Josh Speechly

The third round of the Rebel Sport Pro Tour will be staged at 13th beach on the weekend of the 23rd & 24th of May and will feature some of the biggest names in the sport.

Current ratings leader Jake Stone (Qld) and second placed Mitch Rawlins (WA) and last years overall champion Dave Winchester (NSW) will lead a star studded field into the 2 Star event.

“I can’t wait for the comp at Vico” said Wincester.

“ 13th Beach always has some good peaky ramps and the tour this year is really stacked with talent so it helps to push you”

Leading the charge for the locals will be Jayden Hunt (Surf Coast) and Josh Speechely (Surf Coast).

“I am pumped. The last few years this event was staged at Warrnambool and I didn’t feel like I had a home court advantage.” said Jayden.

“ I follow the Rebel Sport Pro Tour around the country and now it’s in my backyard I’m keen to do well”

“ The local groms are pumped to see their hero’s and also try to qualify for the Nationals”

Along with the Rheopaipo Pro the Victorian State Amateur titles will be contested and the top placegetters will represent Victoria at the RAW Australasian Titles at Duranbah (Qld) in November.

The Rebel Sport Pro Tour goes from Qld to NSW, Victoria, West Australia, South Australia and then Tasmania before wrapping up again in Queensland.

It’s a major stepping stone in the path to becoming a Pro Bodyboarder and the Top 10 at the end of each season are seeded directly into the IBA World Tour event at Pipeline Hawaii.

IBA Australasia General Manager Terry McKenna says that the sport is experiencing a boom worldwide as well as here in Australia.

“ The sport is really growing globally. Despite the tough economic times the sales of bodyboards is increasing. Maybe because of the affordability and easy entry level that the sport offers”.

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Jose Luis Ugarte

We, the Peruvian Association of Bodyboarding, are proud to invite you to participate in the IBA WMT event, The Peruvian Inka Challenge, that will be held in one of the cities of the Old Inka Empire, LIMA, from the 21st to the 26th of July, right before the Peruvian Independence Day (on the 28th).

There will be a US$20.000 prizepool split between the winners and 1000 points for the IBA World Ranking.

Also we´ll have some visits to some historical places and some sick spots around the city.
This is going to be something Historical for us, the Peruvian Bodyboarders, having your honorable visit in our land and our ocean.

Please feel free to write an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I´ll be pleased to help you out.

Much aloha from the Inka Land, and we hope to see you soon !!!

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2009 Shark Island Challenge

For over 20 years Cronulla’s Shark Island has been a proving ground for high performance Bodyboarding in Australia.

In 1997 this proving ground was extended to a selected international contingent, when a hardcore group of Cronulla locals created a competition format they named The Shark Island Challenge. The concept was simple: Invite the world’s best riders to Cronulla to surf Australia’s original wave of consequence to compete in a “winner takes all” shoot out.

Over the past 12 years the Shark Island Challenge has become one of the most prestigious events in the world, synonymous with some of the most breath taking competition images in bodyboarding history. For many years the SIC has been voted by bodyboarders world wide as the most prestigious event on the planet, and has been seen as one of the toughest contests on the tour. This year will be no different.

Although there have been some changes to the competition format over the last 7 years, the 2009 Shark Island Challenge will reinstate the original competition format: 16 wildcard invitees riders and 4 trialists will have the opportunity to compete for a $10,000.00 prize purse at Australia’s most prestigious event in a “winner takes all” shoot out.

The return to an invitees only format will ensure that the world best riders, whether they are underground, well travelled, sponsored, recluse wave hunters, or past or present world champions will be part of these selected few who will be on hand to take on the best SINGLE DAY of waves held over a 3 week waiting period.

Contest Director Mark Fordham said of SIC 2009 “The criteria for the event has always been the heaviest move on the most critical section wins. We are confident that we will get the right mix of riders to make a spectacular event”.

So in 2009 the Shark Island Challenge returns – ‘The Beast Has Been Unleashed’ - the original concept where a champion of champion is crowned. Through expressions of interest riders will nominate themselves to be one of the chosen 16 of the world’s most feared hard nuts, and granted wildcards to tackle one of Mother Nature’s most feared waves. To top it off four riders from the Brett Young Memorial Trials (to be staged at Cronulla Point 4th -5th of July) will be flung into the arena to mix it up with the freaks....

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