More than 180 bodyboarders expected in the 2009 IBA Women's Pipeline Pro

February 10, 2009 | Bodyboarding

IBA Women's World Tour

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Women's Pipeline Pro. 

In 1988 five women got together to start the first Women's contest at Pipeline. At the time there were few Women stand up surfers challenging themselves at the famous spot. It was the "boggieboarders" charging the tubes. 

As time went on Women bodyboarders gained much respect for their athletic abilities. Giant tubes were ridden, World Champions were crowned. 

The International Bodyboarders Association now heads up the world tour and bodyboarding is continually growing around the world.  South America is seeing a huge growth in the sport and the Japanese contingent has always been very strong.

Bodyboarding is a great viewing sport as the action is gymnastic in style with combinations of highly technical maneuvers. Bodyboarders are known for their strength and endurance and this “Grand Slam” double point event will bring the best of the best!

What: Three-discipline surf contest at the most famous surf spot in the world, The Banzai Pipeline. Top rated Women shortboarders, longboarders and bodyboarders take on the tubes of Pipeline and backdoor Pipeline.

When: March 31 - April 14, 2009 the best 3 days of a 15-day waiting period. Morning start 8am to 4pm.

Where: Oahu, Hawaii. The surf mecca of the world, The North Shore.
Ehukai Beach Park, Kamehameha Highway across from Sunset Beach Elementary School.

Who: The best extreme Women surfers and bodyboarders in the World.
Three-day competition allows for 180 competitors.

Event: This inaugural event brings together Pro surfers and the Girl Scouts of Hawaii in celebration of Women's leadership. This year's theme, courage, confidence and character, is a common thread between surfers and scouts.

The event seeks to inspire young women to lead healthy lifestyles and aspire for excellence in sports. These girls will be tomorrow’s leaders of their communities! 

With the help of our sponsors we hope to benefit Camp Paumalu on Oahu's North Shore in its quest to be ecologically balanced.

We are designing an educational eco friendly organic health and yoga gathering for the community along side the exciting contest of Women’s athletic abilities!

Women's Bodyboarding has grown over the past two decades to become a full-blown International sport and athlete's represent all corners of the globe including Spain, Portugal, Venezuela, Australia, Hawaii, England & Brazil.

The IBA stage a series of events for Women all around the World on a variety of levels.

These events are all rated depending on a variety of criteria to distribute points towards the World Championship.

The three levels of competition include:

Regional Events
These events are smaller competitions that have the potential to grow into International events and have a minimum of US$5,000 and 250 Championship points

International Events
These events are large scale competitions normally linked to Men's events that offer a minimum of US$15,000 and 1000 Championship points

Grand Slam Events
These are the biggest events at the best venues and showcase the best riders in the World. Only established events that are deemed to be the best in that Country / Continent qualify. US$15,000 Minimum and 1500 Championship points are offered at Grand Slams.

The IBA is the exclusive owner of the IBA World Tour and Grand Slam concepts.

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