Wedge Air Jam 2009 | Photo: Matt Hawken 

Tolcarne beach, Cornwall, lived up to its reputation as one of the UK’s premier bodyboarding venues on Sunday, with 20 of the best UK-based bodyboarders busting out big aerial moves in pumping five-foot conditions.

The Wedge Air Jam competition (co-sponsored by Corona, The Kahuna restaurant and Overhead Surf); and the English Surfing Federation Tag Team Championships (sponsored by Rob Barber’s Bodyboarding School and ThreeSixty Magazine) served up a feast of bodyboarding excellence.

The competitions ran back-to-back to exploit the best conditions, and more than 125 spectators braved the incessant summer rain to watch the spectacle unfold.
The Tag Team event is held each year to raise funds for the English team, who will be competing in the European Surfing Championships in Jersey in September. Five teams battled it out, with reigning champions Rob Barber’s Bodyboarding School (Aidan Salmon, Bjorn Storey, Joe Franklin and Rob Barber) taking the title again. Joe Franklin scored the highest single wave score after an excellent combination of spins and an aerial roll. Team Plymouth placed second and Discipul third.

The surf picked up with the incoming tide and by the start of the Wedge Air Jam the sets were touching six feet. Flowing power moves abounded in the early rounds, and as the tide drew in the competitors were whittled down to the last six for a hectic 30-minute final just as the Wedge started to fire.

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2009 Arica Chilean Challenge 

The world's best bodyboarders arrived today bringing in both IBA tour veterans and new comers. All of which came to try their luck at one of the most acclaimed events held on IBA Grand Slam World Tour, “ The Arica Chilean Challenge”.

The host of the check in/press conference was none other then the famous Arica Casino (downtown Arica). Once the riders had checked in an opening ceremony to the event was held followed by an explanation what was to  come of the days ahead.

Currently the schedule is on hold for day 1 of the waiting period. After the lay day the ACC will tentatively start on Thursday the 30th of July.

A check in at 6:45 am will be held for opening trail heats of the ACC. The current swell forecast is looking to bring a 6 foot (2 meter) growing Thursday and peaking sometime over the weekend with possible glassy conditions with the swell coming from the SW direction.

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Jeff Hubbard 

The 2009 Peruvian Inka Challenge has been won by Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii).

He defeated local Jorge Hurtado (Peru) in the final to make history as the first ever winner of an IBA event in Peruvian waters.

Canary Islanders Ardiel Jimenez and Oliver Herrera finished equal third.

Almost 5,000 spectators lined the shore of Chilca to support the event and this will guarantee the longevity of the IBA's newest event on Tour.

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