Thursday, January 18, 2018

Happy National Michigan Day!

Today Celebrates "The Great Lake State!"

Hawaiian Keenan Kamalani Kamae is a Lake Michigan bodyboarder! Photo: Will Wall

  Most people don't know this, but the state of Michigan which is surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes (Lake Erie, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior) has more shoreline than any other state on the US Mainland. Out of all 50 states, only Alaska has more coastline.

Here are a few more interesting facts about the state of Michigan:

- Lake Michigan seperates the upper and lower peninsulas of the 26th state, making Michigan unlike any other. To travel from one peninsula to the other, ferries were used to carry people back and forth. In 1957, the Mackinac Bridge (affectionately known as "Big Mac") was constructed, connecting the two peninsulas and making the journey safer and more convenient. At 26,372 feet long, the Mackinac Bridge is the 3rd longest suspension bridge in the world.

- The state of Michigan has more registered boats and lighthouses than any other state.

- Michigan was first explored by the French. It became a US territory in 1783. Michigan was granted statehood on January 26th, 1837.

Keenan Kamalani Kamae looking a little frosty after another Great Lakes Session.


BODYBOARDING 101: I've heard that the buoyancy of fresh water is different from that of salt water. What's that like?

KEENAN: Absolutely true. We lose 11% buoyancy right away, very noticeable difference when I'm back home floating in the ocean.

BODYBOARDING 101: Do you use bigger/ thicker boards to compensate for the reduced bouyancy?

KEENAN: Yes, most surfers will ride bigger, wider, thicker surfboards with more volume to compensate for loss of buoyancy.

Keenan and his Triad Cornerstone board.

BODYBOARDING 101: I was curious, how did you get a board from Triad Bodyboards to use on The Great Lakes?

KEENAN: Todd (Martin, aka Beeg Todd) hooked me up with this Triad Cornerstone, which he said is better for cold water. Plenty aloha, that Beeg Todd!

Keenan and Beeg Todd cruisin' Great Lakes zones.

BODYBOARDING 101: Thanks, Keenan!

KEENAN: Mahalo, Steve! The stoke is alive and well here on Lake Michigan!

#LakeMichiganBodyboarder #FrozenHawaiian #IceBeard
#GreatLakesBodyboarder #LakeSurfAloha #LakeSurfOhana

Keenan climbing a wall of ice to get back to his car after a session on The Great Lakes.

For More Information, please be sure to visit:

National Day Calendar

NetState: Michigan

Michigan's Great Lakes

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pat Caldwell Injury Update

Bodyboarding Pioneer Pat Caldwell Recovering from Injuries

Pat Caldwell at Sandy Beach. Photo: Conrad Morgan

  It's been less than two weeks since bodyboarding legend, and creator of the el rollo, Pat Caldwell was injured at Sandy Beach. While helping Conrad Morgan with a high school water photography project, Pat suffered a bad wipeout.  As he described it in a Surfer Today article, Pat said, "The lip landed on open, dry sand. Detonation sent me flying and landing on my back shoulder area violently. I felt a couple of cracks and instantly couldn't breathe." The lifeguards assisted Pat by providing oxygen on the beach until paramedics arrived. It was determined by doctors that the 55 year old bodyboarding icon had suffered a fractured right collarbone, three broken ribs, and pulled muscles.  Fortunately, Pat will not require surgery, and is expected to make a full recovery.

  In a conversation with JJ Caldwell, Pat's wife, she provided an update on his condition and progress. "He's working on his recovery every day. Today (January 16th) was the longest he was able to walk. Plus, he's doing a little physical therapy each day. Just need to get more calories in him as he's lost some weight.  JJ then revealed a somewhat surprising revelation about Pat's future. "He's definitely going to retire from Sandy Beach shorebreak. It's jus too risky." Explaining that her husband has been riding waves at Sandy's since 1971, she remarked, "It's definitely been a hell of a ride for him at his home break. I don't know anybody his age that was still charging it. Not bad for a 55 year old." As for Pat's recovery timeline and getting back out in the water, "He probably won't get back out until mid-March. He still has to do physical therapy through the hospital and start swimming when he gets permission from the doctor."

Speedy recovery, Pat, and thank you for taking the time to give the update, JJ. Best wishes to both of you!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

'AIR' Bodyboard Film is Out Now!

'AIR' is a bodyboard film presented by Found Boards

Starring: Mitch Rawlins

Filmed by: Todd Barnes

Appx. Running Time: 28 minutes

Release Date: January 16th, 2018

Filmed on location in: Australia, Indonesia, and the Canary Islands

Original Soundtrack by: The Super Trip

'AIR' is available now on iTunes and other downloadable platforms worldwide!

Watch the 'AIR' Trailer

Purchase a digital copy of 'AIR' from iTunes

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Found Boards official website

Found Boards on Facebook

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Hat Day!

Today is National Hat Day in the US!

Every day is "Hat Day" for me! Sporting an APB Tour cap in the commentary booth during the 2015 APB Arica Chilean Challenge. Photo: Josh Tabone/ APB Media

Happy National Hat Day! Here are some fun facts about my favorite apparel/ clothing accessory, the hat...

According to the National Day Calendar website:

- Millinery is the designing and manufacturing of hats.

- The term "Milliner" is derived from the city of Milan, Italy where the highest quality hats were fabricated in the 18th century.

- hats have been designed and are worn for many purposes: safety and protection, religious and ceremonial reasons, warmth in cold weather, covering your head and face from the sun in hot climates, and for fashion.

- In the Middle Ages, hats were an Indicator of social status.

- In the military, hats may denote one's nationality, branch of service, rank and/or regiment.

  For me, the hats I normally wear are to represent my favorite sports teams, bodyboard sponsors and/or companies I support, as well as for bodyboard/surfing events that I am working or have worked...usually part of a work kit/ "uniform."  During winter in New Jersey, and other cold climates I might find myself in, you'll see me wearing beanies of a similar kind. So, with that said, what hat are you wearing today?

For more information about National Hat Day, please be sure to visit:

To purchase an official APB world tour cap, or other world tour apparel, please visit:

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Thank You for Another Year

Thank You for Another Year

The Escola Guilherme Tâmega social project on the beach at Posto 5 (Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), September 2017. Working as a commentator for pro bodyboarding and pro surfing, blogging on Bodyboarding 101, and working for Canal Woohoo in Rio were all highlights for me in 2017, but my most enjoyable and rewarding work was being an instructor with the EGT bodyboard school!

At the start of this year, I had two objectives for BODYBOARDING 101:

1) Reach 200 blogs posted.

2) Surpass 200,000 page views.

Well, as of this post, I have managed to work my way from 187 blogs to 248.  That was due, largely to September's "30 Blogs in 30 Days" and all of your positive feedback.  So, Goal #1, done.

As for Goal #2, I was hoping to reach 200,000 page views by the end of this year. This was going to be the more difficult task because I really have no control over who or how many people are reading the BODYBOARDING 101 blogs I post up.  Well, mission accomplished...and then some! Yesterday I received a very nice Christmas gift courtesy of all of you. This blog broke 225,000 page views!!! THANK YOU, ALL OF YOU, FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!

BODYBOARDING 101 will resume with new blogs on Monday, January 15th, 2018 (Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday). Until then, I hope you all have a Happy New Year and wish you all a healthy, prosperous, adventurous, wave-filled 2018!  See you in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

CBRASB Crowns Brazilian Champions for 2017

2017 CBRASB Troféu Brasil de Bodyboarding

Location: Praia do Estaleirinho, Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Date: November 23rd-26th, 2017

  CBRASB (Confederação Brasileira de Bodyboarding) crowned its 2017 Brazilian National Champions on Saturday, November 25th.  Here are the results.


1st- Luan Tavares (RJ)
2nd- Vinicius Bueno (ES)
3rd- Igor Almeida (RJ)
4th- Felipe Custódio (PR)



1st- Isa Nunes (PR)
2nd- Naiara Stringhini (RS)
3rd- Cristiane Bianco (SC)
4th- Marina Sobral (SC)



1st- Luan Tavares (RJ)
2nd- Leandro Gonçalves (PR)
3rd- Igor Almeida (RJ)
4th- Jailton de Camargo (PR)



1st- Leonardo Moreira (ES)
2nd- Douglas Junior (SC)
3rd- Ronaldo Figueiredo (SC)
4th- Marco Marciel (SC)



1st- Maylla Venturin (ES)
2nd- Guta Borges (PR)



1st- Lucas Rodrigues (ES)
2nd- Marcos Boeno (PR)


For more information, please be sure to visit:

CBRASB on Facebook

CBRASB YouTube Channel

CBRASB Official Website

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Isabela Sousa Relocating to Portugal

Isabela Sousa Relocating to Portugal

4x Women's World Champion Isabela Sousa. Photo: Lima Jr.

4x Women's World Champion Isabela Sousa has announced plans to move from her home in Ceará (Northeastern Brazil) to Carcavelos (near Lisbon, Portugal), where she plans to live for at least the next year.  Boa sorte e boa viagem, Bela!

For more information, please be sure to click the link below:

Surfer Today Press Release