Its back.............Back again.......... the ABA Tour is coming back to one of WA's best bodyboarding waves. WA's coastline is littered with wedges and reef breaks that will make any hardened bodyboarder weak at the knees. Mandurah Wedge is one of these spots and the ABA Tour along with Surfing WA State Rounds are coming to town in the first week of February.
Ryan Hardy "Mid Flight" Pic Chris Gurney
Having missed WA in 2016 the ABA Tour has promised to come back bigger and better on the weekend of the 3rd to 5th of February and we are frothing so hard here at GE to be able to throw our support behind such an event.
2015's event saw a number of WA's best bodyboarder's show case there abilities and skills at the notorious wedge. A number a lesser known lads but still absolute chargers in their own right, James Walsh to name one, made it through the quarters and even another Jake Metcalfe, made semis, all involved put it to those Pros that made the trip over. In the end WA bodyboarding's big gun Ryan Hardy ended up taking it out in a close and tight tussle.
Whilst we all wait for who will be venturing over to the West this time to compete,we can be assured either way that it will be an event not to miss.
Entries are now open for both the West Oz Pro HERE IS LINK (copy and paste it in your browser) - http://www.abatour.com.au/west-oz-pro-3/</p>
and the Surfing WA State Rounds Number 1 HERE IS LINK (copy and paste it in your browser) - https://www.surfingaustralia.com/states/wa/events/2017-sunsmart-wa-bodyboard-titles-rnd-number-1-mandurah
All of us here at Good Earth Surf Shop encourage everyone young and old to get involved in this event and weekend. If your keen to compete, but not at a pro level, that is great and there is a spot for you somewhere with plenty of divisions on the SWA state rounds to get on board with, from U/12's to over 45's they got you covered.
If your not competing get along as there will be plenty happening with presenting sponsor Bali Bodyboarding holding free coaching sessions all weekend, pro meet and greet, Good Earth Pop Up Shop, food and lots and lots and lots of sick action in the water!!! MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
See you there......... remember Friday 3rd Feb to Sunday 5th of Feb Mandurah Wedge
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE FULL CLIP.............................its taken a little while to get sorted but here ya go. First trip to the jungle was a brilliant. Thanks to Kim Feast for the edit, Jerfi and is family from Prapto Homestay for their hospitality and all the crew that came along and that we met there who made this a trip of a lifetime....... Also thanks to Velvet Ocean Photography -Ez and Baldy.............YEWWWWWWW
Movement Mag Issue 8, 2005
This is a story about the moment where this cover shot very nearly didn't happen...
It was probably the best day of surf I've had at this deep south, West Australian reef. Perfect all day offshore, groomed 8-10ft swell and just our tight crew that motored out there this particular day in May 2005 including myself, Chad Jackson, Dave Winchester, Sean Virtue, Brad Hughes and Chris White videoing, Toinzy (Phil Gallagher - Aquatech Imaging Solutions) was shooting. At around 2pm following an incredible morning session, we decided to check a nearby slab and myself, Winchester, Virtue, Hughes and Chaddy J did a rock/scissors/paper game to see who'd stay and shoot with Toinzy, while the rest went on a recon mission. I lost the game and was a bit gutted at missing the chance to check a nearby unsurfed monster slab. On cue, as the human sacrifice ski crew motored off into the distance, a perfect set stormed my way and with Toinzy yelling from the channel I had no option but to put my head down and charge this glassy, double up beast! The 8ft wave drained really hard off the reef and I struggled to hold a clean line in the barrel after an intense freefall. I managed to hold it together through a wide open pit and I could see Toinzy in the perfect spot up near the lip on the shoulder...what a link up! I came out after the spit and let out a big hoot as I pulled off the wave hoping to see the same reaction from Toinzy, but he was GONE!! A tomb-stoning board in the impact zone alerted me to the fact that he had been too close to the barrel and had got sucked over and he was now getting obliterated! I raced in towards him and was relieved to see him eventually surface, but there was angst in his face and I immediately thought he was injured..."You OK Toinzy?!" I yelled, "Nah mate, I lost my housing, FUCK!" Shit!! We frantically looked for it in the impact zone for 15minutes with no success, then Toinzy decided he'd scout the inshore shoreline and I'd check out the peak zone in case it had drifted out. Sure enough as I neared the lineup I saw a red housing bobbing right near the peak about 50metres away with a big set approaching..."TOINZYYYY!!!" I screamed, but he was too far away and couldn't hear me so I sprinted towards the red housing. The housing just made it over the lip of the first wave of an 8footer and my legs and arms were burning as I scrambled to get to it before the 2nd bigger wave of the set honed in on it, but it was too late. I watched in horror as the red housing went over in the lip of a 10ft beast, 2metres away from my outstretched arm. So close! I was devestated - Photos of my best wave all day and my mates camera, both GONE! I scouted the impact zone for 20minutes with no luck. I eventually did the long paddle in to the beach because I could see Toinzy desperately scrounging the beach for any sign of his camera. I eventually got to the beach and made my way towards Toinzy and I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw he had his red housing in his hands!! We laughed and hooted hysterically and he told me how he'd mentally hit rock bottom and had been crying on the beach when he'd looked up and saw his red housing floating towards some inshore rocks (the set where I saw it get sucked over in the lip had washed it in towards shore!). In a frantic effort, he had got to it in time to save it from being bashed against the rocks and the Movement Issue 8 cover that nearly never was, lived to tell it's tale.
- Ryan Hardy
Link below to purchase the NEWEST 'Return of Movement' Issue, psyched!!
With bags packed with some boards, fins, shorts, tees and a rashie. A few crew from the GE team ventured out on its travels to explore the most documented bay in Java, Indonesia.
Watukurang is a great little village and the waves.....well its raved about and there is good reason why. What more could you want a left and a right reef break. All day waves.
Whilst getting there wasn't as much a mission as some other well known spots it definitely made the start to our adventures interesting. Leaving a miserable winters day behind in Perth and getting aboard the plane was the first step to starting off better than last years team trip (expired passport causing some annoyance in 2015). All the crew rocked up well before they needed, all though a bit tired, they were all excited of what could lay ahead them. The 3 and a 1/2 hour flight felt like nothing and before we knew it we were in Denpasar. Luggage in hand we trekked over to the Domestic Airport. More check-ins and baggage scans faced us once more but unfazed we continued on until we reached the food hall. First feeds of Nasi Goreng Ayam and Mie Goreng were demolished and we sat patiently for the next flight a few of the boys with Bintangs in hand.
Another short domestic flight and then the fun began again as cars were loaded to the brink of collapse, feeds at dodgy Warungs, narrow steep roads and stories flowed until we made it. Seeing the Prapto sign was an immeasureable pleasure. We got our rooms and ditched our bags then walked down the dark moon lit path to see what lay before us. Of course more darkness, but the very unforgettable sound of crashing waves...
then next morning we woke to this......... Here is the teaser full clip to drop soon.
Sat 14th May 2016 – Sun 15th May 2016
SUNSMART WA BODYBOARD TITLES PRESNTED BY GOOD EARTH
ROUND # 2 - YALLINGUP
The Western Australian State Bodyboarding Titles are more than just a showcase of the best amateur riders in the state, they provide a great opportunity to represent WA at a national level; a chance for the legends and up and comers of the Western Australian bodyboarding community to reunite and educate a new breed of grommets about the strong link between the sport, the culture of our nation and our relationship with the land.
West Australia has produced many high profile bodyboarders including the likes of Ryan Hardy, Sean Virtue, Brad Hughes, Joe Jordanoff, and not to mention the iconic Tension crew to name a few. The future of bodyboarding within the state is looking great, with the constant emergence of new talent and support of companies who are committed to the development of the sport at every level.
Today bodyboarding is a key facet of the national surfing scene and remains integral to both the history and traditions of the surfing culture both here in Australia and world wide. With the national titles and state competitions catering for divisions from junior through to masters, it is a unique discipline and one that has large appeal to a major cross-section of our society.
All competitors must be current 2016 Surfing WA members to be eligible to compete.
'Under Age' Divisions - Competitors must be under the age specified as of 31st December 2016.
'Over Age' Divisions - Competitors must be of age as of 1st January 2016.
No refunds will be given within 48 hours of competition starting.
All competitors must ensure their boards meet the competitive standards outlined in the 2016 Surfing Australia rulebook.
Bodyboard competitors can compete in MULTIPLE divisions at State Titles & TWO division at National Titles.
|Over 35 Men Bodyboard||$60.00|
|Drop Knee Bodyboard||$60.00|
|Under 14 Boys Bodyboard||$60.00|
|Under 16 Boys Bodyboard||$60.00|
|Under 18 Boys Bodyboard||$60.00|
|Under 21 Pro Junior Bodyboard||$60.00|
|Open Women Bodyboard||$60.00|
|Open Men Bodyboard||$60.00|
This event requires a current state membership.
LINK to register
“Good Earth Margies”. Located in Margaret River is now a core bodyboarding store jam packed with all your fav brands and boogie goodness.
“Margaret River has been calling out for a core shop for years. Myself and Zena are pumped about opening this shop.” says Darren, Good Earth co owner, “bodyboarding community has always been solid here in the west. With slabbing beach breaks and heaving reef breaks dotted along its coastline, Margies was a clear choice for a second shop.
Bodyboarders need a place to get the necessities.” Stocking all your core products Good Earth Margies is located on the main street of Margs at Shop 6 “Landa Lane” 131 Bussell Hwy Margaret River 6285 Trading times Tuesday to Friday 930-430, Saturday and Sunday 10-4 (may vary according to surf conditions)