IBA Women World Tour

The second last event on the IBA World Women’s Tour got underway in Venezuela today on Isla De Margarita and the girls put on an amazing display of elite bodyboarding in the small random peaks.

Portugal’s Rita Pires was the most notable first round casualty with a third place in her first heat.

Joining her on the sideline were other top seeds Annabella Guittard (Vnz) Izamar Vivas (Vnz)  & Andrea Carvalho (USA)

The recently crowned ISA World Champion Natasha Sargardia (Prc) showed flashes of brilliance but was beaten into second in the closing stages by Brazilian Jessica Becker.

Current ratings leader Isabela Sousa (Brz) fired off a warning shot over the head or her rivals when she blitzed the first round with a confident performance. Her focus is obvious as she tries to capture her first IBA World Title.

Isabella was both the highest scorer of the day (8.17) and held the best two wave combo (14.5).

Brazilian Naara Caroline also looked in fine touch smashing her way to Victory in heat 6.

Venezuela’s highest rated competitor Lumar Guittard stoked the crowd when she snuck into the quarters behind Soria Rocha (Brz).  Lumar had to hold off a determined Ruth Parra (Vnz) to finish second.

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Chris James 

Nomad FSD team rider Chris James recommitted to Nomad Bodyboards and Limited Edition Fins yesterday signing a new 2 year deal.

Chris James said of the deal “Nomad is making incredible progression in bodyboarding, in product development and also the creative collective of people that are involved with the team and special projects.

It is an amazing group to work with and I want to make sure I’m part of that. Projects like the new EFC core technology, film projects like the ROAM series, the FSD. That’s why I bodyboard. I just want to be part of it”.

Nomad owner Shane Britten was stoked to have CJ back on board.  “Griz is an integral part of our team, an amazing Bodyboarder, and is one of the keys to our development over the last couple of years. Having him recommit to the label today is fantastic. 

Anyone who has met Chris or has seen him surf will understand, and if you haven’t and still don’t have a full understanding of what the Nomad FSD is all about, the projects and advancements we have planned over the next 2 years will hopefully make you stand up and take notice”.

Speaking of the ROAM series, ROAM II has been delayed a week in shipping and will hit stores next week.

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South African Bodyboarding Association 

The final day of Champs saw the best of the best fight it out at Alkanstrand in Richards bay, on Friday the 3rd of October.

In the Pro Semi finals Jared Houston, Alistair Taylor, Ian Campbell andMark Watts all fell to the wayside with Mark McCarthy, Derek Footit, Charles Pass and Michael "Rat" Ostler then fighting it out in the final.

Despite exceptionally challenging and inconsistent 2-3 feet waves and onshore winds, Mark McCarthy (NKZN), dug deep and used his local knowledge to his advantage, managing to keep Charles Pass (CKZN), at bay to become the 2008 SA Pro Division Champion. As soon as McCarthy left the water, after the buzzer had signalled the end of the heat, he was carried up the beach, smiling atop the shoulders of his friends. His performance was so convincing that everyone knew he had won even before the results were announced. Pass claimed 2nd with Ostler and Footit placing 3rd and 4th respectively.

From the outset the Drop Knee final looked like anyone's game with light riders having less difficulty negotiating the small conditions. The occasional big section meant that any rider who could successfully land a solid move off the end section had a very good chance of sneaking ahead. No one held back. Current SABA Circuit DK Champ, Sacha Specker (WP), started with a nice backhand floater followed by a well controlled snap - Game On! Sean Tickner (CKZN) took off on a bigger one and pulled into a messy barrel, which he somehow managing to hold onto. Warren Canepa (EP) tried a layback shack, quickly paddled back out and caught another nice set wave. Canepa put all on the line with a massive grab rail floater turn off the end section...Could he hold onto the biggest move of the heat so far and take the lead? Unfortunately not.

The valley between the whitewater and curtain denied him, Warren was now in trouble. Specker racked up a second good wave with a well controlled, but safe backhand floater that had his WP team mates cheering. Tickner found another set, with no big section out back he popped a quick reverse 360 on the face and did a small floater off the end section. Aden Kleve now, nice big floater, and then feeling the urgency, another smaller wave with a good backhand snap. In the end, Canepa's, failure to land any of his massive moves saw him getting 4th, Kleve took 3rd, Tickner slotted in 2nd and Sacha Specker convincingly claimed his second SA Champs DK title in a row!

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