Noosa Surf Festival

Noosa surfer Josh Constable has won the Telstra Men’s Pro and Jennifer Smith (USA/California) the Banana Boat Women’s Pro in excellent 1m surf at Noosa today.

Constable was the events defending champion and the 2006 ASP World Longboard Champion made it 3 victories in total at this prestigious ASP World Rated Longboard event.

After his win a delighted Constable said “Perfect start to the season for me to win this event, I haven’t won that many events recently but to nail this victory is fantastic – Everything worked perfectly today including the long perfect waves on the point – Hopefully today’s win sets up the year for me – It feels perfect now!”

Constable sealed today’s final on his second last ride which was awarded an outstanding 9.23 out of a possible 10 and together with his second top scoring ride of 8.43 to notch up a final tally of 17.66 out of 20.

Read more ...

ISA World Juniors

The Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa has announced the names of the surfers who will represent South Africa at the 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships in France from May 26 to June 2.

The Under 18 Boys team is made up of former SA Under 16 champion Chad du Toit of KZN, current South African Under 18 champion, Shaun Joubert and fellow Southern Cape star Nicky Godfrey and top Western Province surfer Matthew Bromley. Shawn Dennis of KZN is the official non traveling reserve.

Joubert, the 2007 SA Junior Team vice captain, earns his fourth cap while du Toit and Bromley represent South Africa for the third time. This will be Godfrey's second cap.

After winning seven of her eight heats in the recent national selection trials, Bianca Buitendag of Southern Cape heads the Under 18 girls group which includes current South African Under 18 Champion Tarryn Chudleigh of Western Province, Chantelle Rautenbach of Boland and Sarah Baum of KZN. Alice Mc Gregor of Border is the official non traveling reserve.

The talented duo of Buitendag and Baum are new caps while Chudleigh, who was seventh in the ISA World Junior Championships in Portugal last year as well as the consistent Rautenbach, will represent the country for the fourth year in a row.

The four surfers who represent South Africa in the Under 16 division are all newcomers to the South African Junior Team. Western Province surfers David Brand and current Under 16 national champion Michael February are the two top seeds while Dane Staples of Southern Cape and Beyrick de Vries of KZN make up the balance of this group. Jacob Mellish of Boland is the official non traveling reserve.

The team, which is supported by funding from the National Lotteries Board, will be accompanied by SSA Coaching Director Howard Gold, and fellow coach Clayton Nienaber. Technical assistance will be provided by former South African team coach Kevin Olsen, who is based in France. Pax Nydoo, Roxy Towill and Etienne Venter are the Team Managment.

The 2008 SA Junior Team will participate in three official training camps at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town prior to departing for Seignosse, France in mid May.

On arrival in Seignosse the team will prepare for the World Championships by competing in the traditional Lotto SANZ Challenge against New Zealand. This event has the teams surfing for a special trophy made from unique New Zealand semi precious stone and South African yellow wood. The trophy was first presented in Durban in 2003 and is currently held by New Zealand.

The 2008 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships involves over 30 countries from five continents and determines the World Junior Team Champions, the World Junior ISA Tag Team Champions and medalists in the Under 18 Boys and Girls and Under 16 Boys Divisions.

Source: Surfing South Africa

The Saltrock Open

The girls are coming to The Saltrock Open, and this time it’s serious. The buzz around the women’s event has been gaining momentum every year, and 2008 looks set to be by far the strongest event yet. 

The standard of women’s surfing in the UK has gone from strength to strength, and we now have a growing group of exceptionally talented young British and Irish women travelling the globe, taking the surf world by storm. 

This March, all eyes turn to in Croyde to watch the girls fight it out for the honour of winning the first contest on the 2008 UK Pro Surf Tour. With Easter weekend falling so early this year we have every chance of some good, powerful swell to challenge the competitors give spectators a great demonstration of top quality women’s surfing. 

Current Ladies Champion Karma Worthington is fired up and eager to defend her title, and she will have to be in the form of her life with the likes of Easkey Britton, Holly Donnelly, Gwen Spurlock and Beth Mason hot on her heels.  Everything is in place to create yet another fantastic event, and everyone is excited to see what the girls can do.

Saltrock’s MD Angus Thomson comments, “Its Saltrock’s 20th anniversary this year, and over those 20 years we have certainly seen massive developments in women’s surfing. It’s important to Saltrock that we continue to support to the UK Pro Surf Tour and the growing number of talented female surfers emerging throughout the country.”

He adds, “Fingers crossed for some great waves, and we’ll certainly enjoy a good party this year.”

As always, this year’s contest will be celebrated on Saturday night in a prominent local pub.

Source: BPSA UK Tour

Finn McGill and Vahine Fierro claimed the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championship at Bombo Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

+ Surfing News

Are you an avid bodyboard magazine collector? Do you miss reading the good, old boogie periodicals? Here's the complete list of worldwide bodyboarding publications.

+ Bodyboarding News

Nico von Lerchenfeld has had the time of his life at Surf Snowdonia, in Wales. But he was not there to surf.

+ Wakeboarding News