Rene Xavier

Today we had perfect conditions on Estaleirinhos Beach,, with no wind and 6-8 ft waves.

The Brazilians make up the majority on semifinals, with five of eight competitors left in the event being locals.

In girls event The top-5 on 2008 IBA World Tour did a great job and will fight for title tomorrow. Natasha Sagardia (PRC) will compete against Eunate Aguirre (SPN), and Neymara Cavalho will meet Isabela Sousa in an all Brazilian semifinal match-up.
Mike Stewart (HAWAII)  had a good performance and is the only foreign athlete that will compete in semifinals. The Hawaiian will compete against Rene Xavier.

"I hope that the waves are bigger tomorrow, because when there is alot of punch in the swell it suits me better. I'm just taking one heat at a time", said Mike.
The other semifinal is between Lucas Nogueira (BRZ) and the current world champion Uri Valadão (BRZ). Lucas had the best event performance today with 17.75 points in his quarter final.

   Quarter Final 1                                                   Quarter final 2   

Red           Airem Cabrera    Canary Is    2            Red       Mike Stewart    Hawaii    1
White        Rene Xavier    Brazil    1                     White     Magno Oliveira    Brazil   2
  Quarter final 3                                                     Quarter final 4

Red        Rui Pereira    Portugal    2            Red       Roberto Bruno    Brazil    2
White     Lucas Nogueira    Brazil    1          White        Uri Valadao    Brazil    1

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2009 Katherine Melo Bodyboarding Pro

Day three conditions were better than yesterday with good waves (6-8 ft) and no wind on Estaleirinhos Beach. The 3rd and 4th round of males were completed and the girls will compete only on Saturday.

Mike Stewart was one of the best riders today and won his two heats with good performances. The Hawaian said that he is impressed with the good waves in Brazil.

"It 's good to see this kind of waves here in Brazil. I'm happy to win this heats but I know that i can be better. Tomorrow I hope that i can be better than today", said the 9 times world champion.

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Mark McCarthy

With contestants on standby and indicators pointing to some quality conditions, the competitors for the 2009 Cave Rock Challenge were poised for an early start and arrived at Durban's Bluff to be greeted by 'just what the doctor ordered' - solid six foot, back breaking and firing Cave Rock beasts! The contest was ON!

Contest organisers held a quick meeting to decide the format that would run as the easterly wind was predicted later in the day and it was decided to hold 2 rounds with both heat scores counting towards an overall score - highest score wins.

Waves of Consequence

Round one definitely saw the best of the conditions with glassy, clean, hollow pits being enjoyed by the contestants and allowing them to show case their bodyboarding skills in waves which bodyboarders thrive on. As a Speciality Event on the SABA circuit, the aim of the contest is to add a wave venue onto the circuit which is competed in 'Waves of Consequence' and the Rock delivered just that and in the process chewed up and spat out three broken bodyboards from Rob Gray, Mark McCarthy and David Lee - all riding different brand boards.

Lee tried to sub a monster set wave and came up with a broken board, Gray tried to land a huge roll in the flats, which broke his board and, what many are calling the highlight of the contest, McCarthy launched a massive invert and tried to land it on his face (Go Boetie!), in the end severely creasing his board. According to fellow casualty David Lee, "that was the biggest invert I've ever seen!"

Stand Outs

Jared Houston, who had flown up from Cape Town for the event, launched two huge scissor kick inverts, which blew the crowd away, but unfortunately didn't land either of them. Derek Footit, representing the South Coast crew and Daniel Worsley, the other Capetonian, each threw in a few flips to open their accounts. Charles Pass, a Durban local, had a really good launch, which he inverted and landed, and for a while that was the best move of the contest.

Wesley Fischer launched some big inverts and air-roll-spins (ARS) to keep himself in the hunt, but it was the man of the moment, Mark McCarthy, who came up with the goods - a long tube and ARS combo, coupled with another near perfect tube and ARS combination, and a few inverts as back up, gave the man from Richards Bay the 2009 Cave Rock Challenge title + R2500 cash prize.

Wesley Fischer took second + R2000 cash prize, with Charles Pass (R1500) and Jared Housten (R1000) completing the top four.

Fittingly, McCarthy also won the chocolate cake for the best wave of the contest but willingly gave it to Jared Houston as a present because it was his birthday.

Final Results

1st Mark McCarthy (Richards Bay, NKZN): 87.5 points
2nd Wesley Fischer (Durban, CKZN): 82.8 points
3rd Charles Pass (Durban, CKZN): 72.5 points
4th Jared Housten (Cape Town, WP): 67.3 points
5th Derek Footit (Uvongo, SKZN): 57 points
6th Daniel Worsley (Cape Town, WP): 56 points
7th Michael 'Ratt' Ostler (Durban, CKZN): 51.5 points
8th Terence Pieters (Uvongo, SKZN): 47.5 points
9th Mark Watts (Durban, CKZN): 45.8 points
10th Rob Gray (Durban, CKZN): 45.5 points
11th David Lee (Uvongo, SKZN): 44.5 points
12th Stuart Bradford (Durban, CKZN): 43.5 points
13th Iain Campbell (Durban, CKZN): 34 points
14th Jake Rosenberg (Durban, CKZN): 33 points
15th Tim Singh (Durban, CKZN): 15.75 points
15th Jonathan Oliff (Durban, CKZN): 15.75 points