After a successful trio of events in Qld and Newcastle, The Human Pro Bodyboard Tour for 2008 will head South to the infamous Victorian town of Warrnambool on May 24th & 25th.

Last year the venue dished up the best conditions on tour and an army of competitors will be converging on the Holiday hamlet for the two day event with high expectations. Locals Jarran Milne and Zeb McKinnon believe that the conditions are shaping up well and that as long as the swell and winds combine the banks are as good as ever and will dish up the goods.

For those flying into the event the best way to get there is with Jetstar via Avalon (Vic) Only Jetstar use this airport and it’s a lot closer to Warrnambool (about 1.20 mins) by car. Otherwise there are buses that go from Avalon Airport to Warrnambool. There is lots of accommodation within close proximity to the contest area and there is a back-packers for the budget conscious.

Please note that there will be no DK at this event. Just Pro men and Pro Women. The Victorian State titles will also be run in conjunction with the event. 

There will be an entry fee of $44 for State competitors and that will be the only cost incurred. Surfing Victoria are running the event and taking the entries so please get your entry in early! They will not put up with phone entries and last minute inclusions.

Beach entries to fill vacant spots will be available on Saturday morning but no promises that you will get in. This event will determine the Victorian Team for the Human National Titles to be held at Port MacQuarie from September 15th – 21st.

Source: IBA Australasia

The 9th annual Wimpy Rossi Pro-Am ended off on a huge note on Sunday 4th May on Margate's Main Beach. Those contestants who made it through to the final day were greeted with clean 3 to 4ft conditions and very contestable waves.

The wind swung onshore for a bit and for a moment it looked like the conditions were going to become difficult, but Mother Nature played along and conditions stayed perfect for the remainder of the contest.

The Boys division was hotly contested by Storm Prestwich (SN), Murray van Vuuren (EP), Andre Blignaut and Sebastian Koopman (WP). In the end Storm and Murray went head to head and Storm narrowly came out the victor. Sebastian ended 3rd with Andre in 4th.

It was great to have a full Masters final for this event as previous years there were very few who could make the trip. Mike van Huysteen (CN), Karl Liebenberg (CN), Martin Otto and Kevin Williams (SN) battled it out in the clean surf for 20 minutes and in the end Karl took top spot with Kevin in 2nd, Mike in 3rd and Martin placing 4th.

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Did you know that travel insurance does not cover you if you are competing in an event that has prize money? This will class you as a professional and most of the fine print in all Travel Insurance policies has a clause that will void the policy if this is proven.

Marsh Insurance is working with the IBA to make sure that all Bodyboarders are covered and understand the implications if you are injured (particularly in the USA) during competition. The policy covers the Bodyboarder 24 hours per day and 7 days per week whilst training, practicing and competing in events.

Medical costs overseas can be very expensive. This policy provides up to $500,000 cover if you select the lowest category (being category D) and more coverage is provided the higher the category selected. Unlimited Emergency Medical Evacuation is also provided.

You may wish to take the optional travel extension which provides cover for your baggage and personal effects (includes cover for bodyboards), loss of travel deposits due to cancellation and other expenses as per the policy wording.

Examples of Claims:

Whilst participating for an event in Hawaii came off board and slammed into reef several times receiving multiple facial and body injuries. Had emergency evacuation from island to hospital by helicopter. Amount Claimed $180,000

Injured knee whilst competing in an event. Amount Claimed $149,800

Injured leg whilst practicing. Amount Claimed $31,950

Concussion, burst ear drum and cuts to head whilst competing in an event. Amount Claimed $10,550