Sunday, December 4, 2011

The 2011 IBA Fronton Pro

IBA 2011 NMD, Pride, Stealth Fronton Pro
Event 8 of 8, Mens Grand Slam Series
El Fronton, Galdar, Gran Canaria
Dec 6-15, 2011
The International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) is pleased to announce that the IBA 2011 Fronton event has secured the sponsorship support of some of the industry’s leading brands. NMD, Pride and Stealth have committed to the Naming Sponsorship of the event, which is shaping up as one of the biggest events in the history of Bodyboarding.
The IBA 2011 NMD, Pride, Stealth Fronton Pro is event 8 of 8 of the IBA Grand Slam Series for the undisputed World Championship of Bodyboarding. Going into the final event, the world title race is wide open, where 4 riders can still win the prestigious World Title. Jeff Hubbard (HAW) is the current tour leader, though hot on his heels are the contenders: Pierre Louis Costes (FRA), Ryan Hardy (AUS) and Guilherme Tamega (BRA).
The venue for this amazing showdown is the infamous El Fronton, located in Galdar, Gran Canaria. The IBA has been working closely with the support of the local authorities to ensure the stage is set for a memorable contest at the wave that is often regarded as the ‘perfect canvas for performance Bodyboarding’. Holding waves up to 15 feet and serving up lefts and rights, with hollow barrels and sections made for boosting, the Bodyboarding world collectively holds its breath to see what Mother Nature will deliver.
The official contest window is from December 6 – 15, 2011, with event check in at the La Guancha event site on December 5th between 12 noon and 4pm. All riders are required to check in, including the top 24 IBA contracted riders, Wildcards and riders wishing to enter the trials event.
There will be 8 spots available in the main event for riders to progress from the trials event that will be held from the 6th December 2011 at La Guancha. The treasured spots in the top 32 of the IBA 2011 NMD, Pride, Stealth Fronton Pro are not the only thing that will make the Fronton Trials one of the most exciting of the year. There are 12 riders from the Global Qualifying Series (GQS) still in contention for the 8 available IBA top 24 contracts for 2012.
The 4 event Wildcards for the IBA 2011 NMD, Pride, Stealth Fronton Pro have been awarded to Elliott Morales (CNY), Nelson Mora (CNY), Genesis Reyes (CNY) and Jason Finlay (AUS).
Managing Director of the IBA, Gregg Taylor, commented, “The script could not have been written better for the final event of what has been a revolutionary year for the IBA GSS World Tour and the GQS Tour. The IBA is very grateful for the support of the industry-leading brands of NMD, Pride and Stealth. It is industry support such as this that will underpin the ongoing growth of the IBA World Tour and the sport of Bodyboarding”.
This IBA Grand Slam will be live on and