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Bodyboarders take up the Tennis Challenge on July 7


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Bodyboarders Change The Playing Field

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 June, 2006 : - - The world's best bodyboarders will take a huge step out of their comfort zone on Friday 7 July 2006 when the inaugural Professional Bodyboarders Tennis Challenge takes place at Collaroy Tennis Club.

When the swell dies down, many of world's best bodyboarders hit the tennis courts for a hit in what has become a favorite pastime away from the waves. Capitalising on the popularity of the sport, the first Professional Bodyboarders Tennis Challenge doubles as a unique way of raising awareness for youth depression and suicide.

The announcement of the event has certainly struck a chord on the world tour with Ben Player (AUS) (World Champion, 2005), Mike Stewart (USA)(11x World Champ), Guitherme Tamega (Brazil) ( 5 x world champion), Jeff Hubbard (USA) and local boy Dave Winchester all definite starters at the tournament.

"It is a great opportunity for the elite riders to compete against their peers on a different sporting stage in aid of the prevention of youth depression and suicide," said Mick Parkhill, event organiser and owner of Bodyboarders Surf Co. "There has been a buzz around the bodyboarding community, we have had an unexpected amount of support from sponsors who are all keen to battle it out with their riders.”

In addition to the tournament, there will be a BBQ, music and a raffle with prizes valued over Dollars. The event will be a family-friendly occasion with the public able to get up close and personal with some of the world's best bodyboarders during the winter school holidays.

The event provides a great opportunity for a member of the public to take part in the tournament, with a wildcard position will be decided at 8:30am on day of competition. Anyone who wants to challenge the pros can try their hand in an effort to win a range of prizes, including skydives, top of the range tennis racquets, dinner vouchers and helicopter flights, will all proceeds going to charity.

The presentation will be held at Narrabeen Sands Hotel from 5:30pm followed by a signing session from the competitors.

Special Thanks to the sponsors, Bodyboarders Surf Co, ,  Manta, Head, Hydro, NMD, Movement Magazine, The Sands Hotel, Sky Dive Sydney.

What: Professional Bodyboarders Tennis Challenge – 'Changing the playing field'
When: 8:30am, Friday 7 July 2006
Where: Collaroy Tennis Center (next to Long Reef Golf Course)
Who: Professional Riders include Ben Player, Mitch Rawlins, Ryan Hardy, Jeff Hubbard, Mike Stewart, Sean Virtue, Toby Player, Chris James, Alex Bunting, John Showell and more

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