Wednesday, December 5, 2012

HISTORY: Bodyboarders with Multiple World Titles

HISTORY:  Bodyboarders with Multiple World Titles

From Left to Right: 6x World Champion Guilherme Tamega (Brasil), 3x World Champion Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii), and 9x World Champion Mike Stewart (Hawaii). Buzios, Brasil 2010. Photo: Bodyboarding 101

  Many professional bodyboarders go the length of their entire careers without being able to capture a world championship title.  For a small number of truly talented and fortunate bodyboarders, winning a world title is the accomplishment of a lifetime.  Even smaller still is the number of bodyboarders that have been able to procure multiple world titles.  In the process of doing so, they have guaranteed their place in our sport's history.  Here is the list of bodyboarders with multiple world championships.


Mike Stewart at Pipeline. Photo: Bodyboard Museum

MIKE STEWART (Hawaii) - 9x Men's World Champion:
1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 APB*

(*Transition from APB...Association of Professional Bodyboarders...to GOB...Global Organization of Bodyboarders...as the governing organization for bodyboarding)


8x DK World Champion Dave Hubbard. Photo: APB

DAVE HUBBARD (Hawaii)- 8x Drop Knee World Champion:
2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016


Guilherme Tâmega's Death Roll during the legendary 1994 Pipeline contest. Photo: Neal Miyake.

GUILHERME TÂMEGA (Brasil) - 6x Men's World Champion:
1994 GOB*, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002

(*Transition from APB...Association of Professional Bodyboarders...to GOB...Global Organization of Bodyboarders...as the governing organization for bodyboarding)


5x Women's World Champion Neymara Carvalho (center) with 1995 Women's World Champion Claudia Ferrari (left) and 1999 Women's World Champion Karla Costa (right) at Rio Bodyboarding International 2012. Photo: Bodyboarding 101

NEYMARA CARVALHO (Brasil) - 5x Women's World Champion:
2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009


4x Women's World Champion Stephanie Pettersen charging in Tahiti. Photo: Tim Jones.

STEPHANIE PETTERSEN (Brasil) - 4x Women's World Champion:
1990, 1993, 1994, 2002


Photo: Teza McKenna

ISABELA SOUSA (Brasil) - 4x Women's World Champion:
2010, 2012, 2013, 2016


3x Men's World Champion Ben Player celebrating his win at the 2013 Pipe Challenge. Photo: IBA.

BEN PLAYER (Australia) - 3x Men's World Champion:
2005, 2007, 2013


Jeff Hubbard celebrating his 3rd world title at Fronton in 2012. Photo: IBA.

JEFF HUBBARD (Hawaii) - 3x Men's World Champion:
2006, 2009, 2012


Damian King clinched the DK world title at the 2011 Encanto Pro Puerto Rico, making King the only bodyboarder to win both the Men's world title as well as the Drop Knee world title. Photo: Bodyboarding 101.

*DAMIAN KING (Australia) - 3x World Champion:
2003, 2004 Men's World Champion. 2011 Drop Knee World Champion.


3x Women's World Champion Mariana Nogueira in Hawaii. Photo: Chris Stroh.

MARIANA NOGUEIRA (Brasil) - 3x Women's World Champion:
1992, 1995, 1998


Wave Rebel Bodyboards ad for 2x World Champion Andre Botha. Andre is the youngest Men's World Champion in bodyboarding history, winning his first title at age 17.

ANDRE BOTHA (South Africa) - 2x Men's World Champion:
1998, 1999.


Amaury Lavernhe's victory at the 2014 Arica Chilean Challenge helped propel him to his 2nd world title. Photo: APB.

AMAURY LAVERNHE (Reunion Island) - 2x Men's World Champion:
2010, 2014




PIERRE LOUIS COSTES (France) - 2x Men's World Champion:
2011, 2016


2x Women's World Champion Soraia Rocha at Rio Bodyboarding International 2012. Photo: Pedro Monteiro.

SORAIA ROCHA (Brasil) - 2x Women's World Champion:
2000, 2001


2x Women's World Champion Daniela Freitas.

DANIELA FREITAS (Brasil) - 2x Women's World Champion:
1996, 1997


Alexandra is the youngest world champion in bodyboarding history, winning her first world title at the age of 16.

*ALEXANDRA RINDER (Canary Islands) - 2x Women's World Champion:
2014, 2015



SOCRATES SANTANA (Brasil) - 2x Pro Junior World Champion:
2015, 2016



NOTE: All statistics were compiled from the contributions of Claudia Ferrari, Daniela Freitas Ronquilio, Karla Costa, as well as Craig Hadden of the APB.  A big thanks to all of them for their assistance!

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