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.
Jamie O’Brien has been waiting for this moment for a long time after years of watching the contest form his backyard and is eager to show the world that he has the place wired and is up to the challenge.
Jamie will join fellow Hawaiian Leroy Kaiwi in heat two of the fourth round and the eyes of the surfing world will be watching closely to see the outcome.
“Its one of those classic moments in sport when its impossible not to be intrigued” said Terry McKenna from the IBA.
“Both surfers and Bodyboarders have been drawn into this story and will follow it to its conclusion. Its fuelled some interesting banter over the last few weeks since we made the announcement, surfing and Bodyboarding blog sites have been inundated with many different views on the subject. Tomorrow we will see the end result and I for one can’t wait to watch”.
The webcast will begin at 7.30am local time and Jamies heat will be sometime after lunch.
The waiting period begins tomorrow and continues till Feb 27th with the best three days being used for competition.