Kiama set to host ABP World Grand Slam Series bodyboarding event

Waves to catch: Kiama will host the Australian leg of the World Bodyboarding Series later this month. Picture: Brent Blackburn.
Waves to catch: Kiama will host the Australian leg of the World Bodyboarding Series later this month. Picture: Brent Blackburn.

Some of the world’s best bodyboarders will descend on the south coast for the Kiama Bodyboard Pro later this month.

The third leg in the World Grand Slam Series, the event will run from July 30 to August 9 and will see athletes battle it out as they seek to be named world champion. 

The event marks the first time a world series event will be hosted in Australia since 2013 and organisers are excited for Kiama’s beaches to host athletes of such a high calibre. 

“I am beyond stoked to finally have Australia play host to the World Tour in our backyard,” Association of Professional Bodyboarders chief executive Alex Leon said.

“We have worked extremely hard for years to bring the tour back to Australia and with the great help of Surfing NSW and the tourism and government ministers we can finally showcase our sport to the Australian community and hope it helps the development and participation of the sport of bodyboarding in Australia.”

The event will run as a festival of bodyboarding, with the Men’s World Grand Slam Series, Women’s World Series and Pro Junior Series competitions, as well as junior camps, taking place throughout the 11 days.

 “To host the world’s best bodyboarders is another amazing opportunity for the Kiama area to once again show off its beautiful beaches to an international sporting audience,” Kiama Mayor Mark Honey said.

“Surf Beach is the perfect location for a world-class bodyboarding competition, with its ideal bodyboarding conditions for the athletes.”

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