- 11 July 2009 | Bodyboarding
The 4Lines Sport´s Concepts SA, the City hall of Nazaré and Nazaré Qualifica, E.M., want to communicate to the entire world bodyboard community, the cancellation of the Nazaré World Master, that would take place in Praia do Norte - Nazaré, during November 2009.
This postponement is due to financial reasons mainly, that affect directly, the realization of this event , that would promote our sport in an international level, regarding TV, video, general press and online media.
We believe that Praia Norte of Nazaré will be, in a short-term period, one of the best stages of the IBA World Tour.
From our side we will do everything to change mentalities in Portugal in order to offer the best conditions to the all IBA riders.
Is our wish to innovate in terms of communication and promotion of our sport at a global level. For us, that is the only way that makes sense to start this event.
- 09 July 2009 | Bodyboarding
Day 2 of The Wedge Classic 09, which is brought to you by Nomad Bodyboards, Bitou Tourism and The Surf Store, saw us blessed with an unbelievable day of perfect weather and an amazing turnout of supporters and spectators. Winds were light, clean offshore, with small, but very contestable waves. Although the waves were only peaking in the 2 - 3ft range riders in all divisions put together all their possible manoeuvres to advance into the next rounds.
Round 1 of the Drop Knee (DK) division, saw the only lady competitor in the division, Nikki Gericke, being eliminated. Gericke showed no fear when it came to riding DK and could have been a threat to her fellow competitors had she made it through. She has vowed to be back next year to challenge the male dominated division.
There were numerous standouts during today's event with young gun, Adam Waites, from Durban, securing a place in both the Pro and Junior division finals. Capetonian, Daniel Worsley, cruised through the DK semi final with solid floaters, good top to bottom turns and exceptional barrel riding skills. Daniel put on a solid performance and will also feature in the Pro finals.
Last years "King of the Wedge", Vaughn Harris, destroyed his Pro quarter final with air roll spin (ARS) to roll combo's and a tweaked invert, but failed to follow on the momentum to make the finals with Michael "Ratt" Ostler (Durban), and Adam Waites, taking 1st and 2nd position in the heat and advancing through.
- 08 July 2009 | Bodyboarding
The first day of The Wedge Classic 09 kicked off with round 1's of all divisions in very trying, but contestable 2 -3 ft conditions at The Wedge, in Plettenberg Bay.
During the day the winds swung from offshore to onshore with swell increasing slightly for riders to give a better show of their contest riding abilities. Using a 3 man panel out of 4 judges, it wasn't hard to pinpoint the standouts of the day.
In the Junior division, Aden Kleve, was the clear standout with smooth clean textbook riding, which saw him advance to the semi final
In the Men's division, Douw Steyn, advanced through to semi finals, with good barrel riding to roll combos, where he will meet winner of the Men's division at The Wedge Classic 2007 and 2008, local lad, Ryan Jucker.
In the DK division Nomad team rider, Sacha Specker, showed his dominance by winning his heat and advancing through to semi finals where he will be up against SABA No 1, Sean Tickner.
Unfortunately Day 1 brought a number of upsets, namely Darren Halse, in the Pro division, who was unlucky to advance needing just another scoring ride sneak past the Brothers Kleve (Joshua and Aden), who both advanced to the Pro quarter finals.