With the race for the Aussie Tour Title nearing fever pitch, this year’s Knights Beach Pro is shaping up to be a humdinger!
Boom! Dave Winchester was explosive in ’08 and he’ll be looking for more of the same form this weekend too!
PHOTO // Jack Creevy
The fourth annual Knights Beach Pro, South Australia’s premier bodyboarding event, returns to Knights Beach in Port Elliot this weekend.
The Knights Beach Pro is the penultimate event in the 2009 Rebel Sports Pro Tour; and will be a key event for any riders hoping to win the Australasian Title, as shown by past event winners Andrew Lester (2007) and Dave Winchester (2008) who both went on to be crowned the Australasian Champion.
The event is a great opportunity for some of South Australia’s most talent riders, including brothers Eli and Dylan Beach, to gain national exposure for themselves amongst a world class field of riders.
The first three years of the Knights Beach Pro have scored perfect surf conditions and beautiful weather to contest the event. Contest Organiser Tim Doman of Surfing South Australia will be hoping to continue this run of good luck and draw an even bigger and better crowd than last year. “September is a really good time for surfing in South Australia, we have good swells, good weather and often days of offshore winds” Tim said. “I’ll rarely check the charts before this event as we have only two days to run it and I only want to hold it at Knights, so if the weather is good, that’s awesome, if not it’s too bad but the show rolls on. “This is my favourite event on the surfing calendar, it is always such a spectacle to watch the guys throwing it all on the line at Knights”.
This weekend’s event also coincides with Round Three of the State Titles, which is the final chance for the state’s best amateur riders to qualify for the 2009 national squad at Duranbah, QLD.
All the action at Knights kicks of on Saturday the 19th of September and the event to be streamed live at knightsbeachpro.com.
The Knights Beach Pro 2009 is supported by:
The Government of South Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, The Office of Recreation and Sport – Be Active, Coopers Brewery, Swellnet, Surfing South Australia and the International Bodyboarding Association Australasia.