The top 24 riders for the 2004 IBA World Super Tour

Source: www.ibaworldtour.com

posted by Mark Fordham on 29th March 2004

World Super Tour (WST) - The International Bodyboarding Association (IBA)

The following events listed below are the official events for the 2004. With radical wave venues like Teahupoo, Shark Island and Pipe, with the inclusion of the powerful left of El Gringo in Chile and with the Sintra Pro holding dual points for both WQT and WST, it looks again to be another action packed tour. It's in these sorts of testing locations, that we will be able to show the world the true way bodyboarding should be seen.

Much of the success that dominated the World Super Tour was attributed to being able to run events at premiere locations agreed upon by the athletes as world super tour quality. That is, waves that are testing, challenging, and most importantly Dangerous. The riders of the tour call the optimum locations - waves of consequence. It's this combination that will crown our new World Super Tour Champion after the Pipeline Pro, in early to mid January, on the North Shore of Oahu, 2005.

Dates for 2004 are:

May 24th, 2004WST > Human Teahupoo Challenge
$20,000 USD prize money.
Jun 10th, 2004WST > Arica Chilean Challenge
$20,000 USD prize money
Jun 28th, 2004WST > Human Shark Island Challenge
$20,000 USD prize money.
Aug 25th, 2004WQT > Sintra Pro
Portugal $40,000 USD prize money. (Dual sanction points)
Jan, 2005WST > Pipeline Pro
Hawaii $20,000 USD. (dates T.B.C)

RatingNameOrigin
1DAMIAN KINGAUSTRALIA
2GUILHERME TAMEGABRAZIL
3JEFF HUBBARDHAWAII
4ANDRE BOTHASOUTH AFRICA
5SEAN VIRTUEAUSTRALIA
6BEAU DAYAUSTRALIA
7RYAN HARDYAUSTRALIA
8ANDREW LESTERAUSTRALIA
9PAULO BARCELLOSBRAZIL
10GRAHAME MILLERAUSTRALIA
11DAVID WINCHESTERAUSTRALIA
12MITCH RAWLINSAUSTRALIA
13TOBY PLAYERAUSTRALIA
14MIKE STEWARTHAWAII
15BEN PLAYERAUSTRALIA
16TYSON WILLIAMAUSTRALIA
17URI VALADAOBRAZIL
18HUGO PINHEIROPORTUGAL
19MICHAEL CHAPPLEAUSTRALIA
20ROBERTO BRUNOBRAZIL
21LUIS GUSTAVO VILLARBRAZIL
22JASON HAZLEAUSTRALIA
23SHAUN COOPERAUSTRALIA
24JOSH KIRKMANAUSTRALIA

Alternates
25KELLEY HUNTHAWAII
26NICOLAS CAPDEVILLEFRANCE

Below are riders that qualified for the WST for 2004 through the WQT and did not want to enter due to one reason or another.

BEN HOLLANDAUSTRALIAWST
ALISTAIR TAYLORSOUTH AFRICAWST
MANUEL CENTENOPORTUGALWQT
GONZARLO FARIAPORTUGALWQT
NICOLAS CAPDEVILLEFRANCEWQT
CHRISTIAN PEREZSPAINWQT
DAVID PEREZSPAINWQT


The first event on the International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) World Super Tour (WST) will be The Human Teahupoo Challenge, gathering the world's best bodyboarders, including current world champion and defending champion, Australia's Damian King, 2003 WST world champion Guilherme Tamega (Brazil) to the most spectacular wave location in the world.

The 10-day waiting period enables the organizers to select the optimum wave and weather conditions at the world-renowned Heavy Weight Break, Teahupoo, considered by many as one of the world's most dangerous waves. Teahupoo is known for its purity and natural raw power. Waves reach heights of up to 12, 15ft drawing off a razor shape reef, breaking below sea level, leaving any unlucky individual who is unfortunate to come unstuck in the attempt to challenge this beast to think twice about a second attempt.

This event will be the first of 5 IBA World Super Tour Events (WST) on the 2003 IBA Calender carrying a total purse of USD $ 20,000.

For more information on the World Super Tour (WST) / World Qualifying Tour (WQT) and World Women's Tour (WWT) click on to www.ibatour.com

Mark Fordham
IBA World Super Tour (WST) Managing Director
Phone: +61 (0) 417 660 323
Email: [email protected]

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