Jamie O'Brien 

In one of the most extraordinary twists in modern Pro surfing, Pipeline local Jamie O’Brien has been granted a start in the seeded rounds of the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro.

This is the first event on the International Bodyboarding Association Men’s World Tour for 2009 and carries a Grand Slam status as well as double points towards the championship.

International General Manager of the IBA Terry McKenna says that O’Brien started his surfing career on a bodyboard as a kid before making the transition to fibreglass. 

“Apparently Jamie was into it when he was younger and still feels keen enough about it to have a start in the event. Word on the street is that he can still hold his rail in and ride deep in the barrel at Pipe, so it will be amazing to watch ” said McKenna.

“Jamie is one of the most innovative surfers in the world and an astounding waterman so I would not put it past him to blow some minds at his home break.”

“I can only imagine that this will be one of the most highly anticipated heats of the year and watched by everyone in the surfing community. It’s a bold move and a first for the IBA ” said McKenna.

Jamie O’Brien had a different sort of sandpit to play in as a child. His backyard was Pipeline and no one knows this break better than him. This is supported by the fact that he was the youngest surfer to ever win the Pipeline Masters ASP event and recently won the backdoor shootout.

O’Brien will be seeded into the rounds 33-80 in a field of 144.

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EBB 

Exclusively Bodyboarding has announced the Dream Team 09/10, an Australian team with International presence. They are:

ALEX BUNTING / the night cat and Sydney style lord - from new technical surfing with a twist, to huge Ship Sterns, or making out Supers.  Bunts, is a great bodyboarder.

BRAD HUGHES / boundary breaker - simply the best big wave Bodyboarder in the world right now, Brad’s control to these sized waves is matched as if the waves were your 3 foot local beachy.

LILLY POLLARD / lovely lady - arguably the best Female Bodyboarder in the world, big waves, heavy hits, and an amazing competition record.

RYAN HARDY / the precision Bodyboarder - not much more can be said about Ryan just that he is the pinnacle of perfect wave riding of this decade.

THOMAS SMITH / Gold Coast technician – raw power, unique, aggressive, skill, Tom’s repertoire of moves is second to none due to QLD technical style with his own explosive flavour.

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David Perez | Photo: Meduxa

David Perez has just signed to Mike Stewart's Science Bodyboards. The athlete was born in Sopelana in 1978.

Perez is the first Spanish to ever conquer a Bodyboarding World Title. He did it in 2004. David Perez started competing in 1992 - he was 14 years old - in Opena Banana Bakio, in Spain.