IBA Shark Island

It’s official, Shark Island is no longer part of the 2009 IBA World Tour.

Mark Fordham stated that due to the economic climate he would not be able to stage an IBA rated event.

Negotiations with promoter Fordham failed to reach both IBA World Tour and IBA Specialty event sanctioning so sadly the event will be black-listed and off limits to contracted riders.

This includes all the riders that competed in the Turbo Pipe Pro and those who compete in the upcoming Brazilian events.

“The riders board voted against the speciality event status because we need to work with promoters that will follow the minimum requirements” said IBA General Manager Terry McKenna. “Its that simple”.

“ If you surf in this event you will be sitting out of the IBA World Tour for 12 months from the date of the breach”

“ The riders are the product of the IBA and we must protect the exclusivity of the World Tour by enforcing this rule” said Mckenna.

Riders will now look towards Chile’ in late July for the next IBA Grand Slam event.

Lilly Pollard

Lilly Pollard leads the charge with Pipeline vets such as Neyrama Carvahlo and Daniel Freitas following suit.

Lilly opens up the day with big barrels followed by clean boosting ars's. Neymara's smooth tube skills gained her the first 10 of the event while Danielas consist surfing had her progressing into day 2.

Other big performances from Hawaii can in the form of Lindsey Yasuri (HI) who was the only Hawaii to make it through to the following days qrt finals.

Former US champ Roberta Bitzer had a great first heat placing first and followed it up with a hard charging second round with the biggest wave of the contest thus far. However not making exiting the barrel left her exiting the event to an on fire performance by Lilly Pollard and Asako Shiotsuki who had taken advantage of the waves in the last few minutes of round 2.

Mandy Zieran much like hew Aussie sister lilly progressed in to round three with smooth rolls at back door!

In the third round it was much of the same but with another dark horse performace from Emilia Perry that had the crowd on their feet! Also Tara Parsons hit a two roll combo on a set that had her repping california to the up-most!

Brazils Jessica Becker was consistent as always as she started her 09 title chase!

But it was Neymara that was looking in top shape once again to start off 09 with a bang! Along with the favorites a newly back on tour Karla Costa made it happen winning heats on the way to day 2 of the Culturalization Pipeline tidal 9 Pro!

Pipeline Tidal 9 Women's Pro

The waves were on and off today like the weather - hot and sunny one minute and cold and rainy the next! There were plenty of barrels to pull in to - but not everyone made it out. 

The competition was fierce, sometimes palpable from the beach; Competitors were fighting for the best position and a hopeful "gem" that might carry them through to the next round. Standouts of today included previous world champion Claudia Ferrari,Daniela Freitas- Ronqullio, Moe Watanabe, Karla Costa Taylor, and Big Island's Lindsay Yasui.

Neymara Carvalho (USA) was the only competitor to score a perfect ten point ride in today's competition. Tara Parsons and Miya Inoue were also on fire, and now face off in the quarters later this week depending on the swell.

Many of the competitors spoke out on behalf of Culturalization, the Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi, and contest director, Betty Depolito's vision. The competitors all expressed their happiness to be a part of a huge contest that not only supports female athletes but also the environment.

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