Ryan Claims Title

Margaret River’s Ryan Hardy confirmed his place as one of the world’s top bodysurfers, putting on an impressive performance over the weekend to triumph in the main event of the 2013 SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles.

The news article “Hardy takes out title at Wedge” has full details on this story. It says, “The current International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) world No 13 was joined by more than 80 competitors at Mandurah Wedge, the state’s mecca for bodyboarding.

Competition was restricted to small and testing waves at Pyramids Beach on day one for the preliminary heats, but conditions improved remarkably overnight as a solid ground swell on Sunday provided the chance to surf the Wedge.” http://www.margaretrivermail.com.au/story/1419858/hardy-takes-out-title-at-wedge/?cs=1807

A seemingly relaxed and super consistent Ryan clinched the open men’s division, defeating Jake Metcalfe, Boden Hay and Mandurah’s George Humphreys.

However, he wasn’t the only one to get a taste of glory as local contestant Ben Veitch won the Over-24s senior men’s category, wiping out runners-up Ryan, Brendan Gabel and John Barker of Mandurah.

“Great waves, good friends and some really good heats make for an all-time weekend,” said Ben.

Declan Genge was another local contestant to do well in the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles. The drop knee surfboarder secured the second spot in the division finals with his 15.43 points.

Ryan thanked everybody who supported the competition and said that he would now focus on IBA World Tour as it continues on the south coast in New South Wales in upcoming weeks.

“Yeah, certainly my goal this year is the world title. I can’t see myself competing for a state or national title at this stage, but I’ll always support the WA events if there’s going to be good waves like we had today,” he said.

Justin Majeks, events manager at Surfing WA, talked about the decision to hold the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles at Mandurah Wedge, referring to the opportunity for spectators to get close to all the action.

“Each and every wave breaks so close to the rocks that you feel like you’re almost riding the waves yourself. The whole set-up creates an atmosphere in the water and on the rocks that you don’t get at many places,” he said.

The next event will take place at Margaret River’s Gas Bay on May 18-19, followed by another in Perth. The three annual state titles offer bodyboarders an opportunity to represent the state at the national titles to be held later in the year.

To find out more about the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles, please check out the website

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

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