Nick Perry

Pride Bodyboards would like to announce the signing of northern beaches local and the ‘really, really, really good looking’ Nick Perry.

Commonly known as ‘Pedro Linguisey’, Nick has been on a mission this winter both up and down the coast, competing on the Aussie Tour as well as clocking up the frequent flyers chasing swells. We got a few quick words off the man after an epic session down the south coast.

‘I have been riding the new boards for the last 3 weeks down the south coast and I was blown away! The ride and quality far surpassed my expectations!

Pedro joins one of the strongest youth teams in Australia with the likes of Sam Bennett, Mitch Woodland, Cade Sharp, Ben Veitch, Shaun Pyne and Jimmy Williamson.

‘I am stoked to be involved with Pride. The team of riders has so many different personalities and they are all in it to push the sport as far as it can go…. coupled with the support behind them… yeah, i am stoked! These guys will be the future... no doubt’.

2009 Soldiers Beach Pro

The forth event on the 2009 Rebel Sport Pro Tour got underway today in clean 2-3 feet surf and the locals showed that a home court is an advantage.

Simon Cowan and Shaun Pettersen (Norah Head) were both convincing winners posting scores in the high 8 range.

“Yeh, the waves were good but selecting the best ones is always hard when you have four guys all scrambling for them” said Pettersen.

“I’m glad to get the first one out of the way. Its always a mental barrier for me and even though its my home beach its actually more pressure because my friends and family can come and watch, adding a bit more pressure than normal” admitted Cowan.

Other standout’s from day one included Ashley Bryant (Gold Coast) and Dallas Singer (Newcastle). The Soldiers beach Pro will continue on Saturday when the Top 16 seeds take on the qualifiers.

Number one seed Joe Clarke (Gold Coast) looked impressive in the warm-up session and said that the venue is perfect for competition.

“This beach pumps!! The way that the contest is elevated gives you a great vantage point for spectating and the peaky nature of the wave allows for some high performance moves” said Clarke.

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Mark Watts claims the 2009 Wedge Classic at Plettenberg Bay | Photo: Gareth White

For one week, each winter, Plettenberg Bay has opened its arms to and become home to the bodyboarding community as the Wedge Classic comes to town - a contest which has become one of the most anticipated events on the SABA Circuit calendar.

The Wedge is a super-fun, contestable wave which at a few metres from shore makes it a great spectator event and with beach and evening activities always on the go, the event's drawcard is as much social as it is competitive.

This year, however, the contest was at risk of not happening; the previous organisers, Wave Crest Distribution, are sadly no longer in business and unlike other contests on the circuit, there is no local provincial association to run the event. So two months prior to the event, a rescue mission was hatched - to save the contest for 2009 - with an aim of bigger and better for 2010.

Credit must go to the local organising committee which was set-up hastily before the event - if you were going to get involved in running an event for the first time, you'd want more than a few weeks to prepare

However, I would like to pay special tribute to the contest director, Pat Harris, who for those of us who know what she does she has earned a lot of respect. secondly, to Ian Kruger and Bitou Tourism - without Ian stepping in to approach and broker the sponsorship deal with Bitou, this event would not have got off the ground in the first place.

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