Blow Out Club Contest #1: Uvongo
posted by Derek Footit on 23rd February 2004
Blow Out got off to a good start yesterday, Sunday 22nd February, with a turn out of 35 bodyboarders and included a division that hasn't been competed in for years.
Two local guys entered into our contest in the Masters division. Dubbed "the Ballies Division" they brought in their own style to the day and added an extra flair to the spectator's part of the sport. Neville Crompton competed using an old school 39-40 inch long and ±30cm wide paipo
(a wooden bodysurf plank which was the origin of the bodyboard) and Daniel Lubunyana using the conventional 42 inch bodyboard. Daniel did a couple good old school cutties and Neville managed to bust out the old "barrel roll" on this 1970 marine ply.
Even though the swell didn't do much for the excitement of the riders, the conditions stayed good throughout the day.
The Development and Boys Divisions were hotly contested as usual, and they managed to use their light frames to their advantage in the small conditions. There were also a lot of new faces around, showing that bodyboarding on the South Coast has quite a big following and is by no means short of talent in the younger divisions.
With the older guys in the mens and pro divisions a little heavier than the feather weights, in the younger division, they found it slightly harder to bust out big in the small conditions. However with out fail, the pro riders still managed to pull off some outstanding moves – showing that it takes a great deal of skill to be a top bodyboarder - being able to ride well in all types of conditions; big, small, excellent or rubbish. Grant Lee pulled off what was said to have been the move of the contest by doing an outrageously tweaked invert during his second heat.
All in all the riding was top class and the day was enjoyed by all!