- 21 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
The fourth annual Knights Beach Pro has been run and won in epic conditions yesterday with Dallas Singer (Newcastle, NSW) reigning supreme.
With conditions reaching around one-and-a-half metres during the day, the penultimate event on the 2009 Rebel Sports Pro Tour saw some amazing performances from the best riders in the world.
However it was Singer seemed to have the famed wedge wired, cruising his way through the early rounds in style - including a perfect ten point ride for good measure.
In the final Dallas came head to head with Jake Stone (Sunshine Coast, QLD).
Stone, who was also in impeccable form throughout, knocked out current world number two, Dave Winchester (NSW) on his charge to the final.
But, in the final it was Singer who stole the show. The pair went wave for wave in the final, however Singer managed to find the better wedges leaving Stone needing a combined wave total of 15.00 to clinch victory.
"I'm just relieved to finally win something on the tour, it had been so long since I won anything and it was nice that it was at Knights,” Singer said.
"I was devastated looking at how good the conditions were when Winny (Dave Winchester) won it last year, so I made sure that I made it down here this year and it looks like it paid off.”
Having traditionally been a key event for any riders hoping to win the Australasian title, the win now puts Singer in contention to win the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro Tour, which will conclude at Duranbah Beach from the ninth of November
"Everybody was surfing really well and I was lucky to scrape past Tom (Rigby) in my semi,” he said.
"I’m just over the moon,” said Singer.
The event also coincided with the third and final round of the South Australian Bodyboarding State Titles.
The states best amateur riders had the opportunity to mix it with the cream of Australasian bodyboarding at their home break.
In the end it was Lance Hurford (Port Elliott, SA) that narrowly nudged out an in form James Glade-Wright (Victor Harbor, SA).
The South Australian State Titles Team will now travel to Duranbah in Queensland in November for the RAW national titles.
The Knights Beach Pro 2009 was supported by The Government of South Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, The Office of Recreation and Sport - Be Active, Coopers Brewery, Swellnet, Surfing South Australia and the International Bodyboarding Association Australasia.
- 19 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
After the European IBA World Tour leg the next event of the tour is the Búzios Bodyboarding 2009 that will take place in Geribá Beach, Rio de Janeiro.
The competition will distribute $35.000 and 1000 points on the world ranking.
This is the last mens event before the Confital Grand Slam and the last opportunity for some riders to get precious points and still fight for the 2009 world title.
Today 5 competitors have real chances of winning the 2009 world tour. Here are some predictions counting the Búzios International event:
Has a comfortable lead on the tour. If he wins Búzios and gets to the final in Confital, he can be declared world champion.
Needs drastically a 2nd good result on a international event. If he comes to Buzios and get the result that he need, he will go to Confital with much more chances of fighting for the world title this year. I
Doesn’t has good results on international events. If Ryan wins Buzios he will shorten the difference from almost 600 points to only 90 towards Jeff Hubbard. This will put him on the race for the world title that will be decided in Confital.
If Mike wins at Buzios he will change his 2nd best international result (a 3rd in Viana Pro) and will get closer to Jeff. Not changing this result will make things harder for him in the Confital Grand Slam.
Winning Buzios will make GT change his 2nd worse score in international events(2nd ate Viana do Castelo) and will help him in the race for the world title.
The Búzios International 2009 takes place from September 30th to October 3rd and will distribute $35.000 and 1000 points on the IBA world tour ranking.
- 19 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
The 2009 Knights Beach Pro has been put on hold until 7am on Sunday, due to small and junky onshore waves, but anticipation is high with the promise of some amazing conditions.
Conditions were not contestable as an early onshore wind caused the small 1-2ft waves to deteriorate.
South Australian brothers and local boys Eli and Dylan Beach were relieved that the competition was held off until tomorrow.
"Tomorrow is looking like one of the best days in a while at Knights, so we're wrapped that the contest will be held in awesome conditions,” remarked Eli.
As the penultimate event on the 2009 Rebel Sports Pro Tour, the Knights Beach Pro is and has traditionally been a key event for any riders hoping to win the Australasian title.
With an honour roll that reads like a who’s who of international bodyboarding, the best of the best will be on show this weekend as the likes of Mitch Rawlins (WA) Michael Novy (Qld) Jake Stone (Qld) Jones Russell and Dallas Singer (NSW) get set for a show-stopping shootout.
The action kicks off on Sunday, 20 September 2009 at 7am, with the event to be streamed live.
The Knights Beach Pro 2009 is supported by The Government of South Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, The Office of Recreation and Sport - Be Active, Coopers Brewery, Swellnet, Surfing South Australia and the International Bodyboarding Association Australasia.