Damian Prisk

It was 3rd time lucky for the running of the much anticipated Auto-Sleepers British National bodyboard competition this Sunday.  The event had been postponed twice due to a lack of waves, but the combination of a 6ft swell and the low tide banks at Porthtowan produced an exhilarating display from the UK’s best bodyboarders.

The prospect of £2,000 in prize money had ensured that almost without exception the top 20 British riders were putting their skills on parade, in what some are already calling the highest standard British Nationals to date. 

The early rounds saw some aerial manoeuvres that would have not have been out of place on the world stage.  There were 9.0 and 9.5s awarded for a spectacular ARS (Air Roll Spin) from Porthtowan’s Alex Winkworth, and back-flip from Plymouth’s Danny Wall respectively.

The Judges were rewarding those competitors attempting the more adventurous moves, and ‘above-the-lip’ combination manoeuvres were those attracting the big scores. 

From the Quarter Finals forward, each heat read like a who’s-who of British bodyboarding.  The standard was so high that notable casualties were inevitable.  But Bournemouth’s James Blackwell was surfing out of his skin, and secured a semi final berth against the odds edging out former English Champion Remy Geffroy.

The Semi Finals saw undoubtedly the top two waves of the day.  In Semi one Damian Prisk combined two super tight spins with finding a rare makeable barrel and finished his ride with a confident looping roll to secure his progression.  In Semi two, London’s Darren Halse pulled a clean ARS out of the pocket with a spin on landing; he too finished his wave with a roll to attract the only 10 of the day. 

Danny Wall and Alex Winkworth followed Damien and Darren into the final, leaving Mark Griffiths, Bjorn Storey, Dan Skajowski and James Blackwell dreaming of what could have been.

The final saw Damien Prisk race into an early and ultimately unassailable lead, pulling combination ARS’s on two successive waves.  This left the 3 remaining competitors playing catch-up, and though each man could have stolen the lead with a single score with a few minutes to go, none was able to secure a wave that would let them repeat their performances from the earlier rounds.

So Damien secured back-to-back British titles and a first place prize of £1,000. Full results:

Auto-Sleepers British Bodyboard Nationals:

1st Damien Prisk (Porthtowan) £1,000
2nd Darren Halse (London) £500
3rd Danny Wall (Plymouth) £250
4th Alex Winkworth (Porthtowan) £150

Bodyboard Demo Day

Proudly Organised by the Crew at BSC, 16 of Australia’s Leading Bodyboard Board Brands come together for Australia’s Largest Board Demo Day.

The demo days will be held at Narrabeen on Saturday 15th November and then at Coolangatta, Dbah Beach on Saturday 22nd November 2008. The days activities will commence at 8am. You are invited to attend and test ride all boards throughout the day (there will be more than 80 different models to test!).

All Test Riders must register either prior to or on the day at any BSC store, or at the BSC Tent on the day. All under 18’s are required to have parent or legal guardian authorise their test ride. This is a free and fun event for all!

A large contingent of pro riders including: Dave Winchester, Chris James, Dallas Singer, Nick Ormerod, Ryan Hardy, Michael Novy, Ben Player, Damian King, John Showell, Jake Stone, Alex Bunting and more will be on hand at each demo day with plenty of helpful demonstrations and tips.

Come along and test ride your dream board! The following brands will be attending: NMD, LMNOP, VS, Morey, BZ, Manta, 4Play, Elit, Hydro, Science, Pride, Number 6, Toys, Turbo, Nomad, Number 6, Custom X and more!.

How it all works:

Check into the BSC marshaling tent where you can register on the day or ask any questions you might have. All registered Test Riders will be given a wristband.

Each Bodyboard Company will have their own tent set up on the beach - within their tent you will find the company’s test boards and team riders on hand.
Board testing will be held every 20mins.

Demonstrations from the pros held every hour. There will be music and a free BBQ for all participants!

New Zealand Bodyboard Titles

The 2008 NMD/Mountain Dew Gissy Pro was all wrapped up on Saturday 25th October 2008 after a solid 12 hour day of competition that finished just before dark. Competition took place on Wainui Beach at the well known Chalets break.

Competitors surfed in changing conditions throughout the day in workable 2-4 ft waves with some good sections with potential for some great high scoring waves.

Kicking off the day right on 8am was the Da Fin Amateur round One. There was some excellent riding from these competitors with some great combo's going down.  Current amateur BBSNZ Tour leader Aran Naismith progressed through the first round along with his rival Navare Taylor.

Surfing in his first competition in NZ Alistair Scott surfed well to make his way through the first round.

Next up was the first round of the Seventhwave Under 18's.  Things were looking good with the waves now starting to show some better form.  Mitch Tombleson surfed solidly to easily progress through to the next heat, as did current Under 18 BBSNZ tour leader Luke Elliot.

It was good to see some new faces in this division with Opunake's Andrew Corkill surfing a well constructed first heat to also progress through to the next round. 

With the conditions getting increasingly better with light winds the first round of the Mountain Dew Open Men kicked into action.  It was a solid field of competitors from all around the country which paved the way for some amazing bodyboarding.  The tone was set early on in the day with some huge powerful inverts, setting the standard of what was expected for the last event of the 2008 BBSNZ tour.

All the tour front runners progressed through to the second round, with Ben McKinnon, Floyd Smith, Richard McKenna and Duncan Smith still all within reach of the 2008 BBSNZ Tour Championship.  The light winds kept swinging back and forth throughout the day with some high performance bodyboarding going down in the ever changing and sometimes tricky conditions. 

Next to surf was the first round of NMD Drop Knee with some fast powerful dropknee riding taking place.  Sam Peters and Duncan Smith were basically neck and neck on tour rating points leading into this event.  Both easily progressed through the first round heats making some solid floaters and powerful turns to progress through. 

The 2nd round of the Mountain Dew Open Men's commenced just after lunch with some extremely stacked heats lining up.  Dylan Russ was unfortunate and did not progress after making the trip up from Christchurch.

The most stacked heat of the second round between Ben McKinnon, Richard Mckenna and Mitch Tombleson was a tight one with the apprentice Tombleson having to settle for third against the two more experienced competitors.

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