- 23 February 2009 | Bodyboarding
After an astounding opening day at Pipeline the event has been on-hold as organizers wait for the next swell to hit the North Shore of Oahu.
“ We have most models pointing towards a significant swell event for the early part of the upcoming week and we feel confident that we will wrap up the final two days of competition by Wednesday” said IBA General manager Terry McKenna.
After an epic first day competitors of the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro have been making the most of fun sized Rocky Point and beach park but now it seems the bar is about to be raised as we head into the second day.
After the first four rounds of competition the Australian’s have dominated the field with two of the top three highest scores.
Chris Wilson from the coastal city of Newcastle (NSW, Australia) was the days top scorer posting a 9.40 in his round 3 heat.
“We get some big clean lefts around where I live so I felt at home out there. Big perfect Pipe is a dream with 4 guys out so I was loving it mate” said the elated Aussie.
Next best scores of day one went to Hawaiian Bud Miyamoto (9.33) and Simon Ormerod (9.10 Australia) but both fell before R4.
Oshi Grady (Hawaii) and Damien King (Australia) Rueben Quinones (PRC) were also standouts using their experience to flare up on day 1.
Round 5 will hit the water at 8am on the next day of competition and we will finish off R7 at 4pm.
All eyes will be on the wild cards for this event.
Sponsors wildcards Garth McGregor (Australia) and Andre Botha (South Africa) are two feared competitors and seasoned campaigners.
McGregor is completing an amazing return to the competition arena and is regarded as one of the most powerful riders in the world whilst former world champion Andre Botha is in a similar position after a year or two off the IBA World Tour.
- 18 February 2009 | Bodyboarding
All the indicators pointed towards an incredible day at Pipeline for the first day of the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs – what resulted did not disappoint.
With the first four rounds of the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs completed in epic conditions, the tone of the event had been laid, with the Ormerod twins from Australia, Ruben Quinones (Puerto Rico), Damian King and Oshi Grady (Hawaii) all leading the way.
When the sunrise broke through on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu this morning it revealed something that would be remembered for a many days to come.
The winds were light offshore and the swell was pushing three metres.
By mid morning it was an “ant-farm”, with hundreds of spectators lining the shore, all trying to get a glimpse of the best bodyboarders in the world.
The focus however was on the second heat of round four when Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii) hit the water.
Thousands of online viewers joined the massive crowd on hand to witness history in the making.
The kid that has turned almost as many heads as Kelly Slater taking on the worlds best bodyboarders at his home break.
And he went for it.
O’Brien took some seriously big sets (as expected) and did well to hold his rail in and drive through some big tubes only to be pinched on the end sections.
Former World Champion Ben Player (Australia) commended him on a job well done.
- 17 February 2009 | Bodyboarding
The first day of the 2009 Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro is locked and loaded and ready to fire into action on the North Shore of Oahu.
This is the first event on the International Bodyboarding Association Men’s World Tour for 2009 and carries a Grand Slam status as well as double points towards the championship.
Today the trials were contested at “Erma’s” on the East coast in some punchy 3-4 footers and the 8 Trailists making it through were as follows.
The remaining riders that were in the trials are now on the alternate list and will be standby for a possible start tomorrow morning.
This give us a total of 144 of the Worlds best riders over three days of competition during the 11 day waiting period.
“Tomorrow is looking like a 99% chance for a start ” said Terry McKenna, IBA International General manager.
“ The swell kicked up to almost 8-10 feet at Pipe this afternoon and will back off a touch by the morning. The free-surfing session this afternoon was nothing short of amazing and the stage is set for a massive day tomorrow”
Tomorrow will also see the history books re-written when one of the most exciting surfers in the world takes on the bodyboarders at his home break.