a rich history and a team of staunch supporters so we couldn’t be happier that they are back in 2010”

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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.