SA Team to compete in the ISA World Bodyboard Championship

posted by Janet Middleton on 23rd October 2012

24th November - 2nd December 2012
Margarita Island, Venezuela

The South African Bodyboarding Association is proud to announce the South African team selected to compete in the 2012 ISA (International Surfing Association) World Bodyboarding Championship that will take place on Margarita Island, Venezuela from 24th November - 2nd December 2012. The team departs South Africa on 17th November 2012.

Venezuela will play host to the event at Playa Parguito, a left-hand beach break wave on Margarita Island; expected to provide some world-class waves. Located on the northeast of the island, Playa Parguito offers 2km of white, sandy beaches, palm trees and is open to swells from the Atlantic Ocean. As first-time hosts, Venezuela is enthusiastic about the upcoming event and will again play host to the bodyboarders in 2013.

The South African team will compete with teams from all over the world in the second stand-alone event. The championship is eagerly anticipated after last year's first independent event in the Canary Islands. Up until 2008, the bodyboarding championship was included the ISA World Surfing Games. The 2012 ISA World Bodyboard Championships is expected to be full of punchy waves and competitive riding for the top honours in bodyboarding. SABA Chairman, Michael van Huyssteen wished the team well: "We are confident that the team will do South Africa proud." A team rider generating great interest this year, is 15 year old Tristan Roberts, who won both the Boys and Pro divisions at the SA Championships this year - a feat never before achieved in the history of South African Bodyboarding.

The team recently received their National Colours from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and are being sponsored by Billabong South Africa and Zion Wetsuits:

South Africa:
OPEN MEN
1 - Iain Campbell (CKZN)
2 - Matthew Lombard (BOL)
3 - Tristan Roberts (BOL)

UNDER 18 MEN
1 - Tristan Roberts (BOL)

DROPKNEE OPEN
1 - Iain Campbell (CKZN)

OPEN WOMEN
1 - Pamela Bowren (EP)

UNDER 18 GIRLS
1 - Georgene Mc Keone (SKZN)

MANAGER
Sean Oberholzer (WP)

Billabong South Africa has really showed their support by sponsoring kit for the entire team. In addition, Billabong, together with Zion Wetsuits South Africa have put together an incredible hamper valued at more than R6000 and will include a board won at the SA champs and signed by the entire team.

WBC 2012 SA Team Raffle

About The South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA):
SABA runs bodyboarding in South Africa. A non-profit organisation operating for the aim of developing and nurturing new bodyboarding talent, as well as providing rules and structure to contests from club level to national level.

SABA is an affiliate member of Surfing South Africa (SSA). Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for all forms of surfriding in South Africa and is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Sponsors:
Billabong South Africa
Zion Wetsuits South Africa

South African Bodyboarding Association
Media Liaison
Janet Middleton
044 533 0025
084 516 2607
[email protected]
www.sabodyboarding.co.za

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