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Feature image: Sean Lee drives through a barrel at a notorious Mid North Coast reef
By Ben Wells – Inverted Bodyboard Specialists
SCBC gets underway
After postponing the first round due to lack of waves, the Sunshine Coast Bodyboard Club got its 2016 underway last month with round one taking place at Ann Street, Caloundra. Conditions were not ideal but still highly contestable with some big moves going down.
Waves for Days
In a rare sight for Sunny Coasters, the swell has been super consistent from Noosa to Caloundra and everywhere in between. A certain wave that has not worked for a long time came to life with Josh Keenan, Simon Cassidy and Adam Keegan all making the most of it. Point Cartwright has also turned on the goods with the eager trio again scoring gold (see photos).
Cramsie to tackle Chopes
After an impressive quarter finals performance at the Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational in Hawaii, former Mooloolaba lad Lachlan Cramsie will be packing his bags and jetsetting off to Tahiti for round two of the APB World Tour. Rumour has it that Cramsie has since picked up a board sponsor to help fund his globetrotting antics.
By Noah Aubort
Neck breaking barrels
If you know Elliot Butler, you know he’s an A-grade hell man. Sticking to his grass roots, doing gnarly shit and not giving an ass about it, Elliot’s gone and broken his neck. Just to be sure of it, he surfed some more before getting a proper diagnosis. Upon legitimate diagnosis he momentarily calmed down. Then as Butler would, drove his way to the South Coast to chase waves with Sunshine Coast photographer Jack Gore and GC DK shralper Tyson Ryan. The commitment to the game is real.
Waves and weirdos
In regards to waves, we’ve been well done by in recent times. I won’t drop locations, because apparently the Gold Coast’s surfing population in its entirety is blissfully unaware to where these waves are – as theorized by some overly dramatic GC Bodyboarders. I can give ya’ll first hand assurance that this is not the case, and there’s a distinct amount of buttheads just about any and everywhere. But yeah, there’s waves from North to South, just about anywhere at the mo.
Pro Tour coming to D’Bah
ABA Tour is on target for kick off at the mighty-mighty Dballs in around three weeks time. To be honest, the banks are pretty baloney, but I’ve little to no doubt ye old faithful deebs will pull through FTB’s (for the boys – ed), she often does. The event is going to coincide with the APB’s Sparkgreen Teahupoo challenge by the looks of things, which might leave a couple big names out of the scene. So if you’re looking to smash some early season points on that Australian Tour leaderboard I’d get your dirty ace down there and do exactly that!
Goldy Lads Heading to Tahiti
Speaking of the Tahiti, Gold Coast’s BB messiah, Mitch Rawlins, has been given a wildcard for the APB Tour event while newest resident to Bilinga, Jake Stone, has also been given the golden ticket. It will be a miraculous recovery for Stoney, who broke his Fibula in a horrific trampoline accident just two months ago. Both riders have the potential to win the event and it will be an amazing showcase for bodyboarding if the waves turn on.
NEW SOUTH WALES
By Dion Myers
Coffs Coast Bodyboard Club is back in full swing, the first one for the year was held in trying but contestable conditions with some new faces on the scene and some upset take downs as well in the Dropknee division. The standout on the day was Kody Mackie taking out the AA division, keep an eye out for him around the place!
A new division was started up this year for the Microgroms with a killer turn out, was awesome to have them out in the water frothing and getting into the waves. They are the future and its good to see them out there.
This year will only see one state round held at Kiama, so there’s a crew heading South to compete and score killer waves and hopefully come home with a few trophies too.
The Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational was run earlier this year with a handful of Aussies selected to compete in this prestigious event with a few older crew doing very well in the event, PLC went on to take out the event so congrats to him and the other finalists.
Shayden Schrader and Brodey Brockman have just had a huge stint in the Cook Islands scoring more waves than they could ride. Tre Mesk, Lachlan Bylhouwer, Theo Hinchliff and a few tassie boys were also over there scoring with them.
there has been an influx of swell over the past couple of months, including the flat spells, with some secret spots starting to fire after been dormant for so long. The local guys have been keeping busy with these swells while they are around and scoring as well. The banks have finally started to sort themselves out at certain places and have turned on for crew who were willing to do a little investigating while the swell was about.
Local lady Sophie Leathers has hooked up with QCD now and has been ripping on her new boards. Shes stoked to be onboard with them too, with it giving her the push to get herself out there and test her abilities even more!
The premiere of the Holding On movie was a success all up and down the coast with great response from the local guys and even made a stir among some of the local non bodyboard riding community. It was a big bonus having Adam “Wingnut” Smith at them and promoting the New retro QCD Wingnut boards that look killer too. Off the back of that the new JG board range has hit the stores and Coffs Waterman Supplies is the place to get them from. Rob is always happy to answer questions and show the new range to anyone.
Two lives were sadly lost locally from swimmers with no beach knowledge getting caught in a rip, and a third on a different beach coming close to also joining those numbers. Some of the local bodyboarders helped to rescue the swimmers but sadly didnt survive. Our playground is not only fun, but very dangerous. For your own life as well as others keep an eye out for each other and anyone who looks like they are in distress, but remember that your life is number one so be aware that people will climb onto you to save themselves.
By Des Govender – Emerald Bodyboard Specialists
What’s Yours is Ours
There has been heaps of swells down here some days have been windy and other days have been offshore or glassy all day! Definetley a good start to the year down here. Jack Baker managed to score a cracking day at Cape Solander (not Ours!). Although it wasn’t quite Island Comp worthy there were some solid kegs out the Island during the proposed day.
Two Shaun’s head for Tahiti
Shaun “Pyno” Pyne and Shaun Petersen are flying over to Tahiti for round two of the APB Tour. Good luck to both of them and do Cronulla proud! The waiting period begins on April 18, keep an eye out for them in the webcast.
The next Cronulla Bodyboard Club Comp is Sunday April 10th. Jack Baker won our last Club Comp and is looking to back it up in the next Comp. The guys in our AA division are all fighting for a Stealth sponsorship at the end of the year. Christian Kalpou was the winner of the AA division and will be hard to beat this year with some smooth spin to roll combo’s but there are a few guys hot on his heels Adam Smith came second and his older brother Jeremy Smith came third.
Azza Glossop has been shredding the Point and Island on the knee lately. Sam Farrow and Kane Straney have been surfing really well the past few months and are ones to look out for. Travis Becker has really been enjoying fishing over surfing lately and has landed a job cleaning Zeus after hours.
by Jason McCarthy – SWS Bodyboarding
Men in Grey Suits
Shark attack on an real shredder that most bodyboarders would know from Kiama wedge Brett Connellan, 22, has given us nightmares (read SMH story here). I have been told a bodyboarder was knocked off his board last week by a shark but didn’t report it. He wasn’t a local and all he wanted after the ordeal was a ciggie.
SWS has a new owner!!! its ME haha. SWS will also be supporting the Mystics Pro.
James Kates is finishing off his “Four Winds” movie. Our crew were at “Til The End” prem by Image Filmz. Plenty of unseen footage and pump up for the up and coming young gunz. Only comment was NOT ENOUGH LENNY by Nick ‘Bronco’ Hartcher.
Shane Ackerman has been back to Tassie and doing more driving than a indian taxi driver to get BIG waves. He has also been working with SALTY SURF HOUSINGS from local Instagram to develop new product specific to bigger wave bodyboarding. On top of that Ackerman has also taken up underwater hockey to train for better breath holds.
DK Wars on the South Coast
The DK vibe is strong in our area and there seems to be a mini DKwars in the making. The group text messages have been inviting any DK riders to meet up for regular power sessions.
By Eddie Werne – Shed Nine
by Nick Nairn-Smith
Rarities on Point
Above: Dean Pitt’s potential new ride. Watch out for Deano coming in hot at any heaving Tasmanian reef in the very near future.
George Webster has been seen shredding rebounds to pieces post his 30th Birthday hoedown, not over the hill yet cobber. Happy Birthday Noot from all of Tassie’s Spongers!
by Dylan Beach
Holding on Premiere
by Oli Callisto – Pitz Board Culture
Night Comp coming
Perth’s bodyboard club has been tirelessly working with the local council to get approval for a night comp at local spot City Beach Groyne. We are stoked to announce we have been successful in our application and we have the 2nd or 3rd of April locked down – Now all we need are some waves! Competitors will surf like any normal club comp, except in the dark! We will have most of the beach lit up for a comp area and a free surf zone. Event to be released closer to the date, so if any Perth foam riders want to get involved in the first ever night comp in West Oz then contact the Foam Riders Surf Club Facebook page and they can get you signed up for the strangest comp to come to town in a long time! Going to be an epic night with a lot of laughs going down, not to be missed!
No Surf = Danger to All
Local Perth grommet and Pitz BC Team Rider Josh Peters recently decided to have some flat day fun with a gidgee spear. After chasing a fish a little too long, things went south fast, resulting in one of the more gruesome injuries I have seen over the years. As you can see his leg wasn’t the only casualty, his fins got cut off and so did his wettie. We reckon he should stick to what he knows best, and that’s bodyboarding. But judging by the look on his face he didn’t seem too phased about it, must be some hella pain meds. Get well soon Peters, new wettie and fins coming his way….
Holding On Premiere
With the most anticipated bodyboarding flick to come out West in a long time, expectations were high for the premiere of the Skid Kids story, and after selling out the Perth show months before it came to town, we had no choice but to put on a second showing which sold out too! It’s so sick to see the Perth community come together for events like this and the support we get means that we will continue to bring as many movies over to our side of the country as possible. So a huge thanks to everyone who came down and showed some love and even more thanks to Simon who did the solo trip over to us!
By Darren Hosker – Good Earth Surf Shop
South West has seen a little more action over the last few weeks with a definite change in seasons and a better size and strength to the swell. Autumn in the SW is definitely a time that crew hang out for. Long hot summer days with fickle smaller waves for most of the time have been left behind and those crisp mornings with the sound of decent swells crashing on your fave reef or beach slab have arrived. There have been many reports of fun sessions when it’s been on. SW locals were treated to some solid waves leading up to the Easter long weekend and for those that ventured a little they were definitely rewarded with some lesser crowds and sick waves when that extra long weekend landed. (Im probs still frothin a little myself as this is written).
Club scene in the SW has had to have cancelled two of the last events due to the conditions both very much lacking good winds and any swell. Keen to get the best conditions possible committee members thought best t hold off holding the event in less than desirable conditions. SWBC is looking to the next date of the 24th of April for its first round. C’mon Autumn play fair with us!!! If you’re keen to sign up drop and email to [email protected]
Invitational comp coming to West Oz
An invitational event organised and masterminded by Nathan “Duck” Ducasse (yep recent Riptide Daily framer) and with a little help by myself, is set to start its waiting period on the 9th of April. With eight days up our sleeves we are hoping that we can score the best conditions to show case some of the best older crew and younger groms in the scene of body boarding in WA. The LeeGraffinMcCurdyInvitational sponsored by Good Earth , Reeflex, Grand Flavour and Creatures has a Facebook event that you can join to receive up dated info. https://www.facebook.com/events/748732618594168/
So stay safe crew in and out of the water. Heres hoping those big Autumn swells flow freely and big pits are in abundance.
By Sophie Leathers and Dion Myers
FTBA Girls On the Rise
MillieChalker, 13 and a part of FTBA has been getting some practice in with a few other girls for her local club comps.
by The Squirrel
Another day and another board company has thrown its hat into the increasingly crowded ring. Will all these new companies survive in today’s tough boogie marketplace?
On the back of some recent world tour form, which bodyboarder has picked up a new board sponsor contract?
Is there tension between the sport’s national tour officials and international tour officials over contest dates?
There seems to be ongoing debate over points distribution for this year’s World Tour. Under the current model, a rider could get as the same or more points for winning at notoriously small wave events such as Sintra and Viana than at risky waves at Pipe or Teahupoo. Will riders boycott the rest of the tour, or will this (hopefully) be sorted out before things get messy?