- 08 January 2009 | Bodyboarding
David Speller dominated the Earth Wind & Water Channel Island Bodyboarding Championships 2008, by winning the Open, Junior and Drop-Knee titles in pumping 3-6ft surf at Petit Port Reef early on Sunday morning.
Following a month of postponements due to December’s poor weekend surf conditions, the belated 2008 event finally got underway in bitter conditions, with an air temperature of only -3 Celsius.
Due to the severity of the cold, the organisers, the Jersey Bodyboarders, adapted the format of the event so that each bodyboarder would only have to surf one long heat, rather then be in and out the cold sea throughout the morning. The competitor’s highest scoring two waves would then count towards their overall championships score. This made for an interesting competition, as the usual heat progression tactics of doing just enough to progress through a heat had to be put aside, in favour of going all out for the win.
Heat one saw junior surfers Dan Garton, Mike Alfano, Phil Le Neveu and British junior champion Speller first up to test the conditions. Le Neveu was the first to post a high scoring ride, finding himself perfectly positioned for a big drop into an A-frame 6ft peak. Le Neveu followed this wave with two more good right-handers, launching a big air on the first one and an excellent back-flip on the other. Unfortunately the manouevres weren't fully completed, and therefore didn't post notable scores from the judging panel. Garton, the youngest competitor in the event missed out on the bigger set waves, but did pull into one very hollow barrel on the inside, which slammed shut on him, giving him quite a wipeout.
Alfano's bodyboarding has gone up a level recently, and this was again evident as he found some good peeling waves performing forward and reverses 360's along the way. It was Speller who shone in this heat though, by first wetting the judge’s appetite by launching into an incomplete back-flip attempt, which was followed next wave by a much bigger and this time perfectly executed back-flip on a hollow left-hander. Later in the heat Speller found another hollow left, posting a second high score, following a cleanly exited tube ride.
Heat two featured Eduardo Afonso, Andy de la Mare, Seb Bonnier and one of the pre-contest favourites Clint Loake. Despite riding some of the biggest and heaviest waves of the day, Loake failed to find his usual rythym, and couldn't make his manoeuvres stick. Meanwhile de la Mare, was picking off some solid clean peeling waves, pulling spins along the way. Eduardo and Bonnier both had good rides of their own, but couldn't find strong second scoring waves to back up their best rides.
- 07 January 2009 | Bodyboarding
2009 began with a bang for Nomad Bodyboards yesterday with both Glen Thurston & Matt Lackey re-signing with the company.
The two join compatriot Chris James as the 3 core and founding members of Nomad’s F.S.D. (Free Surf Division).
The Nomad F.S.D. was established to allow Nomad’s collective of riders an opportunity to not only provide their expertise on product design and development, but to also provide a program to launch projects of their own creation.
This program has spawned the successful ROAM film series and the Riptide covermount film 40 days around the world. The original ROAM received the honour of being voted “Best Video” in the 2008 Riptide peer poll, with it’s follow up ROAMII released 2 months ago.
Nomad owner Shane Britten said of the signing “We are stoked to be continuing our long standing relationships with both Lackey & Pence.
These guys are amazingly talented in the water, and along with Chris James we have built a formidable team that enjoys working as a collective on projects as much as we enjoy working with them.”
With Chris James, Matt Lackey, & Glen Thurston reconfirming their commitment to the F.S.D., 2009 promises to be another fantastic year for Nomad Bodyboards.
- 06 January 2009 | Bodyboarding
662 Bodyboard Shop proudly announces Hawaiian bodyboarder Jeff Hubbard to their team.
Hubbard is the most recognized bodyboarder in the world who constantly pushes the boundaries of the sport.
Eddie Solomon, 662 Director, is very excited about Hubbard joining the team and stated: "662 has been following Jeff's bodyboarding career for a long time now, Jeff's commitment and determination for the sport has made him the most popular bodyboarder in the world. With 662's future plans to globalize, there is no one better than Jeff to help us achieve our goals. We look forward to supporting Jeff and can't wait to see what he will achieve in the coming years."
662's newest team rider Hubbard said: "I am very excited to be a part of 662's expansion. They have some big plans for the future and my goals correspond perfectly with theirs. 662 is a big supporter of the sport I love and I will be supporting them in this quest."
As respective leaders of the sport, Hubbard and 662 will work together to take the sport to higher levels.
About Hubbard: Hubbard is the 2006 IBA World Champion from Kauai, Hawaii. His style is characterized by crazy aerial tricks, and recognized by constantly pushing the boundaries of the sport.
His split leg invert and looped 360 airs are a kind of trademark,and he is also regarded as one of the few bodyboarders to ever land an aerial 720, and the only rider to ever pull a rewind (air forward to front flip).