- 15 November 2009 | Bodyboarding
It wasn't since 1996 that the National Bodyboarding Titles had been held at Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast.
The six day bodyboarding event was run in a complete mix bag of conditions, including messy large 1.5 metre surf, to epic offshore conditions mid week and Friday saw competition on hold by lunch time as conditions were virtually flat. Todays final day at D-Bah saw the famous beach break come alight with some perfect right hand wedges rolling through.
With over 200 competitors in town the level of competitiveness amongst the states was unbelievable, however only one eventual winner from each division could win.
In the end it was Sam Bennett of Port Macquarie, that took the blue ribbon event the Open Mens. Sam was one of the stand out surfers of the whole week, which involved multiple nine and ten point rides from the judging panel. Sam notched up a massive 18.40 to take out Chase O'Leary in second with 14.50, Joe Clarke in third with 12.40 and David Lohan with 11.27.
- 14 November 2009 | Bodyboarding
Corey McLean, of Miami Beach, Gold Coast Queensland has taken out the 2009 Australasian Rebel Sport Pro Tour, after progressing through to the semi finals of the Rebel Sport Pro.
McLean secured the number one spot over Jake Stone (Sunshine Coast, QLD) who was knocked out in his round four heat.
Corey has been rock solid all through-out the 2009 Australasian season and has been one of the most determined tour competitors over the past five years.
"It has been a long year and I pushed myself very hard to get through all of the events" said Corey.
"I am just so stoked and I need to thank all of my family and friends that kept on telling me that I could do it".
- 12 November 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day four of the 2009 RAW National Titles and Rebel Sport Pro was once again held today at Duranbah Beach on the Gold Coast.
The day was filled with action both on and off the water, which included 2 times world champion Damien King (Port Macquarie) surfing and a 1.5 metre brown snake popping in for a visit to the 2009 national titles.
Conditions stayed similar to yesterday, with waves in the one metre range and despite the diminishing conditions through out the day the amazing weather keep punters happy.
King, the seasoned competitor did just enough to progress through to the forth round notching up a 12.47 combined wave total to take second place in his heat.
Winning the heat was Max Arent (Northern Sydney Beaches, NSW) who put together a stellar performance against the former world champion putting together a 2 wave combination of 16.14. The pair took down Ewan Donachie (Northern Beaches) and Jordan Putland (QLD).
"I worked myself up before that heat, I got two early waves and that gave me the lead I needed" said Max
"I am really enjoying the tour this year and it is great that all of the top guys are doing it and ripping, which is making it really competitive".