Alex Halsey

After some pretty serious weather in the metro area leading into the event, conditions that greeted competitors on day one weren’t exactly pleasant.

A solid swell and fresh southerly winds made the going tricky, with most Perth beaches maxing out or with huge rips running through them. Event officials were forced to move the event from Scarborough to City Beach, where the groynes provided some protection from the breeze as well as some great barrelling right and left hand bowls in the 3-4 foot range.

“We looked right along the coast this morning from as far south as Fremantle right to Scarborough to try and find the best location. Given the size of the swell and wind direction most spots were pretty crazy, we have to consider competitor safety as well as the weather forecast when choosing the best event site.” Said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks, who was suitably impressed with the waves that were on offer.

“There were some really good ones, nice barrel sections as well as plenty of ramps for boosting.”

After a record number of entries at the first event for 2009, the second round was no different with over 80 competitors looking qualify of the WA State Bodyboard Team. With the 2009 Bodyboard National Titles scheduled to be held at Duranbah in Queensland, there was a lot of motivation to do well.

The preliminary heats of the Open Men’s division were highlighted by the performances of Alex Whitehead (North Beach), Rob Fergusson (Woodlands), Brendan Gabel (Mandurah), Ben Veitch (Margaret River), and Johno Russell (Madora Bay). But it was the new up and comers that were turning heads as well. Alex Halsey (Woodvale), Lewy Finnegan (Ocean Reef) Aiden Stampalia (Joondalup) and Charlie Carter (Dianella) all surfed above their age divisions and put some of their older rivals on notice with some solid scoring waves. None more so than Halsey, who was by far the most consistent competitor of the weekend, and looked to be the man to beat in both the Open and Junior Men’s.

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2009 Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding

The Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding saw big moves and solid crowds today to kick off day one of the two day event. It was Hawaiian domination with Jeff Hubbard leading the charge, while Jacob and Jonah rounded out the movement.

All three riders landed themselves in the Men’s Pro finals. Jeff Hubbard was linking outside combos spin to ars’s and solid rolls in the 3-4ft conditions.

Dave Hubbard was not as fortunate getting knocked out in the semi finals after a good first round and quarters showing. Dave did however make the DK final finding good barrels and outside set waves with good sections to turn on.

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Jason Bitzer

Sport Chalet and the United States Bodyboard Association (USBA) are kicking off the 2009 Bodyglove USBA Grand Slam Tour at the Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding in Huntington Beach, California, on May 23rd.

Sport Chalet was a sponsor in the 2008 USBA tour and continues to ride the waves this year with the USBA.

Bodyboarding fans are invited to meet some of the world's best riders including Dave and Jeff Hubbard, Jonah and Jacob Romero, Spencer Skipper, Jason Bitzer, Eddie Solomon, Ross McBride, Jeremy Wright and many more at a kick-off autograph signing event on May 22nd, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Huntington Beach Sport Chalet, located at 16242 Beach Boulevard.

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