IBA World Tour

For the first time in history Brazil will receive two world tour events sequentially. The Katherine Melo will open the Brazilian leg in April 21st and then the Bahia Bodyboarding Show will take the world best competitors to the north of Brazil.

Both events will distribute a total of $75.000 dollars and 4500 IBA points. IBA Brazil expects more than 400 competitors on both events.

The Katherine Melo 2009 is going for its second year and the event will count for the woman’s as a Grand Slam event, distributing 1500 points. The men will have $25.000 dollars and 1050 IBA points, the highest non Grand Slam event on the tour so far. The event will take place in the estaleirinho beach, in Balneário Camboriu.

The Bahia Bodyboarding Show will be a unique event. Along with the competition rock shows will take place uniting two passions; music and waves.

Bahia, the state of the current world champion, will receive for the first time in history an international event and all the bodyboarding community is pretty anxious to see the best of the best in action. The event will distribute a total of $35.000 dollars ($20.000 for men and $15.000 for women).

We are very happy to receive two world tour events in Brazil in a year that the world is facing difficulties. We want to bring as many international riders to the event that we can. We are preparing lots surprises for all competitors on both events – says Flavio Brito responsible for the events of IBA Brazil.

Online entries
All international riders must confirm their participation on both events by filling out the online entry form. The website is being finished and in the next days we will inform.
Email entries won’t be accepted! All international riders must pay in U$ dollars on the Check in day.

Katherine Melo 2009
Venue: Estaleirinho Beach, Balneário Camboriu, Santa Catarina
Prize Money: $ 40.000 dollars (Men $25.000 and Women $15.000)
Men Entry: U$ 170 dollars
Women Entry: $140 dollars
Date: 21st – 26th of April
Status: Women Grand Slam and Men International event.
Points: Women 1500 points Men 1050 points

IBA Australasian Pro Bodyboarding Tour

After a five year absence the IBA Australasian Pro Bodyboarding Tour will make a welcome return to the Central Coast as the Soldiers Beach Pro gets set to blow-up later this month.

Taking place on the pristine, wave-rich Central Coast, the Soldiers Beach Pro will see 250 of Australia’s best riders converging on the region for a four-day festival.

Encompassing more than just the cut-throat competition, usually reserved for the world’s best athletes, the Soldiers Beach Pro will also see the celebration of the sport of bodyboarding.

Featuring an outdoor movie night, athlete signings, clinics and some after dark entertainment – beginning from 26 March 2009 – the Soldiers Beach Pro will be one not to missed.

As the second event on the 2009 IBA Australasia Pro Tour, the event will feature some of the biggest names in the sport.

Current IBA World Tour ratings leader, Ryan Hardy (Margaret River, WA), is fresh off a win at Pipeline and is amped for the contest.

“Its been a while since we have had a contest on the Central Coast,” Hardy admitted. “This area has a lot of great waves and a long history of great competitors so I am pumped for a good result,” he added

Reigning IBA Australasian Champion Dave Winchester  has also confirmed his attendance for the event and is looking forward to defending his title in 2009.

“Last year the waves were great and the competition was tough and it helped me to push myself to a new level,” said Winchester. “I used this National Tour to tune up for the World Tour and in the end it got me a Top 16 finish on the World Tour.”

Leading the local charge will be Dave Crowley (Wamberal, NSW) and Mark Parsons (Copacabana, NSW), both of whom are looking for a great result.

Parsons, at the ripe age of 15, is the youngest ever Top 16 member of the IBA Australasian Pro Tour and is also one of the hottest talents in world bodyboarding.

Whilst Crowley, who represented Australia in Portugal last year at the ISA World Surfing games, is currently rated number 13 in the world is really excited about quality competition returning to the Central Coast.

“Bodyboarding is really booming on the central coast at the moment. The local club has over 100 members and this event will help to push the sport locally as well as show off our amazing beaches” said Crowley.

The event will also showcase the best amateur riders in the State as round one of the NSW titles runs in conjunction with the event.

Brad Hughes

The WA bodyboarding community is currently buzzing with anticipation of the first EBB State Bodyboard Series this weekend. With a solid swell forecast and favourable winds, the opening round of competition is poised to take place at one of WA’s most infamous breaks, the Mandurah Wedge.

The opening round of the three event series offers WA competitors a chance to compete in some of the best waves the state has to offer. Mandurah Wedge is a high performance break that has been a mecca for many bodyboarders lately and will hopefully attract some new and exciting entrants.

This new location is a bold step forward for the development of bodyboarding within Western Australia. With a number of WA bodyboarders competing at the highest level, this is a huge opportunity for some emerging talent to forge a name for themselves in arguably one of the states best bodyboarding waves.

After the recent success of WA’s Ryan Hardy at the IBA World Tour Event at Pipeline, the whole state is currently talking about this event.

A stellar line-up of WA hottest bodyboarders who are eager to check out the action include, Alex Halesy (Woodvale), Lewy Finnegan (Ocean Reef), Ben Vietch (Margaret River) and Ryan Hands (Mandurah). All of which are likely contenders to represent WA at the Bodyboard Australasia National Titles held at D-Bah Queensland in November this year.

Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks is excited about the prospects of waves this weekend.

“Mandurah Wedge and the surrounding breaks provide some of the most consistent and contestable waves in the whole metro area. With the forecasts looking awesome for later in the week the standard should be great and provide a true spectacle for those willing to step up to the challenge.”

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