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.


Toby Player joins Cartel Board Co team

Cartel Board Co are pleased to confirm the signing of Aussie bodyboarding legend Toby Player to the team. Cartel Board Co was established in the USA in 1996 and continues to play an important part in the sport of bodyboarding. Toby joins DK legend Paul Roach among many others in a truly impressive team of hardcore riders.

Cartel Bodyboards are distributed by Turbo Surf in Australia with a niche offering of high performance Signature boards. The board range includes the Paul Roach DK and Versatile Signature Boards along with the new Toby Player Signature Range. Toby worked with experienced Australian shaper Glenn Taylor to design his new signature model.

The Cartel board range will be officially launched in Australia in July 2009 when the one and only Paul Roach comes to Australia for the DK Sessions event at Tiona. A series of instore promotions with Paul Roach and Toby Player will also be undertaken. Keep an eye out for further details.


Dave Winchester wins the Rheopaipo Vico Pro

The Rheopaipo Vico Pro was held yesterday (Sat) in small hip high waves at 13th Beach Victoria.

It was a great day and Winny was too strong for the Qld trio of Corey McLean, Joe Clark and Michael Novy

It was a hard core crew that turned up at 13th Beach on a 4 degree morning for the 3rd round of the Rebel Sport Pro Tour, The Rheopaipo Pro presened by Shed 9 and Club 4Play.

It was a case of \"You should have been here yesterday" as the swell dribbled in at 1-2 feet but that didn\'t dampen the enthusiasm of the 32 riders in the Pro draw.

Young Tassie charger Charles Ward showed that he can mix it with the best with the best performance of R1.

The top 8 seeds hit the water for R2 and the Queenslanders were determined to perform in the cold water after traveling from the other end of the country for the event.

Nathan Branch and Mitch Woodland were standouts that fell one place short of the final and Clinton Kettelwell enjoyed a welcome return to the competition arena notching up an =7th.

Along with the Rheo Pro the Victorian State titles were contested and some real talent is emerging from the Southern State for this years Nationals.