2018 KIAMA BODYBOARD KING PRO HOSTS GIANT WEEKEND OF BODYBOARD ACTION.
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro saw a weekend of chock-a-block action at Kiama Surf Beach with the Fling 4 Bling Airshow, Pro Junior and Men’s and Women’s divisions all taking place.
Iain Campbell (South Africa) showed why he is the reigning World Champion, hurling himself several meters above the lip of the wave in the Fling 4 Bling Airshow divisions. With a beach packed with spectators, Campbell dominated the semis and final of the division and take the prize purse.
Local dynamo Hunter Nichols (Kiama, NSW) ensured a coveted title remained in Kiama, taking out the Pro Junior division. In the relatively low-scoring affair, Nichols managed to gain the edge in the heat, posting a 10.30 two-wave total and gaining the nod over Maroubra’s Liam Lucas who finished in the runner-up position.
Over the duration of the weekend, the Mike Stewart Coaching Clinic saw over 50 attendees receive coaching from the nine-times World Champion.
Additionally, Kiama Mayor Mark Honey presented Stewart with a thank you gift as well as formally welcomed all attending World Champions to the region.
Early forecasts indicate the swell will remain small on Monday, with a possible spike in swell on Tuesday, continuing into Wednesday/Thursday to finish Men’s and Women’s Grand Slam divisions.
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 the 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 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.
RESULTS AND FINAL POINTS:
1. Hunter Nicholls 10.30 (Kiama, NSW)
2. Liam Lucas 10.05 (Maroubra, NSW)
3. Lachlan Hearne 9.75 (Geraldton, WA)
4. Nathan Wilson 9.15 (Wollongong, NSW)