US Open of Bodyboarding

The 2009 Sport Chalet US Open of Bodyboarding is just around the corner and it will be held between 23-25th May. This year Bodyboarding will host it’s own US open to crown it’s champion on the historical Huntington Beach Shores.

The USBA is looking forward to kicking off the 2009 Bodyglove USBA Grand Slam tour at the Sport Chalet US Open. This will be a first for the USBA that we hope will lead to many years of success with Sport Chalet and the US Open.

To kick off the event Sport Chalet will host a meet and great with USBA top 10 riders such as Dave and Jeff Hubbard, Jonah and Jacob Romero as well as many other top USBA riders and IBA world tour hopefuls.

The USBA is proud to announce they are continuing their official partnership with the IBA world tour for the third year straight.

This means the US Open will provide valuable point towards the USBA Grand Slam tour, which at years end the top 8 USBA riders will earn a slot into the 2010 IBA Pipeline Pro event!

Source: US Bodyboarding

Cobra D’Àgua Bodyboarding Show

The Cobra D'Água Bodyboarding Show is ready to receive the best riders in the World.

The event is ready and a huge 350-feet structure was built in Armação Beach, in Salvador, Brazil. The waves today were around 5 feet with pretty good form.

There is a big swell for the weekend where is expected to get up to 6 feet. This Tuesday the day is reserved for the amateurs and the for the professional check in.

The IBA WWT/WMT event will start officially on Wednesday.

Wimpy/Rossi Pro

Durban local Mark Watts took top spot in the Pro division at the 10th Annual 4A rated Wimpy/Rossi Pro Am yesterday afternoon in an awesome display of high risk manoeuvres. A huge crowd gathered on the Beach as the sun rolled out perfectly from behind the dark clouds that drenched everyone earlier in the day, to watch the finals that got under way at 2:30pm.

First up were the ladies. Tania Dos Ramos (Bluff) came up against 2 local girls and newcomers to the sport Tiffany Higgins and Nicky Dreyer who are both from Uvongo. In the end it was Tania who seemed to have no trouble by picking the better waves to claim 1st place followed by Tiffany Higgins and Nicky Dreyer in 3rd.

The Factory 7 DK division saw defending champion Sean Tickner (Cape Town) face his old rivals Wesley Fischer (Berea), Stuart Bradford (Westville) and Aden Kleve (Kommetjie). Conditions were difficult for dropknee with the rising tide and the wave shifting to the shorebreak.

This didn't seem to deter Sean Tickner from keeping his cool and retaining his title as the Factory 7 DK Champion. He was followed by Aden Kleve in 2nd, Stuart Bradford in 3rd and Wesley Fischer in 4th.

The Masters division seemed like a bit of a 'de ja vu' scenario as it is the exact same heat as last years contest. The are Mike van Huysteen (Weltevreden Park), Kevin Williams (Uvongo), Karl Liebenberg (DBN) and Martin Otto (Uvongo).

Martin picked up all the better waves in the start of the heat with the then full high tide, but Kevin managed to pick up a set wave or 2 with some combo manoeuvres to secure 1st place, 2nd was Martin Otto, 3rd Karl Liebenberg and 4th was Mike van Huysteen.

The Boys division was hotly contested by the ever familiar and always amped Murray van Vuuren (Millpark)together with Sebastian Koopmans (Melkbosstrand), Stephen du Preez (Bluff) and first timer Ashley Wheeler (Margate). All eyes were on Murray with his solid riding but it was Stephen du Preez who walked away with the title followed by Murray then Sebastian and then Ashley.

Next up were the Mens finalists who consisted of 3 South Coast riders and one Durbanite namely Wayne Beekman (Uvongo), Jeffrey Davies (Durban), Steven Bahlmann (Uvongo) and Jaryd van Daalen (Winklespruit).

Wayne has won this event numerous times as well as 3 Mens SA titles and was the all out favourite to take the title but in the end it was Jeff who walked away with the title and wayne in second. Jaryd got a well respected 3rd place followed by Steven.

The Junior final looked more like a Pro final the way these guys put it all on the line to take top spot. Bradley Moys (Shelly Beach), Iain Campbell (Westville), Aden Kleve (Kommetjie) and Terence Pieters (Uvongo) held nothing back to impress the judges in the hopes to rack up maximum points.

In the end it was an on form Bradley Moys that took top honours with his clean air roll spins followed closely by Aden Kleve, Iain Campbell and Terence Pieters.

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