Monday, November 25, 2013

EDITORIAL: Bodyboarding World Awaits Word From IBA Pty Ltd

EDITORIAL: Bodyboarding World Awaits Word From IBA Pty Ltd


  It has been two weeks since news broke regarding the managerial resignations within IBA Pty Ltd.  The very next day, it was officially announced that the Men's Grand Slam Series world tour season finale at Fronton (Gran Canaria, Spain) had been cancelled.  Since then, IBA Pty Ltd has gone silent while rumors and speculation have run wild through the international bodyboarding community.  With the cancellation of the 2013 World Tour's final event,  there are countless questions being asked, but very few if any answers being offered at the moment.

  The paramount question, obviously, is who is the 2013 Men's World Champion?  After four events, 2x World Champion Ben Player (Australia) and 2010 World Champion Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) both have two wins and are tied for the title with 5900 points each.  In what may be one of the worst kept secrets in the history of bodyboarding, sources close to the IBA World Tour have suggested that Ben Player will be crowned 2013 World Champion by way of reverting to the 2012 final standings as a tie-breaker.  This was, unofficially, confirmed by Amaury Lavernhe in a post on his Facebook page.  Still, there has been no official announcement from IBA Pty Ltd.

  While the bodyboarding world awaits confirmation of its world champion, there are also other confirmations to be made.  Who is the 2013 IBA Rookie of the Year?  Who is the GQS (Global Qualifier Series) 2013 Champion?  According to the official rankings following the final Men's GQS event, The Encanto Pro Puerto Rico, Lucas Noguiera (Brasil) was the GQS points leader.  The 2013 IBA World Tour may have come to an unfortunate finish, but it seems only right to officially confirm and acknowldge the accomplishments of our sport's competitors and bring some sort of closure to this season.  The entire world of bodyboarding is waiting for IBA Pty Ltd to officially recognize it's 2013 champions.  Out of respect for all of the tour competitors as well as all of bodyboarding's loyal supporters, an official announcement needs to be made...sooner rather than later!

  Stay tuned to BODYBOARDING 101 for all of the latest news and updates as more information becomes available.  For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.ibaworldtour.com

IBA World Tour on Facebook

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

BEHIND THE SCENES: Circuito Carioca Event #2: Posto 5

BEHIND THE SCENES
Circuito Carioca de Bodyboard event #2
(dual-sanctioned as FEBBRJ state tour event #4)
Posto 5, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
October 19th-20th, 2013

2013 Circuito Carioca de Bodyboard


The contest site at Posto 5 in Copacabana.

At the start of day one, when all competitors check in, they receive their t-shirt.

All competitors receive an access wrist band.

The jet ski with rescue sled.

Security takes the competition buoys out to the line-up with the jet ski each morning.

P5 supergrom Matheus Bastos.

competition jerseys...time to call the first heat for their jersey assignments!

Inside the Judges Booth. Photo: Henrique Pinguim

The green flag is up...the heat has begun!

There is always plenty of fresh fruit to help keep the competitors and event staff energized and healthy!

The P5 bodyboard team hanging out and enjoying a perfect beach day!

Beach Marshal Sandro Barros and Photographer Henrigue Pinguim.

The massage therapists from Fisioterapia Desportiva are on hand at each tour event!

Pro bodyboarders Jessica Becker and Juliana Freitas checking the heat scores.

Bodyboarding legend Fabio Aquino and Beach Marshal Steve Jackson. Photo: Sandro Barros


VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS:



MEN'S PRO FINAL:
1st- Diego Viera (Rio de Janeiro)
2nd- Bruno Araujo (Rio das Ostras)
3rd- Leo Costa (Espirito Santo)
4th-Roneiris Viana (Espirito Santo)



WOMEN'S PRO FINAL:
1st- Jessica Becker (Macae)
2nd- Nicolle Calheiros (Rio de Janeiro)
3rd- Maira Viana (Espirito Santo)
4th- Kirtys Montenegro (Pernambuco)



OPEN MEN'S FINAL:
1st- Adejaldo Silva (Sao Joao da Barra)
2nd- Caio Araujo (Rio de Janeiro)
3rd- Jonas Silva (Sao Joao da Barra)
4th- Ariel Santana (Espirito Santo)



OPEN WOMEN'S FINAL:
1st- Yumi Vasconcellos (Rio das Ostras)
2nd- Paula Alonso (Niteroi)
3rd- Hengy Santos (Pernambuco)
4th- Luana Peixoto (Barra de Sao Joao)



SUB 16 FINAL:
1- Miguel Medina (Rio das Ostras)
2- Breno Pessanha (Rio de Janeiro)
3- Kayque Thomaz (Rio de Janeiro)
4-Matheus Bastos (Rio de Janeiro)

For more photos and information, please be sure to visit:
Circuito Carioca de Bodyboard on Facebook

Circuito Caricoa event staff for event #2 at Posto 5! Photo: Henrique Pinguim

NEXT EVENT:
Event #3: November 16th-17th at Secreto (Praia da Macumba)
(dual-sanctioned as event #5 of the FEBBRJ state tour)


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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

2013 ISA World Bodyboard Championship

The International Surfing Association's
2013 WORLD BODYBOARD CHAMPIONSHIP
(officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee)


October 12th-18th
Playa Parquito, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
Wave Conditions: 2ft. wind swell

OPENING CEREMONY:



FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
GOLD- Brasil
SILVER- Venezuela
BRONZE- Chile
COPPER- Costa Rica




ALOHA CUP TAG-TEAM CHALLENGE
  Run as the final event of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship, the ALOHA CUP is a tag-team relay competition.  The top 4 teams in the WBC standings select 4 competitors for this event.  Each competitor must paddle out, catch 3 waves, run back up the beach and tag the next rider on their team.  ALL waves are scored, and the team with the highest combined total wins The Aloha Cup.  The results are, also, factored into the final team standings.

GOLD- Venezuela
SILVER- Brasil
BRONZE- Costa Rica
COPPER- Chile



MEN'S GRAND FINAL
GOLD- Eder Luciano (Brasil)
SILVER- Roberto Bruno (Brasil)
BRONZE- Gabriel Brantes (Chile)
COPPER- Enyer Moncado (Venezuela)


Day One Highlights from 2013 ISA World Bodyboard Championship



WOMEN'S GRAND FINAL
GOLD- Neymara Carvalho (Brasil)
SILVER- Luz Marie Grand (Puerto Rico)
BRONZE- Giselle Gaselli (Chile)
COPPER- Lumar Guittard (Venezuela)



DROP KNEE GRAND FINAL
GOLD- Luis Rodriguez (Venezuela)
SILVER- William Fallas (Costa Rica)
BRONZE- Renato Arellano (Chile)
COPPER- Jose Manuel Henriquez (Dominican Republic)





UNDER 18 BOYS GRAND FINAL
GOLD- Jefferson Bustos (Costa Rica)
SILVER- Luis Briceno (Venezuela)
BRONZE- Marcyus Thompson (Brasil)
COPPER- Gonzalo Espinoza (Chile)



UNDER 18 GIRLS GRAND FINAL
GOLD- Glorielys Oropeza (Venezuela)
SILVER- Catalina Hernandez (Chile)


FINAL DAY HIGHLIGHTS:


ANTI-DOPING AND DRUG TESTING:  As required by the International Olympic Committee guidelines, the International Surfing Association conducts anti-doping and drug testing at the conclusion of competition and prior to awarding any medals at the World Bodyboard Championship.



OVERALL TEAM STANDINGS
1- Brasil
2- Venezuela
3- Chile
4- Costa Rica
5- Argentina
6- Dominican Republic
7- Ecuador
8- Morocco
9- Puerto Rico

  Hopefully, the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship will see some of bodyboarding's major players...USA, Hawaii, Australia, France, Spain, Japan, etc...return to competition and make a run for gold!  Until next year, we'll just have to wait and see!

Who do you think will win Gold in 2014?

Official Press Release: http://www.isawbcvzla.com/#!15/c14n1

For more information, please be sure to visit:





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!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Managers Resign from IBA Pty Ltd!

BREAKING NEWS: Managers Resign from IBA Pty Ltd!


  AUSTRALIA-  BODYBOARDING 101 has learned that Administration Manager Karen Tozer and Tour Manager Alex Leon have resigned from International Bodyboarding Association Party Limited.  In a message from the former Administration Manager, Karen Tozer stated, "I resigned from the IBA and ceased working for them last Friday 8th Nov. Alex also resigned."  Former Tour Manager Alex Leon confirmed with me this afternoon, "I have resigned from IBA Pty Ltd."

  An email sent to General Manager of IBA Pty Ltd, Richard Nimmo, has not been immediately responded to.  While we await an official response from the IBA pertaining to these resignations, as well as an official statement regarding the confirmation or cancellation of  the Men's Grand Slam Series season finale at Fronton (Canary Islands, Spain), an air of uncertainty lingers over the world of bodyboarding and the pending outcome of the 2013 Men's world title.

Stay tuned for all of the latest updates on this breaking story!

CURRENT EVENTS: October News Recap

CURRENT EVENTS: October News Recap

IN THIS EDITION: Dave Hubbard Wins DKWT Title, Isabela Sousa Wins WWT Title, Results from CBRASB Brazilian National Tour, Encanto Pro Puerto Rico Results, Bodyboard Pro Festival Venezuela Results.

DAVE HUBBARD WINS 2013 DROP KNEE WORLD TOUR TITLE


  HAWAII- Dave Hubbard has won the 2013 IBA Drop Knee World Tour. "Dubb" dominated this year's tour with four event victories (Peru, Portugal, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico). Dave is now a 5x DK World Champion.  Here are the final rankings for the 2013 DKWT:


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


ISABELA SOUSA WINS 2013 WOMEN'S WORLD TOUR TITLE


  BRAZIL-  Isabela Sousa has won the 2013 IBA Women's World Tour title.  Isabela scored three tour victories this year (Pipeline, Portugal, Venezuela) on her way to claiming her second consecutive world title, and her third world title in four years (she finished 2nd on the WWT in 2011).  Here are the final rankings for the 2013 WWT:



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


CBRASB BRAZILIAN NATIONAL TOUR RESULTS


EVENT #1: Farol de Sao Thome (Campos, Rio de Janeiro)
October 11th-13th


MEN'S PRO:
1st- Lucas Nogueira
2nd- Valdomiro Mirinho
=3rd- Israel Salas
=3rd- Bruno Araujo


WOMEN'S PRO:
1st- Jessica Becker
2nd- Juliana Freitas
=3rd- Maria Helena Tostes
=3rd- Patricia Setubal

Day One Highlights on Vimeo

EVENT #2: Praia da Tiririca (Itacare, Bahia)
October 23rd-26th


MEN'S PRO:
1st- Israel Salas
2nd- Luis Villar
=3rd- Israel Eduardo
=3rd- Ronieres Viana


WOMEN'S PRO:
1st- Kirtys Montenegro
2nd- Jessica Becker
=3rd- Juliana Freitas
=3rd- Maria Helena Tostes

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official website: http://cbrasb.com.br/

CBRASB on Facebook


LOCAL RAFAEL RIVERA WINS ENCANTO PRO PUERTO RICO GQS


  JOBOS BEACH, PUERTO RICO (OCT. 23RD-27TH)-  Local Rafael "Rafa" Rivera became the first Puerto Rican to claim victory in the Men's Division of the Encanto Pro with his win over Moroccan Adnane Benslimane to score his first ever IBA GQS win.

MEN'S GQS RESULTS:
1st- Rafael Rivera (Puerto Rico)
2nd- Adnane Benslimane (Morocco)
=3rd- Guilherme Tamega (Brasil)
=3rd- Uri Valadao (Brasil)


  In the WWT portion of the event, it was an all-Japanese final with Minami Hatakeyama taking the win.

WWT RESULTS:
1st- Minami Hatakeyama (Japan)
2nd- Ayaka Suzuki (Japan)
=3rd- Emma Cobb (Australia)
=3rd- Neymara Carvalho (Brasil)


  In the DK final, Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) capped off a stellar championship year by defeating 2012 DK World Champion Sacha Specker (South Africa).

DK RESULTS:
1st- Dave Hubbard (Hawaii)
2nd- Sacha Specker (South Africa)
=3rd- Miles Kauhaahaa (Hawaii)
=3rd- Micah McMullin (Hawaii)


Final Day Video Highlights:

Official Press Release:
http://ibaworldtour.com/2013/10/rivera-wins-encanto-pro/

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

www.ibaworldtour.com

Encanto World Series on Facebook


BODYBOARD PRO FESTIVAL FINAL RESULTS


  ISLA DE MARGARITA, VENEZUELA (OCT. 7TH-12TH)-  Venezuelan Sergio Alonzo took the win in the Men's GQS, while Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) won in the DK division and Isabela Sousa won the Women's division along with the first ever Women's DK division.

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

www.ibaworldtour.com

Bodyboard Pro Festival on Facebook

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