KIAMA SURF BEACH, KIAMA (Thursday, August 9, 2018): The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro Grand Slam event wrapped up today with two new champions crowned across the Open Men’s and Open Women’s division.
Despite one of the longest and most unprecedented winter flat spells in the last decade, Kiama Surf Beach whirled up enough swell for both divisions to crown winners.
Dave Winchester (Mullumbimby, NSW) showed why he was a former runner-up to the world title, taking out top honours in the Open Men’s division. Winchester dominated the final with a combination of style, speed and flair to take top honours away from his international rivals.
“It was such a good feeling to be competing in such a high calibre event on home turf and to win it in my own country is the cherry on top,” said Winchester. “The waves were pretty difficult over the window, but I think I speak for all the competitors when I say it was an amazing event. I’m stoked.”
Four-time World Champion Isabela Sousa (Brazil) ensured an Open title would make the journey back over the Pacific Ocean, taking out the Open Women’s division. Sousa shone in the all-international affair, gaining the upper hand against reigning World Champion Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands) who had to settle for the third position.
“I’m so happy to take out this event,” said Sousa. “This win puts me in a solid position, so I really hope I can continue this momentum as the year continues. I loved my time in Kiama and hopefully, we get the chance to be back here next year.” A live webcast was broadcast on the APB website www.apbtour.com/live
The APB Grand Slam tour uses a unique format where the worlds 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 ran from July 30 – August 9 and was mobile between Cronulla’s Shark Island and the far south coast, however, it utilized Kiama as its main hub for competition days.
Kiama’s Surf Beach hosted 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 was also be the “Fling 4 Bling” tow out air show over the previous weekend.
Event industry sponsors Science and ISS had 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 was 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.
Women’s 1: Isabela Sousa (Brazil) 2: Ayaka Suzuki (Japan) 3: Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands) 4: Sari Ohhara (Japan)
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