2009 Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding

The Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding saw big moves and solid crowds today to kick off day one of the two day event. It was Hawaiian domination with Jeff Hubbard leading the charge, while Jacob and Jonah rounded out the movement.

All three riders landed themselves in the Men’s Pro finals. Jeff Hubbard was linking outside combos spin to ars’s and solid rolls in the 3-4ft conditions.

Dave Hubbard was not as fortunate getting knocked out in the semi finals after a good first round and quarters showing. Dave did however make the DK final finding good barrels and outside set waves with good sections to turn on.

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Jason Bitzer

Sport Chalet and the United States Bodyboard Association (USBA) are kicking off the 2009 Bodyglove USBA Grand Slam Tour at the Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding in Huntington Beach, California, on May 23rd.

Sport Chalet was a sponsor in the 2008 USBA tour and continues to ride the waves this year with the USBA.

Bodyboarding fans are invited to meet some of the world's best riders including Dave and Jeff Hubbard, Jonah and Jacob Romero, Spencer Skipper, Jason Bitzer, Eddie Solomon, Ross McBride, Jeremy Wright and many more at a kick-off autograph signing event on May 22nd, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Sport Chalet, located at 16242 Beach Boulevard.

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Emma Cobb

WBA event two was held at beautiful Whaley Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We were greeted with sunshine and clean 2-3ft swell lines rolling in. Also there to greet us were a crew of more than twenty fluoro coloured girls ready to join in the fun!

Nearly everyone had dressed in the tight and bright theme, with some especially crazy outfits from Zoe, Julia, Cobber, Karleah, Em Roby, and Farmer Flare.

We quickly set up the tent and equipment, and while the A division got ready to surf their first heats, a few of the girls paddled out for a fun free surf, some still wearing their outfits. Classic!

It was awesome to see such a good mix of girls turn up for the event, including our international members Chiara Pisapia from Italy, Lucy Cioffi from Cornwall UK, plus Noriko Smith from Japan and Eveline Mussi from Brazil, who are also from the Maroubra bodyboarding club (along with Kathryn Osborne and Natalie Fernandez). Welcome girls!

We also had our first ever mother daughter team turn up to compete, with wheelchair bound Rani Head-Toussaint, and her mum Kerry, both joining in the action in the A and AA divsions.

A few competitive highlights of the day included:

- Rani charging on her surf mat. With no mobility in her legs, everyone was amazed at Rani’s surfing ability. Rani had amazing wave knowledge and was catching all the sets and riding them into the beach then paddling straight back out again for more. Rani surfed so well she made it into the finals and into 2nd place overall for the A division. A huge inspiration to everyone!

- Ali and Jacqui going head to head in both the A and AA divisions, with each making the final in both divisions and taking a win! Go girls!

- Eveline’s awesome DK skills had everyone hooting. Plus Noriko’s tight spins, Cobber’s invert, Karleah’s bright green jacket, Tassie milking every wave, Roby’s back boarding (????), Wombat’s lovely morning after smell, Sandy’s camera skills, and just everyone being out there and having a good time!

Thanks to all the girls who turned up on the day for making it such a fun event and for helping out with setting up, judging, and cleaning up!

Final Results went as follows:

A division

1st Ali Kriz (Avoca) Hive swimwear voucher

2nd Rani Head-Toussaint (Narrabeen) $30 BSC voucher

3rd Kathryn Osborne (Maroubra) $20 BSC voucher

4th Jacqui Stevenson (Pymble) BSC board bag


1st Jacqui Stevenson (Pymble) Hive swimwear voucher

2nd Zoe Edwards (Mona Vale Pub) $30 BSC voucher

3rd Noriko Smith (Japan/Maroubra) $20 BSC voucher

4th Ali Kriz (Avoca) BSC board bag


1st Emma Cobb (Milton) Hive swimwear voucher

2nd Eveline Mussi (Brazil/Sydney) $30 BSC voucher

3rd Emma Roby (Kiama) $20 BSC voucher

4th Julia Heasman (Seaforth) BSC board bag

We had so many prizes to give away we decided to raffle the rest of them!

The major prize was a voucher for a Custom designed Milkshakes bodyboard and download an order form in the customs section to get one of your very own). The winner was mum of Rani, and all round shredder, Kerry Head!

Kathryn Osborne and Jacqui Stevenson were the winners of two Hooda vouchers.

And the three BSC bicep leashes went to Monique Farmer, Zoe Edwards, and Emma Roby.

Best dressed was won by Farmer Flare with her classic lycra full body suit, in hot pink! Definitely embracing the tight and bright theme and taking it a little further by also surfing in it.