KIAMA SURF BEACH, KIAMA (Thursday, 2 August 2018): The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro APB Grand Slam tour event kicked off with a bang at Kiama Surf Beach with the opening round of competition being completed in two-to-three foot wedges.
Having not competed in Australia since the South Coast Crusade in 2013, 55-year-old and nine times World Champion Mike Stewart (Hawaii) donned the competition jersey for his opening exchange with some of the world’s best. While Stewart’s round one wave scores didn’t reflect his depth of skills and accomplishments, he still managed to get spectators attention with his stylish drawn out maneuvers. Stewart will also host a coaching clinic in Kiama on Saturday.
Alan Munoz (Chile) set an early standard in the first round, showing his versatility by getting the biggest score of the day, 7.35 (out of a possible 10 points) for a blistering combo in the small waves. Munoz ability to conjure up solid scores has him on top of the leaderboard for day one of competition.
Putting more scores on the board for the international surfing contingent, Hayato Enokido (Japan) lived up to his name as one of the best small wave bodyboarders posting a handful of respectable scores. Enokido currently sits in the third position on the leaderboard.
A fresh north-east swell is predicted overnight with more favourable conditions for tomorrow.
You can follow the competition scores using the Stact app which downloadable in the App Store and also on Google Play.
A live webcast will be broadcast tomorrow on the APB Facebook page and on apbtour.com/live
The APB Grand Slam tour uses a unique format where the world’s best bodyboarders surf three times in non-elimination rounds. After the third round, the top three scores are tallied together out of a possible total of 30 points to determine the top 16 to proceed into the man-on-man round four.
The elite World Grand Slam event will run from July 30 – August 9 and be mobile between Cronulla’s Shark Island and the far south coast, however, will utilise Kiama as its main hub for competition days.
Kiama’s Surf Beach will host an array of different happenings on the 4th and 5th August with a Pro Junior Series event, coaching clinics with nine-times World Champion Mike Stewart (Hawaii) and the Australian Women’s professional – Lilly Pollard (The Bodyboard Academy). There will also be the “Fling 4 Bling” tow out air show pending wave size.
Event industry sponsors Science and ISS will have a display range of products for public testing and i98FM will be live broadcasting with prizes and giveaways on offer for all spectators.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro has been secured by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in partnership with Kiama Council, Destination Kiama, APB and Surfing NSW.
IMAGE CREDITS: Shannon Glasson / APB