Archive for May, 2011

Couch Surfin’

Nick Ormerod has lagged on updating his blog recently, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been keeping busy. Nick has spent only one month at home this year so in between contests and road trips, it’s safe to say he has mastered the art of couch surfing.

Head over to and check out what he has been up to. Nick is competing in the 2011 Shark Island Challenge Trials this week, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for live results and updates.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Mattick.

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Movement 36

After what seems like forever between issues, Movement 36 has finally landed on newsstands across Australia. Take it as you will, the Movement crew have issued a public apology for the delay over here.

All excuses aside, Movement 36 has definitely been worth the wait. Go pick it up now!

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The 2011 SIC

The 2011 Shark Island Challenge – sanctioned by the International Bodyboarding Association – is set to run as a specialty event during the two month break period of the 2011 IBA World Tour.

The event will kick off on June 2nd in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Australia at Cronulla. The waiting period extends to 25th July with organisers seeking the best day of swell for the event to get the green light. The 2011 Shark Island Challenge will be a one day event consisting of 16 invitees from around the world. There will also be Trials at the beginning of the waiting period with the top four trialists joining the 16 invitees to tackle the infamous Shark Island.

Ryan Hardy (winner of the 2010 Shark Island Challenge) and Damian King – along with fellow Australians Mitch Rawlins, Ben Player and Dave Winchester – join locals Andrew Lester, Dave Ballard, Christian “Rissole” Riguccini, Adam “Wingnut” Smith, Sam Strachan and Shaun Pyne. The international invitees are Mike Stewart, Jeff Hubbard, Guilherme Tamega, Pierre Louis Costes and Jared Houston.

Competitors will be fighting it out for a cash pool of $10,000.00 and the stigma of being crowned the 2011 Shark Island Challenge champion!

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Throwing Down

The South American leg of the 2011 IBA World Tour may have only just come to an end, but Jake Stone has already released some fresh footage from the trip. Check out these Throw Down! leftovers of Ryan Hardy and Jake going blow for blow at El Gringo.

Ryan unveiled the hardflip in Chile last week, but he’s not done with the innovation just yet. Keep an eye for a couple of 720 air forwards in this clip… amazing!

Throw Down! – a film by Chris White and Jake Stone – will premiere in early 2012.

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This Is Varshity

Parkway Drive are trekking around Australia headlining the Mix ‘N’ Mash Tour at the moment. Vocalist Winston McCall has been sporting our new Winter 2011 products on stage at some of the shows, here he is rocking the Varshity Zip Up Hood at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on Wednesday night. The Varshity Zip Up features our classic fit, contrast rib and welt pockets and is available in two colourways; Black or Black and White (shown above).

Our Winter 2011 Collection is available now at all Authorised Unite Dealers on the East Coast of Australia, unfortunately, crew in Western Australia will have to wait until next week to get their hands on the new range.

Photo courtesy of Annie Wilson.

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The Hardflip?

When Ryan Hardy contorted his body into a new move above an El Gringo lip last week he left the bodyboarding world dumbfounded. What the hell was it? Did he actually mean to do it? And most importantly, what’s it called?

Le Boogie tracked down Ryan in Chile and asked him to clear up some unanswered questions regarding his actions. You can read the interview over here and if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t seen the footage yet, check the clip out here.

Frame grab courtesy of the International Bodyboarding Association.

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Tommy On Found

Today Found Boards officially launched their new website, but it’s not the only big news that they have to share. So, what else have they got? Well, Tom Smith (above), the amazingly talented rider from Queensland’s Gold Coast, has jumped ship and landed on Found! He joins fellow Unite Team rider Lachlan Cramsie as the latest addition to their team.

Head over to and have a look around. While you’re there make sure you check out the profiles on Tommy and Lachie and learn about what makes them both tick.

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Australia Wins!

The Australian Team of  Ryan Hardy, Mitch Rawlins, Dave Winchester and Sam Bennett won the World Teams Challenge at El Gringo, Chile today as the 2011 Arica Chilean Challenge went on hold for yet another day.

Team Australia dominated the line up and took honours ahead of South Africa, France and Hawaii. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for live results and updates when Round Two of the Arica Chilean Challenge hits the water.

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2011 ACC On Hold

A further decrease in swell has forced event organisers to call a second consecutive lay day of the 2011 Arica Chilean Challenge. This dip in swell is considered the calm before the storm, as forecasts are predicting a flurry of long range swells sending waves in the 10 foot range over the next few days. An explosive finish to the event is expected as the best bodyboarders in the world battle it out at maxing El Gringo, one of the world’s most  heavy and dangerous waves.

While you’re waiting for the next round check out this clip featuring Damian King talking about his stay in Chile so far. Hit up our Facebook and Twitter for updates and live results when the competition resumes.

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King Of Round One

The first round of the Arica Chilean Challenge – the third stop on the 2011 IBA World Tour – was contested at El Gringo this morning as an early offshore groomed the three to five foot waves into perfect peaks.

With the Trials wrapped up, the first heat of Round One set a blistering pace with former World Champion Damian King firing in the gaping tubes. “I lost my board when I was in front and just kept cool”, said King. “There are a lot of young guys coming through the ranks so that challenges me to keep on top of my game and”.

Tomorrows forecast is shaping up well with a strong chance of Round Two getting underway. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for live results and updates as they come to hand.

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