23rd annual South African Bodyboarding Championships

From the 27th September to 2nd October 2009 the Boland Bodyboarding Association will be hosting the 23rd annual South African Bodyboarding Championships. This year's event will take place on the stretch of coastline between Elands Bay and Lamberts Bay.

The decision to host the event on this particular part of the West Coast stemmed from the vast amount of quality breaks and excellent weather the area can produce.

The area has also been part of the Boland locality since the establishment of this province and it was felt by the committee to put these fine locations of high quality waves into use to produce an epic result for the contest. 168 of the top competitors representing their 8 provinces will go head to head for victory in what promises to be a great event.

During the event a development clinic, sponsored by Kumba Iron Ore to the value of R80 000, will be taking place enabling South Africa's top riders to spot the talent amongst the eager youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This is in accordance with SABA's development policy and two clinics, one already having taken place during July, and another in August, will be run prior to the contest.

The Boland Bodyboarding Association together with The Sonsurf organisation, have been coaching local youth as to the basics of bodyboarding as well as the importance of ocean safety. This will ensure that the youngsters are able to compete in a semi final and then onto their own final where a winner will be crowned.

As a direct result of Kumba Iron Ore's contribution each child involved in this years SA Champs Kumba development programme will be given a full kit of bodyboarding gear including an essential wetsuit for the icy Atlantic, board and fins.

The kit is theirs to keep and use during the planned schools league, which is being formed for inter-school competitions in the area. This will ensure that the grass roots are laid for the sport to grow healthily amongst the communities in the Elands Bay area.

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The Bodyboard Expedition

The Bodyboard Expedition is a new project created by pro bodyboarder Jacob Reeve and professional filmmaker James Prola.

The mission is to help raise the next generation of bodyboarders, promoting power, style, bravery, character and skill. We desire to advance the sport of bodyboarding by using the latest technology to host a new kind of video adventure competition which documents, showcases, compares and contrasts the next generation of bodyboarders in waves best suited for bodyboarding.

We travel with contestants to specific locations for an extended period of time. This allows each rider to perform to the fullest of their abilities, not bound by unreasonable time limits and bad conditions. We bring 3 videographers (instead of judges) to video every session. After each trip we edit and posts each rider's custom segment for public viewing and voting.

The Mexico contest has been our greatest adventure yet. It was held in Mainland for 15 days with 8 participants, 2 videographers, and 2 photographers. Jacob Reeve and Phil Harnsberger went head to head in the pro division, with Sundaran Gillespie, Chris Branscombe, Brad Mibas, Charles Marabella, Dillon Fowler, and Seaver Sizemore competing in the amateur division. Exploring the rugged coast line led us to several untouched waves and some interesting experiences.

We are putting the finishing touches on the competitor's segments, and the contest should be online for public voting in early September. The winners from our last BBX Ventura contest will be announced in the next couple weeks.

Mike Stewart wins the 2009 Arica Chilean Challenge

Heat 1 of the quarter finals saw Jeff Hubbard progress against Rene Xavier in a very wave less heat which had been the normal start to each day with high tide conditions! Dave Hubbard progressed today with another sneaky darkhorse effort against Magno Oleveria with a clean tube that Magno could not surpass in Heat 1 of the Quarterfinals.

Amaury Laverhne was ousted by Mike Stewart today who poster a 16.00 to Amaurys 15.67. Great tube rides where the call for both riders during the heat but Mike left nothing to chance gaining the win by tailing Amaury until the heats end.

Next up was Guilherme Tamega vs an on fire Dave Winchester who beat the 6x champ with smooth barrel to roll combos and a barrel to invert on the right that made all the difference sending him to the semi finals.

Semi Final Number 1 saw Brother VS  Brother with Jeff and Dave Hubbard doing battle in what was one of the more exciting heats of all time. Jeff opened up with a huge back flip gaining him a 9.00.

Dave got up Drop Knee on his first wave almost to say good job Jeff you already won, but on his second wave off Jeffs priority Dave threw cuation and safety to the wind with a massive back flip landing hard and in the pocket with enough time to whip another ARS to claim a 10.00 ride and set Jeff into frenzied chase. Dave backed his first with a mid 7 point ride in which Jeff never got a chance to counter.

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