- 24 September 2008 | Bodyboarding
Dave Winchester (South Curl Curl, NSW) has officially taken out the 2008 Human Australasian Bodyboarding Pro Tour after finishing third in the Human Port Mac Pro on Sunday.
The 2008 Human Bodyboarding Pro Tour has been the strongest on record with some of the worlds greatest bodyboarders competing including Mitch Rawlins, Micheal Novy, Brad Hughes, Chad Jackson and Ryan Hardy.
The resurgence of competitive bodyboarding has been a result of more lucrative prize money on offer at each Pro Tour event, plus the level of quality riders supporting the tour.
Dave Winchester, has been competing on both the world circuit and Australasian Circuit for some time now and he his thrilled to have taken the title.
"It feels really good, this is something i have wanted to do since I first got on the tour eight years ago. It's good to set a goal and achieve it" said Dave
Competitively Dave found that this year was one of the hardest years ever competing on the Australasian Tour, which has made the win even more sweeter.
"This year was extremely competitive with a lot of big names coming back to the tour, guys like Mitch Rawlins, Brad Hughes, Michael Novy, Ryan Hardy, Chad Jackson and then young up and comers like Joe Clark and Dave Crowley, all these guys made every comp this year a tough one, there were never any easy heats". said Dave
Dave will now take a well earned rest, before getting married to his fiance in three weeks. In 2009 Dave is looking forward to competing both on the world circuit as well as the Australasian Pro Tour.
- 19 September 2008 | Bodyboarding
Film maker Bryce Thurston follows up his 2007 epic Roam with a groundbreaking documentary that follows Nomad FSD riders Chris James, Glen Thurston, & Matt Lackey behind the scenes as they journey around Australia and beyond.
Roam II features amazing footage from Tahiti, South Oz, Victoria, West Oz, Forster DK Chopper shoot and the NSW South Coast, and showcases other talented riders including Ryan Hardy, Jake Stone, Adam Luehman, Michael Novy, Simon Ormerod, Dave Hubbard and Mitch Rawlins.
Roam II is a Digital Children production, presented by Nomad Bodyboards, in association with Limited Edition Fins & Agent18 Wetsuits, and supported by Yamaha, Bodyboarders Surf Co. & Riptide Magazine.
- 09 September 2008 | Bodyboarding
The final day of the 2008 SCION NYBB Pro Presented by Verizon Wireless was nothing short of an amazing event.
Mother Nature was the events best friend today as tropical storm Hana had moved off the coast of NY providing swell and offshore/cross shore winds for the first round of the Men’s Pro.
Starting off the contest was a focused Jeremy Wright who progressed through his heat with ease, along with a Puerto Rico’s Jorge Colomar.
In heat two of round one Jason Bitzer seemed to have a field day with the solid conditions linking a barrel to roll to barrel combo and a solid invert to back up his first wave for the win. Miguel Ochoa of Long Beach did his home town proud placing second to an on fire Jeff Hubbard who was keeping the level of surfing high through the event.
An upset went down with three Californian riders going down in round one. Rusty Friesen, Ray Machado and Justin Crossman all could not find their rhythm and were headed back to NYC to enjoy the rest of their vacations. Willy Petrovick (HI), David Phillps (HI), Sean Kircher (NY) and Brian Stoehr (MD) all put together solid performances pushing them through to the quarter final round.
Hawaiian hero Jonah Romero was not as fortunate and was left on the beach to watch his brother Jacob advance into the next round.
In the quarters, much of the local talent started to lose their steam after great first round efforts. Names such as former East Coast Champ John Heyman and famous photographer Matt Clack along with local charger Tim Seif (all from Long Island), where taken down along with NJ talent Ryan Wade.
Just prior to the Semi final heats the winds had shifted more west making the offshore conditions more textured and difficult to read. This left riders like Jason Bitzer( NJ/HI), Miguel Ochoa (NY),Sean Kricher (NY) and Brian Stoehr (MD) off their game. Jason and Brian finished 3rd and 4th in their heats respectively, both not finding the second score they needed to advance.