Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Ryan Hardy, the perfectionist bodyboarder from Australia has just won the first Grand Slam event of the 2009 IBA world tour at Pipeline, Hawaii. This is massive for Hardy as he has had a bit of a rocky path since he missed the 2006 world title by a tiny, tiny amount. He has been through some major illness and has recently been dropped by long term sponsor and backup, Billabong. This was a major shock to the bodyboard world and hopefully this win for Ryan has made them realize he has a lot of potential left in him. 2nd place went to French 19-year old Pierre Louis-Costes, 3rd to Guilherme Tamega and 4th to Dave Winchester. It was an epic final and well done to everyone i say! Here is a shot of PLC from last years comp, shame i couldn't be there again this year.