- 04 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
It was a cool and cloudy start to the day at Doninos beach for the opening rounds of the 2009 Ferrol Deeply Pro.
With a big swell and offshore winds forecast for the next two days organizers opted to just surf the opening rounds of both the Men and the DK.
In the first heat of the day Australian Mitch Rawlins set a high benchmark with a blistering combination of spins and rolls to finish ahead of Luis Perez (Spain). Mitch looked to be in great form and is keen for a good result here in Ferrol.
“Yeh, I am feeling pretty good” said Rawlins. “I missed a few contests this year but I will be trying my best to get points for next year so I can get a better seeding. I am keen to give the World Title a go next year for sure”.
- 03 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
The 4th event on the E5'09 European leg gets underway tomorrow at Doniños Beach, Ferrol, Spain.
Mike Stewart and GT are here along with Ryan Hardy and Pierre Luis Costes to try to get some valuable points up for grabs whilst current ratings leader Jeff Hubbard is back on the US mainland for the USBA event, The Jenks Pro.
Conditions are shaping up nicely for the later part of the week with big swells and offshore winds on the menu so once again webcast viewers will treated to the worlds best in some awesome conditions.
The Surfusiom team have lined up 3 camera's and will deliver a slick webcast.
" I think that this year we will make a really good webcast " said Toni Obenza, event director.
- 02 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
Bodyboarding in Western Australia is currently a buzz with the final EBB State Series event to culminate this weekend in the Yallingup area. Extra excitement is building with some of Australia’s top riders making their way to WA to compete in the fifth Australian bodyboard tour event, the EBB Pro.
WA’s premiere bodyboarding event, is boasting a two star pro men’s division and a two star men’s drop knee division that will see a total of five thousand dollars prize money up for grabs.
Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks commented on the importance of the EBB State Series and the EBB Pro. “This is a crucial event not only for the WA guys who are surfing for spots at the upcoming National Titles, but also the guys here chasing the prize money and ratings points on the IBA Tour.”
“Each year the EBB Pro has been one of my favourite events to be a part of. I think the South-West showcases some great waves for bodyboarding, and each year the standard amongst the riders just keeps getting higher. Im really looking forward to this one.” He said.
The 2009 EBB Pro will be a special one given EBB is celebrating its tenth anniversary since opening it doors for business. Things have come along way since then and now EBB is seen as WA’s ‘exclusive’ retail outlet for bodyboarders, who had long suffered having to shop at surf shops.
Given a date clash with the IBA World Tour, some of WA’s high profile bodyboarders such as Ryan Hardy (Scarborough), Brad Hughes (Trigg), Chad Jackson (Woodlands) will be in Europe chasing world title points, as well as defending champion Michael Novy (QLD).
“It’s a disappointing result not to have our best guys here to compete, but I guess that just creates a more even playing field for those guys who have entered.” Said Justin Majeks.
WA’s leading chances to take out the EBB Pro include 16 year old super grom Alex Halsey (Woodvale), Ben Veitch (Margaret River), Lee Szcezepanski (Margaret River), Brendan Gabel (Mandurah), Ian Fergusson (Scarborough) and Michael Honeybone (Heathridge).
Pushing them will be an impressive list of East coast competitors that includes Jake Stone (QLD), Mitch Woodland (NSW), Glenn Sullivan (NSW), Jones Rusell (NSW) and Thomas Rigby (QLD) who will be all keen to taste success in WA.
Benny Roberts the marketing and team manager for EBB and Void Wetsuits commented on the event saying, “On behalf of Exclusively Bodyboarding and Void, I can tell you that both parties are stoked with being a part of such a great event.”
The EBB Pro promises to be major spectacle and provide onlookers with some non stop action. The event will look to start on Friday morning depending on conditions, with the State Title events beginning on Saturday morning. Event check in will happen Friday 8am at Smith’s for the Pro division and likewise of the State Titles on the weekend.