- 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.
- 02 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
The 2009 SCION Jenks is set to start this week with day one of the waiting period starting September first. A check in for the USBA athletes was held today August 31st at 7pm at Jenkinson’s Inlet Bar and Restaurant.
Tomorrow will be day one of the events waiting period and already there is small swell on tap out of the ENE looking to provide surf in the 1-3ft range (Chest to head high plus). With this swell on the horizon and another at the end of the week the event organizers are opting to wait until Wendsday to start the contest. Check in Wednesday will be at 8am for a possible start to the Pro men's heats.
The Women's Pro and Amateur divisions are schedule to be held this weekend starting Saturday and into Sunday with the Men's Finals possibly being held until Monday in time for a new swell!
USBA Champ and IBA World Tour leader Jeff Hubbard arrived today in NJ after his big with at the IBA Sintra Pro and was greeted by Jacob Romero and Jason Bitzer who where happy to see the Champ touch down in NJ.
The Jenks and USBA staff are looking forward to having him back at the event as he looks to bring home another Jenks Pro title. We wish all the competitors luck and we will see you at the Shore.
- 01 September 2009 | Bodyboarding
South Africa’s top bodyboarder and World Tour contender, Mark McCarthy, will defend his 2008 SA Championship title at Lamberts Bay on the Cape’s West Coast in September.
The young rider from Richard’s Bay said: “Last year’s Championship at my local break in Richard’s Bay was an amazing experience and I got to surf against SA’s best riders. I am up for the challenge to defend the title this year on the wave-rich West Coast!”
Mark has spent the last three months on the road following the International Men’s Bodyboarding Tour. The last eight weeks have been especially hectic with back-to-back contests in Peru, Chile, Portugal and Spain.
Mark explains that the International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) has introduced a new theory this year with the grand slam events at Pipeline, Arica, Sintra and Confital counting 2 000 points. The eight non-grand slam events will be worth 1 000 points. The IBA title will take the best three out of four grand slam events and the best of two non-grand slam events.
Mark’s focus is to do well in three grand slam events. He is currently lying 8th on the World Tour. His first event was at Pipeline in late February where he finished fifth with a total of 1 250 points.
He then returned to South Africa and spent most of his time at Koel Bay and missed two events in Brazil. He headed to Chile but lost to Dave Hubbard and finished ninth, earning 1 000 points. His main focus now is to get two good results in non-grand slam events and make sure that he finishes in the top three in Sintra, Portugal.
His aim is to stay in contention and have a shot at the title in the final grand slam at Confital in the Canary Islands at the end of the year.
Part of his preparation for this final World Tour event will mean a return to South Africa to compete in the annual South African Bodyboarding Championships in September. Mark is thrilled to be returning to South Africa after months of international competition.
He is part of a team scheduled to host developmental bodyboarding clinics in Lamberts Bay prior to the SA Champs, something that he believes will raise the profile of the sport and introduce a range of new-comers to the fun and clean lifestyle that bodyboarding has to offer.
Kumba Iron Ore are sponsoring all the bodyboarding equipment necessary for 40 kids from the local community and Mark will teaching them the basics of bodyboarding to set them on their way.
“A massive thanks must go to Kumba Iron Ore for their awesome sponsorship – it is great for the future of bodyboarding in South Africa. These kids, like I have, can learn so much about life from the ocean. They are being given the opportunity of a lifetime.”