Tuesday, November 12, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION:  FRONTON CANCELLED!, RAW Nationals Underway in Australia, Annaelle Challenge Results, Tamega Wins Kea'au Beach Challenge, Jimmy Hutaff Injured, Shark Bite in New Jersey, Bitzers Welcome Baby Girl.


FRONTON CANCELLED!


  SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA-  IBA Pty Ltd has officially announce the cancellation of the 2013 Fronton Challenge (Canary Islands, Spain), which was to serve as the season finale for the Men's Grand Slam Series world tour. With 2x World Champion Ben Player (Australia) and 2010 World Champion Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) tied for the world title race, the international bodyboarding community must now wait for an official determination to declare who will be the 2013 IBA Men's World Champion.

  Amaury Lavernhe had this to say on his Facebook page, earlier today, "The IBA Fronton Pro is cancelled!  Like you guys, I can't believe it but it's reality!  The IBA had to choose between running the comp without prize money or cancel it.  Most of the riders from the Top 24 did not want to compete without prize money...
"So what happens next?  There [are] two world champs this year?  No, that will be too easy.  The new 2013 World Champ is based on the ranking from last year, so Ben Player is the new IBA World Champ!"

Stay tuned for more details as this story continues to unfold.

Official Press Release:
http://ibaworldtour.com/2013/11/fronton-cancelled/

For more information, please be sure to visit:
www.ibaworldtour.com

IBA World Tour on Facebook



RAW NATIONALS UNDERWAY IN AUSTRALIA


  NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA-  Nearly 250 of Australia's best bodyboarders have gathered in Coff's Harbour to compete in the 2013 RAW Nationals and Rebel Pro. The event runs this week, the 12th-16th, and features 10 amateur divisions along with the Rebel Sport Australian Pro Tour 2-star event offering 1000 points to the winner and a $10,000 prize purse.

For more information, please be sure to visit:
http://ibaaustralasia.com/

IBA Australasia on Facebook


ANNAELLE CHALLENGE RESULTS


  BRITTANY, FRANCE-  The massive North Atlantic swell that lit up surf spots across the European continent provided the necessary swell for the fourth running of the Annaelle Challenge.  The field of 16 competitors (14 by invitation and two from Trials) battled it out in 1.5-2.5 meter slabbing waves.  Here are the results:

1st- Jeremy Arnoux
2nd- Alex Uranga
3rd- Erwan Genre
4th- Borja Ganzarain

Official Press Release:
http://ibaworldtour.com/2013/11/jeremy-arnoux-wins-annaelle-challenge/

For more information, please be sure to visit:
www.ibaworldtour.com

http://www.annaellechallenge.com/

Annaelle Challenge on Facebook


TAMEGA WINS KEA'AU BEACH CHALLENGE


  HAWAII-  6X World Champion Guilherme Tamega has won the Kea'au Beach Challenge, part of the IBA Hawaii Tour.  Here are the complete results:

MEN'S PRO
1st- Guilherme Tamega
2nd- JB Hillen
=3rd- Matt Holzman
=3rd- Mike Stewart

WOMEN'S PRO
1st- Karla Costa-Taylor
2nd- Summer Hillen
3rd- Melanie Bartels
4th- Aya Ancheta

DK PRO
1st- Dayton Wago
2nd- Micah McMullin
3rd- Kawika Kamai
4th- Kyle Ching

JUNIOR PRO
1st- Tanner McDaniel
2nd- Kawika Kamai
3rd- Jared Gunnels
4th- Malino Ching

For more information, please be sure to visit:
http://www.ibahawaiitour.com/

IBA Hawaii Tour on Facebook



JIMMY HUTAFF INJURED


  HAWAII-  Bodyboarding legend Jimmy Hutaff was injured during a morning warm-up session at the IBA Hawaii Kea'au Beach Challenge.  He hyper-extended his right knee and hamstring, which required a visit to the emergency room.  Jimmy posted on his Facebook page, "Thank you to all that helped me out of the water and helped me yesterday.  I am very grateful.  God bless."  Here's wishing you a speedy recovery, Jimmy!



SHARK BITE IN NEW JERSEY


  BAY HEAD, NEW JERSEY-  16 year old bodyboarder Quinn Gates was bodyboarding with a friend when he felt a sudden tug on his swimfin.  He looked down and saw half his fin had been torn off but, fortunately, he was not harmed.  Shark experts estimate that it was possibly a 6-8ft shark that took a bite out if the swimfin.  Read the news article below for more.

Shark Bite article


BITZERS WELCOME BABY GIRL


  HAWAII- Professional bodyboarders Jason and Roberta Bitzer announced the birth of their first child, a baby girl named Numa, on November 7th.  Congratulations, Jason and Beta!  Best wishes to you and your new family!



  That's all for now.  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

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