Búzios Bodyboarding 2009

Buzios is ready to receive the world best bodyboarders to next stop of IBA World Tour.

During five days the Brazilian spot will have all the attentions and the riders promising good battles for world title. On MWT 7 bodyboarders fight to world title and some of them will compete on Buzios Bodyboarding 2009. 

Guilherme Tâmega and Mike Stewart are confirmed to event that will distribute U$35.000,00 and 1000 points in World Ranking.

On WWT the Brazilians Neymara Carvalho and Jessica Becker and the Spanish rider Eunate Aguirre will do a very hard dispute to first place in World Tour. Neymara is leading the tour with a minimum difference to second place Eunate.

The expectations to this event are very hugh. A good swell is expected to event and on first day the conditions will be 6feet plus. The conditions on Geribá Beach are perfect on this time of the year and the organizers are very exciting. “Buzios Bodyboarding 2009 will be a historical event. There is a huge swell coming and the conditions will be very good”, said Flávio Brito, IBA Brasil technical director.

Luis Villlar from Brazil is in Rio training to event. “The predictions are very good. This is important for us because this help a lot the riders. I will work hard to change my result here”, said Luis.

Dan Worley

Our second event of the season was a full 2 days event, making this contest the largest Bodyboarding Event in Florida.

Conditions were great on both days. Glassy 3-4 ft waves all day long under sunny skies made this a real nice beach day for Saturday and simlar conditions, but smaller, for Sunday.

Dan Worley took home $500 for the first place in the PRO division.

Devin Ricke took first place in the DK, Steven Tyson took first place in the AM, Alfonso Parodi took first place in MASTERS. For the first time ever, we had a JUNIOR division in the water. The FBA is commited to promote the sport for the youth.

This event also provided an EXPRESSION SESSION sponsored by INVERSTYLE.COM. The best one trick in a wave went to Austin Dalton and Steven Vitale.

South African Bodyboarding Association

Flowers are not the only thing worth driving up the West Coast to see in the coming week. The annual South African Bodyboarding Championships hosted by Reef Wetsuits will be taking place in the Lamberts Bay area on the Cape’s West Coast from 27th September - 2nd October 2009.

This year’s SA Champs has changed in format from previous years. In the past, the hosting province decided at which beach the competition would be run, and the duration of that event would be dedicated to only that beach. This year, Boland Bodyboarding Association, the host, has worked with the Cederberg Municipality to ensure that they have a “roaming venue”.

This means that not only one beach has to be used but if conditions are better suited for another surf break, the whole contest can be moved to that beach and contested there. What this also means, is that no one rider, getting  accustomed to the surf spot and conditions, gets a “growing” advantage during the competition. This allows for fair competition amongst the riders.

Exciting competitors to look out for from the 6 competing provinces, are Vaughn Harris from Boland, defending junior champ, David Lilienfield, Sacha Specker and Daniel Worsley from Western Province, Derek Footit and David Lee from Southern Natal, Charles Pass from Central Natal and World Tour campaigner and wildcard entry Mark McCarthy from Northern Natal.

One of the most exciting and promising projects to come out of this year’s SA Champs is the inclusion of KUMBA IRON ORE and the development clinic they are running with the help of all the provincial teams.

Kumba Iron Ore and Boland Bodyboarding Association have made it possible for 80 local children in the Lamberts Bay area to learn the sport of Bodyboarding along with water safety.

Kumba Iron Ore has generously donated bodyboarding gear to all the children who attend the once -in -a -lifetime clinic with some of South Africa’s best bodyboarders.

The handover will take place on Lamberts Bay beach on Monday the 28th at 15:00.