Austinmer Beach 

A report will be prepared for the Coroner following the death of a man at a popular beach in the State’s south last night.

About 7pm officers attached to Wollongong Local Area Command were called to Austinmer Beach after a witness reported seeing a man appear to lose consciousness and slip from his boogie board into the water.

Local lifesavers pulled the 56-year-old Kirrawee man from the water and notified emergency services.

Ambulance staff attempted to resuscitate the man, but were unsuccessful.

The man’s body was taken to Wollongong Hospital for formal identification and inquiries into the incident continue.

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 ISA World Bodyboarding Games

Following the ISA decision of creating a separate, exclusive event for Bodyboard, the ISA is proud to announce the launch of the bidding process for candidate nations to host the historical first edition of the ISA World Bodyboarding Games.

This is an historic step for the ISA and for Bodyboarding. The discipline will now have its own World Championship held in the ISA “Olympic Style” spirit, with all the athletes competing as members of their National Teams.

In the recent past the ISA successfully launched the ISA Junior and the ISA Masters World Championships. In a similar way, the ISA plan to call for the hosting of the first ever World Bodyboarding Games will provide Bodyboarding an opportunity to conduct a contest in a Bodyboarding friendly way, using dedicated Judging panels and criteria.

Each discipline inside surfing has its own structure and needs. In the case of Body Boarding, the waves the athletes prefer to ride that make the discipline one of the most exciting sports in the world, are different than the ones most regular surfing competitions are held on.

Additionally, the judging expertise needed is very specific due to the range of acrobatic moves performed. Bodyboarding is a precise, technical sport and the judging panel assembled for an event of this discipline should have an extensive current knowledge of the sport. Judges in surfing tend to be specialized between bodyboard and surfboard disciplines and it is preferable to assemble a judging panel in this way. Now this can be economically done in a stand-alone bodyboard event structure.

The ISA sees this as a great improvement, not only for Bodyboarding but also for the sport of surfing. By having each surfing discipline in a high standard of development, our sport as a whole goes to the next level of organisation, which in turn helps the athletes reach new levels in their performances, opportunities and recognition.

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2008 ISA World Surfing Games 

Beginning with this year’s edition, the International Surfing Association announced that the Bodyboard divisions will no longer be part of the disciplines within the World Surfing Games.

 Starting in 2009 the teams that participate in the ISA World Surfing Games will included the following athletes
- 4 Open Men 
- 2 Open Women
- 2 Longboarders Men

The teams, that used to include up to 10 competitors, now will have eight, making it easier for the different federations to finance their team’s traveling expenses.

As seen, in the 2009 Billabong ISA World Surfing Games that will take place in Costa Rica next August, teams will no longer include bodyboarders but will increase from one longboarder to two longboarders.

ISA’s objective when making this decision was to concentrate all efforts on the different surfriding disciplines in existence today.  Therefore, an exclusive Bodyboard world championship is being planned, giving this discipline a more visible profile.

ISA President, Fernando Aguerre, commented on the team changes for the next ISA World Surfing Games: “The ISA decided to provide separate events for both stand up surfers and bodyboarders in order to provide the most appropriate waves and judging resources specific to each sport.”

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