2009 Ferrol Deeply Pro

Day three at Ferrol was a classic. Cloudless skies, offshore winds and clean but small waves was the order of the day.

The event was starting to get down to the business end of the competition with the man-on-man 1/8 heats for the Men and the semi’s for the DK crew.

Results for this round saw the following results.

Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) defeat Luis Perez (Spain)
Mitch Rawlins (Australia) defeat Luis Villar (Brazil)
Ryan Hardy (Australia) defeat Hugo Pinheiro (Portugal)
Dave Winchester (Australia) defeat Paulo Barcellos (Brazil)
Manuel Centeno (Portugal) defeat Pierre Luis Costes (France)
Christian Perez (Spain ) defeat Amaury Laverhne (Re-Union)
Guilemo Cobo (Canary Islands) defeat Damian King (Australia)
Mike Stewart (Hawaii) defeat Mark McCarthy (Sth Africa)

There was a short break after this heat as the organizers re-located to the middle of the beach to take advantage of a series of random peaks.

It restarted with the DK semi’s and the boys were loving the clean open faces with Ardiel Jiminez (Canary Isl) Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) Dave Winchester (Australia) and local rider Yi Yi Obenza making up the 4 man final.

In the first heat of the ¼ finals Brazilian Lucas Nogueira outmaneuvered Mitch Rawlins (Australia). Lucas got the two best waves of the day and went to town with a series of flips and rolls that had the crowd going wild. Mitch had been surfing well all event but Lucas, who is shaping up as the man to beat, stopped left the Aussies golden run in its tracks.

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2009 SCION Jenks Pro

Today was a lay day for normal competition at the 2009 SCION Jenks Pro however that did not stop the action. The USBA held its Team State Challenge in which HI won in overall points, with NJ coming in second and California coming in third.

Highlights were Jeff Hubbard’s (Team Hawaii) massive air reverse and a long barrel to air roll spin by Jason Bitzer (Team NJ). Team California was not able to find the high scores they needed besides one big move by Drew Anderson, with a 9 from a big air roll spin in the dying seconds.

Tomorrow The 2009 Scion Jenks Pro will run into the Amateur quarter finals and women's finals followed by the Awards and SCION Jenks Pro after party at the Jenks Club!

More to come!

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Lee Szczepanski

The fifth event of IBA Australasia Rebel Sport Pro Tour begun today in Western Australia. The EBB Pro is the state’s biggest professional bodyboarding event, bringing together some of the countries best riders who are competing for the 4K prize money up for grabs.

Day one of competition completed at a spot know as ‘Mouse Traps’, a long and sectiony left hander that breaks over a shallow reef. Waves in 2-3 feet range (1.0m – 1.5m) gave competitors great opportunity to impress the judges with some deep barrels, and huge aerial manouvers highlighting the first round action.

After some initial delays in finding the best location, the EBB Pro began with a dominant performance from Jake Stone (QLD), who got straight down to business, setting the day’s highest combined heat score of 17.03 points.

This consisted of an 8.83 and an 8.20, that was to be the benchmark for the remaining heats. Stone threaded some amazing tubes and huge rolls on the shallow end section, that had the crowd on the beach in histerics. Stone was matched by another Queenslander Joe Clarke, who scored a last minute 7.00 ride to eliminate WA favourite and event darkhouse Alex Halsey (Woodvale, WA) in a shock first heat upset.

Lee Szczepanski (Margaret River, WA) was another that looked suited to the conditions early setting up one of the waves of the day. Szczepanski, has just returned from a two week stint in Bali and didn’t mind the cold waters of the South-West.

The current Senior Men’s national title holder, showed that he’ll be one to watch for in the remaining heats. “Im just spewing to be back from Indo, the waves were fun this morning though. Hopefully the swell picks up for the rest of the weekend.” He Said.

Other WA riders to make an impact on day one were Ben Veitch (Margaret River), Trent Sanford (Scarborough), Ryan Hands (Mandurah), Tim Fowler (Padbury), and Aiden Stampalia (Joondalup) all moving comfortably through to the next round comfortably.

Tom Rigby (QLD), Jones Russell (NSW), Corey McLean (QLD), Cade Sharp (QLD) and Mitch Woodland (NSW) were the best of the east coasters all throwing down solid performances.

With so many in form bodyboarders competing, the race for the 2009 EBB Pro title should be an interesting one.

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