- 17 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
The fourth annual Knights Beach Pro, South Australia's premier bodyboarding event, returns to Knights Beach in Port Elliot this weekend.
The Knights Beach Pro is the penultimate event in the 2009 Rebel Sports Pro Tour; and will be a key event for any riders hoping to win the Australasian title. Shown by past event winners Andrew Lester (2007) and Dave Winchester (2008) who both went on to be crowned the Australasian Champion.
The event sprung from humble beginnings in 2006 as a field of no more than 30 competitors gathered to contest the event which was eventually won by Corey McLean (QLD). Since then the event has grown phenomenally and will hopefully this year include some of the world’s top named bodyboarders, including the likes of current world number 6 Dave Winchester.
Corey McLean (Qld) is currently leading the charge but there are some big names now back from the IBA World Tour in Europe with Winny, Mitch, Chad, Novy & Brad all locked in to compete.
"I still have a long way to go" said McLean who has just signed a deal as the face of RAW and Rebel Sport.
" All the boys will be keen for catch-up points after 5 weeks in Europe so it's going to be hard" said Corey.
Entries close 5pm Friday so if your interested in competing please contact Terry on 0401023661.
The event is also a great opportunity for some of South Australia's most talent riders including brothers Eli and Dylan Beach, to gain national exposure for themselves amongst a world class field of riders.
The first three years of the Knights Beach Pro have scored perfect surf conditions and beautiful weather to contest the event. Contest organiser Tim Doman of Surfing South Australia will be hoping to continue this run of good luck and draw an even bigger and better crowd than last year.
"September is a really good time for surfing in South Australia, we have good swells, good weather and often days of offshore winds" Tim said.
"I will rarely check the charts before this event as we have only two days to run it and I only want to hold it at Knights, so if the weather is good, that's awesome, if not it's too bad but the show rolls on.
"This is my favourite event on the surfing calendar, it is always such a spectacle to watch the guys throwing it all on the line at Knights".
This weekends event also coincides with round three of the bodyboarding state titles, which is the states best amateur riders the final chance to qualify for the 2009 national squad at Duranbah, QLD.
- 15 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
The 2009 BSA/BBC Auto-Sleepers British Bodyboard Nationals were completed over the weekend, with impressive performances across all divisions and a new National Champion crowned.
With highly contestable waves all weekend at Porthtowan, the cream of British bodyboarding ripped the conditions apart in pursuit of the biggest prize pot in European national championship competition. The highlight was the Open and Drop Knee finals, with the winners needing near perfect scores to win.
The Women’s and age category divisions (Cadet – Under 16, Junior – Under 18, Senior – Over 28 and Masters – Over 35) were all completed on Saturday in two- to three-foot conditions. The Porthtowan banks were producing an abundance of open faces and rampy sections, so there was no shortage of opportunity for the competitors to strut their stuff.
The Under 16s saw Stephen Hall battle through the heats to successfully defend his title. Sam Newby upped his game to finish a creditable second, with Olly Bayliss third and James Moores fourth.
The Under 18s ultimately produced a memorable contest between Stephen Hall and Cian Salmon. These two, along with Luke Brabyn, dominated their respective early round heats and were clear favourites in the final. Jarryd Wingfield secured the last final berth with a late combo in his semi to progress.
As it was, it was the looping el-rollos of Salmon that caught the judges’ eye in the final and secured the victory. Hall came second after a series of good combination moves but was missing any eye-catching moves above the lip line; he narrowly beat Brabyn into third and Wingfield into fourth place.
The Seniors saw current Welsh champion Mark ‘Splinter’ Griffiths qualify for the Over 28 division for the first time; and the diminutive former WSG representative saw off stiff competition to clinch the win.
The Senior’s division produced the stand out surfing of the day through the heats, and saw Bjorn Storey, Dan Catten and Eldred Hawke (fresh from his victory in the Greenaway Pro competition the previous day) join Griffiths in the final. With the biggest waves of the day three-foot sets offered some high-performance lefthand rides as the tide pushed in.
Splint secured victory with three big outside rolls on one wave; the judges all scored the ride in the excellent range.
- 13 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
The last event on the E5'09 (IBA European leg) has been run and won by Brazilians Neymara Carvalho and Lucas Nogueira.
The surf was dropping and the event was finished on the Saturday to take advantage of the decreasing swell.
Neymara defeated fellow Brazilian Isabella Sousa and Lucas best Dave Winchester (Australia).
The IBA World Tour now packs up and heads towards Buzios in Brazil for a WWT & WMT event.
The Women and DK riders will go from there to Venezuela for the Bodyboard Pro festival.
Both the Mens and Women's world titles will be decided at Confital in the Canary Islands at the final Grand Slam for 2009.
Five or six riders are in contention for the crown in the Men and there are three or four potential outcomes in the Women so this year is shaping up as a fairy-tail finish for the IBA so make sure that you stay tuned to all the results.