Murray van Vuuren

The 2nd and last day of the 10th Annual 4A Wimpy/Rossi Pro Am got underway early morning in cold and wet weather on Margate Beach.

The wave conditions weren't as good as yesterday but are still very contestable. Contest director Wayne Beekman has decided to postpone the finals after all the semis were run to wait for the higher tide when the inside is expected to fire up again. The 1st Final to hit the water will be the Ladies at 2:30pm.

Here are all the finalists who have made it through the gruelling semis. The Pro final will consist of Wesley Fischer (Berea, Durban), Mark Watts (Durban), Jaryd Houston (Cape Town) and Warren van der Merwe (Empangeni).

On form Wesley Fischer also advanced to the Factory 7 Dk final in awesome style and will be joined by Stuart Bradford (Westville, Durban), Sean Tickner (Cape Town) and Aden Kleve (Kommetjie, Cape Town). This means a Durban vs Cape Town Final seeming that Sean Tickner now lives in Cape Town after relocating from Durban.

The Boys final was already decided yesterday in a extremely good wedging shorebreak and will be Murray van Vuuren (Millpark), Sebastian Koopmans (Melkbosstrand), Stephen du Preez (Bluff) and Ashley Wheeler (Margate).

The Ladies Final will consist of Tania dos Ramos (Bluff), Tiffany Higgins (Uvongo) and Nicky Dreyer (Uvongo)

The Masters are Mike van Huysteen (Weltevreden Park), Kevin Williams (Uvongo), Karl Liebenberg (Durban) and Martin Otto (Uvongo).

Wayne Beekman (Uvongo), Jeffrey Davies, (Durban), Steven Bahlmann (Uvongo) and Jaryd van Daalen (Winklespruit) make up the Mens Final.

The Junior final will see a mixture of competitors from over the country namely Bradley Moys (Shelly Beach), Iain Campbell (Westville), Aden Kleve (Kommetjie) and Terence Pieters (Uvongo).

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Lucas Nogueira and Neymara Carvalho

Perfect conditions on Estaleirinhos Beach today. Good waves with 4-6 ft and no wind, the beach was crowded and the bodyboarders got a huge show to everybody here.

Neymara Carvalho was crowned champion after beating her friend Eunate Aguirre. "I'm so happy to win in my country. Now I'm leading the world tour and i hope to repeat this title in Bahia event", said Neymara
On mens final Lucas Nogueira won his first contest on IBA world tour after a great heat with the 9X world champion Mike Stewart.

"This is the best day of my life. I beat a guy that is a God and I'm so happy to win in this place. I'm so focus and I'll go to Bahia confident to do another good result", said Lucas

The World tour goes to Bahia now when between April 28th and May 3rd the best riders of the world will compete in Cobra D'água Bodyboarding Show Bahia 2009.

RNLI Perranporth

Stuart Flowerday, a volunteer RNLI lifeguard and member of Perranporth Surf Life Saving Club rescued a male bodyboarder caught in a rip current, which took him 50 metres off shore on Perranporth beach, on Sunday (19 April).

Perranporth and Praa Sands beaches have had RNLI lifeguard cover for the two-week Easter school holidays. With sunny spring weather and good surf conditions, both have been busy with families and water users and RNLI lifeguards have been on hand to provide beach safety advise and to maintain a safe bathing area, minimizing rescues.

On Sunday morning, volunteer RNLI lifeguard Stuart Flowerday, was patrolling the bathing area on Perranporth beach with RNLI lifeguard Robin Howell, when a male bodyboarder, about 50 metres off the shore started waving for help. He was caught in a rip current and struggling to get back within his depth.

Stuart quickly paddled out on a rescue board, when he reached him; the gentleman was in a panicked state and struggling to stay afloat. Stuart spoke to him and calmed him down. Reassured, the gentleman was told to lie on the front of the rescue board and Stuart brought him safely back to shore, where he spent some time with the lifeguards to be assessed before making his way back up the beach.

RNLI lifeguards will be back out on patrol on Praa sands and Perranporth this weekend (25 and 26 April) before the start of the main RNLI lifeguard season on 1 May.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Drustan Ward says;

‘We’ve had a busy two weeks on the beaches, with some major and minor first aids to mostly surf related injuries, and some water rescues, again mainly to surfers or kayakers. But the majority of the work the RNLI lifeguards have been busy with is preventative, giving out safety advise, keeping bathers and surfers within their flagged zones, advising on tides and sea conditions, and generally pre-empting incidents before they happen.

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