South African Bodyboarding Championships

It's Game on as we enter the final day of the 22nd Annual Science/Reef South African Bodyboarding Championships 2008.

Conditions are a challenging 2-3 foot with cloudy and overcast skies and a raging onshore wind! Drama is high with early upsets yesterday including the elimination of SABA Pro Champ Sacha Specker (WP) in the Quarter finals.

Specker had a slow start to his Pro heat against an on form Iain Campbell (CKZN) and local boy and IBA world tour rider Mark McCarthy (NKZN), who both owned the line up. Iain, who is primarily a Juniors division rider, managed to advance despite having broken foot and riding with only one flipper! Remarkable stuff!

David Lee, who is last year's SA Pro Champ, also had his hopes of making it two in a row where dashed by incoming SABA Chairman Derek Footit (SKZN) and Mark "Boy Champ" Watts (CKZN) who's surfing made him unstoppable.

Michael "Ratt" Ostler (CKZN) and Alistair Taylor (SKZN) also smashed their Pro heats, and are looking very strong, with Alistair looking to make history by claiming his 9th SA Title. Alistair's wife, Karla Costa Taylor (SKZN), is also looking very strong after dominating her ladies heat.

Could Karla and Alistair be the first husband and wife to claim respective titles at the same time? If so Karla will need to beat heat winners Lizl van Vollenhoven (SKZN) and Monique Gresse (NKZN).

Also still in the running in the Pro Division are Jared Houston (WP) who has been looking strong, and charger, Charles Pass (CKZN). With today's conditions being so testing, riders will need to dig deep if they want have a chance at winning.

Looking very strong in the Juniors division are Iain Campbell (CKZN), Marc Webster (BOL), David Lilienfeld (WP) and Dane Klusner (SKZN).

The Drop Knee division is going to be action all the way, with current SA DK Champ, Sacha Specker (WP), and Drop knee legend Sean Tickner (CKZN) still in in the running. Don't discount Aden Kleve (WP), who's young light frame is perfectly suited to the small conditions of today. Dark horses in the division include Wayne Du Preez (CKZN) and Warren Canepa (EP) who both won their heats yesterday and are looking strong.

Boys also have some big names that will be going head to head with Murray van Vuuren (EP), Storm Prestwich (SKZN), Niklaus Martyn (EP), and current SA Boys Champ, Robbie Waites (CKZN), all still in the running. with these guys you can be assured of some awesome action.

Have a look at the contest page of sixty40, yesterdays heat sheets are up!

IBA Venezuela 2008

The Bodyboard Pro Festival (BPF) will be run again in Venezuela with the rank of World Surfing Bodyboarding mode, from 24 to October 26 in Playa Parguito, Isla de Margarita.

The event will award points for all those international athletes competing in Women and Dropknee points and Latinos for the Open Men category.

In this sense, Lumar Guittard, 13 of the top professional athlete in the world specialty and organizer of the BPF 08, note that this event will define the champions of Latin America as the last valid circuit 2008.

"We have so far confirmed to the Champion's Bodyboard Pro Maylla Venturina Festival 2007 (Brazil), the champion of the ISA Natasha Sagardi 2007 (Puerto Rico), the Champion Dropknee in the BPF 07 Dave Hubbard (Hawaii), and semifinalist Ardiel Jimenez de Gran Canarias, and Latin American leader to Valadao Uri World ranking (Brazil), "said Guittard.

It also will be attended by several prominent athletes as well Creole Alberto Colucci and Sergio Alonso, champion of the World valid BPF 2007.

IBA Tour 2008

Since February I was working together a marketing sports company that organizes the WQS surfing events in Brazil to host the IBA event this year in Bahia, northern Brazil.

They came up to me showing a lot of interest on the sport with a trustable background. In a couple of weeks they had the multimedia project done and went after the sponsors.

One of the biggest hotel resorts of Brazil had interest on the project and they started to negotiate. Meanwhile the negotiations where happening, the resort was sold to an Arabic group and this shook the infra structure of the resort.

The selling of the resort to this group was the main and only cause for not having the IBA event this year. They cancelled all shows, and other events that they had planned for the rest of the year.

The resort has interest in having the bodyboarding event on their beach for 2009 and I already started the conversation to make this a part of the South American of the world tour.

The canceling of the event is bad for Brazil, the tour, the world, the riders, everyone !  I am very upset with the cancelling of Bahia.  I can guarantee that everyone here dedicated 100% for the happening of the event.

Words by Flavio Brito.

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