KIAMA SURF BEACH, KIAMA (Saturday, August 31, 2019): WINCHESTER LAUNCHES DIRECTLY TO ROUND 3. PLC CONTINUES STRONG FORM. BODYBOARDING WINS WITH THE HERITAGE HEAT
Kiama Surf Beach provided some good quality 2 metre wedging waves for competitors in the Bodyboard King Kiama Pro today. The short period swell on hand gave riders in the Trials and Main Event the opportunities they needed to put in some great performances today. It also afforded some of the legends of the sport a perfect opportunity to share some waves in the Heritage Heat.
WINCHESTER LAUNCHES DIRECTLY TO ROUND 3
Last year’s Kiama Bodyboard King Pro Champion Dave Winchester (AUSTRALIA) isn’t a busy professional bodyboarder chasing competitive glory on the world tour anymore, but instead a busy father and husband, raising a family and working hard. He hasn’t competed in an international bodyboarding event since last year, but you would not have guessed it by his performance today.
Winchester showed why he was the reigning champion today, notching up a 14.63 heat score total for two solid inverts, one on a left and the other on the less frequent rights at Surf Beach, Kiama. Winchester’s performance also reminded those present that he is still a force to be reckoned with in bodyboarding and always someone who will deliver a show.
PLC CONTINUES STRONG FORM AFTER SOLD OUT FILM PREMIERE
Approximately 18 hours before Pierre Louis-Costes (FRANCE) exited the water at Surf Beach, Kiama with a combined heat score total of 16.7, edging out Mitch Rawlins (AUSTRALIA) for the heat win, he was screening his new film Tender to a packed house in Shellharbour. The film has had rave reviews and the accompanying book by Movement Magazine is also exceptional.
It was a great start for the current ratings leader’s campaign in Kiama and it obviously helped buoy PLC in his approach to the shifting peaks at Surf Beach. He was clinical as usual, launching a large backflip on one of his high scoring rides and will be hard to beat in these conditions. While there still remain Sintra and Fronton to decide the world title this year, another strong result for PLC here in Australia will see him in a commanding position.
BODYBOARDING IS THE WINNER WITH A STAR-STUDDED HERITAGE HEAT
After a great day of competition, it was time for some of the legends of the sport to take to the water for the Heritage Heat. Names such as Steve ‘Bullet’ Mackenzie, Michael Eppelstun, Pat Caldwell, Matt Riley, Paul Barnard, Doug Robson and so many more took the chance to share an afternoon of wedges as the winds backed off and conditions improved.
The Heritage Heat also saw Kiama Municipal Council Mayor Mark Honey hit the water too!
OTHER NOTABLE MENTIONS
Former World Champions Jeffery Hubbard (HAWAII), Ben Player (AUSTRALIA) both sent warning shots to the more regular competitors on the world tour, claiming impressive victories. Each rider managed to lock in excellent scores and back them up with decent rides to win their heats convincingly. Other round one winners included Patrick Orr (HAWAII), George Humphreys (AUSTRALIA) and Tanner McDaniel (HAWAII).
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro presented by Stojo is predicted to recommence tomorrow.
The Association of Professional Bodyboarding (APB) can run from August 31 to September 8 and will use Kiama Surf Beach as the prime event location. Shark Island in Cronulla and Mystics in Minnamurra will serve as backup locations.
Kiama’s Surf Beach will host an array of different happenings on the 31st August and 1st September with coaching clinics with nine-times World Champion Mike Stewart (Hawaii), AirAsia Air Show, music and a farmers market.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro is the only Association of Professional Bodyboarding (APB) World Tour event in Australia.
For more information please visit www.surfingaustralia.com/nsw or www.apbtour.com/kiama.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. Destination Kiama is a proud sponsor of the annual event. The event is a collaboration between Surfing NSW and APB to run and host Australia’s largest bodyboard event.