2009 Rheopaipo Pro 

Some of the best bodyboarders from Australia, and the world were on hand, to compete in round one of The Rebel Sport Pro Tour at the prestigious Rehopaipo Pro last weekend at Duranbah.

Running over three days, with the final day dishing up some classic Duranbah wedges, the event also doubled as the first round of the QAB (Queensland Association of Bodyboarding) state championship series.

In the Pro Men’s final it ended up being an all QLD affair as local knowledge proved to be a major advantage.

Mitch Rawlings had a slow start with Jake Stone slamming a massive back flip of a solid 6 footer landing hard to finish off with a spin and a roll and being the main man to catch, only to have Joe Clarke quickly fight back whipping a nice stylish ARS (Air Roll Spin).

Corey McLean was next to notch a high scoring wave smashing a full vertical inverted air to land hard in the flats.

Rawlings, showing his long knowledge of the Duranbah waves, waited patiently getting bread and butter moves in until the dying moments of the heat when a six-foot wedge popped up.

Quick to pounce, Rawlings flew down the face and wacked it hard flying into a full rotation air reverse landing smoothly and pulling off to solute to the screaming spectators who were applauding the fantastic final.

“Duranbah is one of the best suited waves for bodyboarding around Australia! I love coming home every year to compete at Duranbah,” said an elated Rawlings, after taking the crown.

“The level of competition is getting so much better and if you’re not on your game you’ll be knocked out,” he added.

At the end of the contest it was also confirmed that the last leg of the Pro Tour will wrap-up at Duranbah in November in conjunction with the Australian National Titles of Bodyboarding.

In the Pro Drop Knee final it again proved to be an advantage to have local knowledge with Dane Pope from Gold Coast showing a stylish but powerful approach to the powerful Duranbah waves.

The next round of the Rebel Sport Pro Tour will be held at Soldiers Beach NSW this weekend with the Soldiers Beach Pro and NSW State titles.


2009 Katherine Melo Pro 

All competitors attending the Brazilian IBA leg tour must confirm their entry online.

Both events will distribute a total of $75.000 dollars and more than 4500 IBA world points.

The first event will take place in Estaleirinho Beach, Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina from April 21st -26th . The event will count as a women Grand Slam event and international for men. A total of $25.000 dollars for men and $15.00 for women will be distributed.

The Bahia Show event will take the world best riders to Armação Beach, in Salvador. The event will take place from April 28th to May 3rd. A total of $20.000 dollars for men and $15.000 for women will be awarded.

The check in for the Cobra D’Àgua Bahia Show will take place on the 28th(Tuesday) for a start on the 29th(Wednesday).

All international riders MUST register the English entry at www.CBRASB.com.br 


Rebel Sport Pro Tour 

The International Bodyboarding Association Australasia (IBAA) has solidified the future of bodyboarding within Australia today, inking a massive deal with Rebel Sport.

Swimming strongly against the current of the worlds financial crisis the six figure, multi year sponsorship with the major sporting goods store will ensure the sport continues to flourish.

IBAA General Manager, Terry McKenna sees the sponsorship as a testament to the marketability of bodyboarding and paints a bright future for the sport.

"This is an exciting partnership with Rebel Sport," McKenna said.

 The sponsorship includes the naming of the Australasian Pro Tour, naming of the bodyboarding national titles, a Rebel Sport Pro bodyboarding event, a RAW pro junior series in the summer plus an exclusive IBAA/Rebel Sport merchandising arrangement.

"This is the biggest single sponsorship that the sport has signed and will ensure that the future of bodyboarding is in safe hands."

The Rebel Sport Pro Tour will draw approximately two thousand competitors, competing on the Australasian professional circuit for points and prize money all in a bid to be the annual tour champion, the most prestigious accolade in Australasian bodyboarding. 

Attracting some of the worlds biggest bodyboarding names, including the likes of Dave Winchester (2008) and Andrew Lester (2007), The Rebel Sport Tour will be at the summit of professional bodyboarding.