Thursday, April 25, 2013

GEOGRAPHY: Copacabana Shorebreak Session, Pt. 2

GEOGRAPHY:  Copacabana Shorebreak Session, Pt. 2

  Here are more photos from the 23 April 2013 Sao Jorge Day session at Copacabana Shorebreak, along with the link for O Globo newspaper's website...we made the sports news in Rio!

Flavio Brito enjoying the view!  Photo: Henrique Pinguim.

Eight photo barrel sequence shot by Henrique Pinguim:

After a four hour session at Shorebreak, Steve "Action" Jackson and Flavio Brito had scored plenty of fun barrels as well as a few new "Shorebreak tattoos."  Photo: Henrique Pinguim.

Our Sao Jorge Day session even made the sports page on O Globo's website!

Here's the link for the O Globo story:

  Gostaria de agradecer ao Flavio Brito convidando-me para fora Shorebreak para esta sessao incrivel, Felipe Watson e Henrique Pinguim pelas fotos incriveis, e o resto da tripulacao que etsava na agua de carregamento!  Foi uma dia otimo!

I would like to thank Flavio Brito for inviting me out to Shorebreak for this amazing session, to Felipe Watson and Henrique Pinguim for the incredible photos, and to the rest of the crew that was out in the water charging!  It was a great day!

  That's all for BODYBOARDING 101 today.  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

GEOGRAPHY: Copacabana Shorebreak Session

GEOGRAPHY: Copacabana Shorebreak Session

(23 APRIL 2013)

Steve "Action" Jackson at Copacabana Shorebreak.  GoPro Photo: Felipe Watson

  Don't let the name fool you.  Copacabana Shorebreak (in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) is anything but a shorebreak wave.  This short, fast right-hander breaks over an extremely sharp and shallow reef.  Even when the waves are small this spot packs a serious punch.  As swell lines roll in,  the water sucks up off of the reef, the wave stands up and it surges forward as a slabbing barrel.  According to the cariocas (locals) here in Copacabana, the wave was previously known as "Scorpion Express" but the locals started calling it "Copacabana Shorebreak" back in the 80's as sort of a deceptive misnomer so as to hide it's location.  It's quite understandable that people would want to conceal this wave.  With a very tight takeoff zone and a short length-of-ride, the line-up tends to get crowded if there are any more than six people in the water.  These days, though, Shorebreak isn't really much of a secret.

My friend Flavio's brand new "Shorebreak Tattoo"...ouch!  GoPro Photo: Felipe Watson
   As I sat at my computer first thing this morning, I got an IM from my friend, Flavio Brito.  "Paddling to Shorebreak around 9.  Let's go?"  That's all I needed to hear.  I was in.  We met up at Posto 5 at 9:30am, paddled out to Shorebreak around 10am, and pulled a four hour session.  The conditions were almost perfect...sunny skies, crystal clear water, glassy conditions, and some sick little barrels.  For most of our session, there were only a handful of us out in the water.  At one point, though, the line-up got jammed packed with about 15 people scrambling for waves.  Eventually, the crowd thinned out again and we were joined by photographer Henrique Pinguim.  It was a great session with a lot of really fun barrels, along with a fair share of "Shorebreak Tattoos"...the colorful nickname that the cariocas have for reef cuts from riding here.  I'm stoked on today's session!!!

  That's all for today from BODYBOARDING 101.  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION:  Amaury Lavernhe Wins NSW South Coast Crusade,  USBA Restructuring for 2013.


  NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA-  2010 World Champion Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) has won the NSW South Coast Crusade, event #2 on the 2013 GoPro IBA World Tour.  For more information on this event, please be sure to visit the following link:

Stay tune to and for all of the latest news and highlights from the world tour.


  OAHU, HAWAII-  The USBA (United States Bodyboading Association) National Championship Tour will be run under a new format and national structure for 2013.  In a press release posted on March 26th 2013 on the USBA Facebook page, Tour Director Jason Bitzer explains:

To the fans and athletes of the USBA National tour. Due to economic constraints and the lack of a Title sponsor for the year of 2013 the USBA tour will be reforming to create a sustainable national ranking system.

With the aid of regional organizers this is feasible. As of right now due to Super Storm Sandy and the rebuild in the northeast, the Jenks Pro is on Hiatus for 2013. In
Replacement , the FBA Association and its head organizer Kenny Lawrence are in the process of securing a central Florida rated USBA event with their team.

As of right now , the Sandy Beach Pro/Am will be the first rated event on the USBA National tour. The event will have a check in at Dave and Busters at the 5th of July and be run the 6th and 7th. Over the weekend.

At present time the local organizers in California have not committed to an event but we will keep the body boarding community posted as things develop. the USBA Hawaii regional tour will not be running for the 2013 season. A new tour under the management of the IBA Hawaii is looking to run events for the 2013 season for Pro athletes only and all riders are encouraged to look into this to stay competitive and progress in the wonderful sport of body boarding.

For now we would like to the thank everyone for their support of the USBA National tour. We would like to thank in no specific order Steve Jackson, Manny Vargas, Kainoa McGee, Todd Martin, Matt Catalano, Roberta Bitzer, David Kelly, Pat Caldwell, James Clancy, RJ Clayton and Conner Cameron (RIP) . We would also like to thank the Jenkinson’s Property in New Jersey and their staff for years of great events, The City and County of Honolulu, our long term partners SCION, Dave and Busters as well as many others along the years such as SCIENCE Bodyboards, Morey Bodyboards, 662 Mob and others for their industry support of the USBA Movement.

Most importantly however we would like to thank the athletes who support the tour from each part of the nation with a huge emphasis on the Hawaiian talent that always supported and traveled to every event they can. For every hard day of event running there is a new talented youth with a smile that make it worth the effort. We truly thank you the athletes and parents of our Amateur athletes for being apart of the USBA and what we had done over the last 8 years.

From here we hope to grow more regions and local organizers willing to create successful events in their region and keep the movement going on their home soil.


Jason Bitzer
Founder of the USBA National Tour

Stay tuned to and for all of the latest news and updates.

  That's it for this edition of CURRENT EVENTS.  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

PHYS. ED.: Bodyboarding with Diabetes

PHYS. ED.: Bodyboarding with Diabetes

Steve "Action" Jackson at Posto 5, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.  Photo: Oswaldo Luiz Sequeira

  In April 2012, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  In the several months leading up to that, I had a lot of things going on in my life...the death of one friend and the suicide of another friend, my mother-in-law being diagnosed with cancer, packing up my house in New Jersey, preparing to move to Brasil.  I had no idea I was diabetic.  The signs were there...needing to go to the bathroom constantly, always thirsty, tired all the time, sudden weight loss...but I just dismissed them as stress-related.  It wasn´t until I was rushed off to the hospital via ambulance at roughly 3am with severe abdominal pain and vomiting that I learned what was really wrong with me.  After being stabalized in the emergency room at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, my blood tests came back.  The doctors informed me that my BSL (Blood Sugar Levels) were near 600 (normal is around 100-120).  My body had gone into a state of diabetic shock and had been on the verge of slipping into a diabetic coma.  After spending 24 hours in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and three days in the hospital, I was released on April 37th birthday.


  Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism, or how the body uses food for growth and energy.  People with diabetes cannot properly convert their food to energy.  When we eat, an organ in our body called the pancreas produces insulin to change sugar (or glucose) from food to energy.  Diabetes is a condition in which the body either does not make insulin (Type 1 Diabetes) or does not make enough insulin to be used correctly (Type 2 Diabetes).  Diabetes is an ongoing condition that must be managed for life.  People with Type 1 Diabetes require daily insulin injections.  Many people with Type 2 Diabetes can manage their diabetes through proper diet, exercise, and oral medications.


  People with too much sugar in their blood may have symptoms including:

-Frequent urination
-Feeling thirsty all the time
-Feeling hungry
-Tired all the time
-Sudden weight loss
-Dry, itchy skin
-Numbness or tingling in hands and/or feet
-Sexual Dysfunction
-Blurry vision
-Poor healing


  The biggest contributors to the onset of diabetes are poor diet and lack of physical activity/ exercise.  Type 1 Diabetes is caused by autoimmune destruction of the pancreas.  Type 2 Diabetes can be caused by:

-Being over age 40
-High Blood Pressure
-Ethnicity (rates of Diabetes are higher in African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans)
-Gestational Diabetes (pregnancy)
-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
-Having a baby that weighs over nine pounds at birth


-Being overweight or obese
-Emotional and physical stress
-Stress of illness or injury
-Certain medications such as steroids


  If diabetes is not controlled well, high blood sugar can lead to:

-Damage of the heart, kidneys, nerves, and eyes
-Heart attack
-Visual problems
-Numbness in the feet and legs
-Sexual dysfunction


  In the year since being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I have been exremely vigilant about watching my health and being able to continue bodyboarding.  There are three things that I do to control my diabetes:

MONITORING/ MAINTENANCE:  I use a glucometer to check my BSL at least four times a day...before breakfast, before lunch, before dinner, and before I go to bed at night.  If my blood sugar is running high, I use insulin injections to bring the numbers back down.  I have two types of insulin that I use...a fast acting insulin that I take right before meals, and a time-release insulin that I take before I go to sleep at night.  I, also, check my BSL immediately before and immediately after any physical activity...bodyboarding, running, training session,etc.  Just in case my blood sugar drops too low during physical activity, I make sure to keep a snack readily available.  My preferred snack these days, Bio2 organic energy bars, I keep in my glucometer hardcase.  In an effort to maintain consistent BSL readings, I keep a journal in which I record all of my blood sugar readings as well as everything I eat and drink.  By doing this, I can keep track of the foods that effect my BSL negatively, and avoid those foods in the future.

DIET:  Adjusting my diet has played a huge part in being able to regulate my diabetes!  By limiting the amount of carbohydrates, especially eliminating many simple carbs (processed foods) and focusing on more natural complex carbohydrates, my BSL readings do not fluctuate like they used to.  Another major change I made was eliminating all soda consumption from my diet.  Along with that, I try to avoid refined sugars as well as artificial sweeteners...for a touch of sweet, I use honey and agave nectar.  My old dietary habits are largely resposible for the damage that has been done to my body.  My new, more intelligent dietary choices, along with a good vitamin and supplement routine, play an extremely large role in controlling my diabetes and keeping me as healthy as possible!

EXERCISE:  Maintaining a regular exercise schedule is extremely important!  Bodyboarding has always kept me in relatively decent physical condition...a fact that my doctors believe most likely helped keep me from dying when I went into diabetic shock.  Still, consistent physical activity outside of the water is key not only for keeping in good health but for staying in top physical conditioning for bodyboarding.  I am more regimented than ever with my workouts as a result!

Steve "Action" Jackson at P5. Photo: Renato Silveira
Through monitoring and maintenance, following a healthier diet, and exercising more routinely I have been able to continue living my bodyboarding lifestyle.  I control my diabetes.  My diabetes does not control me! This experience has been a learning process, but one that has provided many lessons that I feel wiser and more motivated than ever for having learned.  The most important lessons I have taken away from this experience are these...1)  Pay closer attention to the food you eat, and be more selective about what you put into your body...and 2) Exercise, exercise, exercise!  The best way to prevent diabetes is through intelligent dietary choices and regular exercise.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health and diabetes, please be sure to visit your healthcare practitioner.

NOTE:  Information taken from "A Guide to Diabetes Care" provided by Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

  Until the next time, I´m Steve "Action" Jackson.  I´ll see you in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

GEOGRAPHY: Emergency Travel Kit

GEOGRAPHY: Emergency Travel Kit

  Through my experiences, I´ve learned that when travelling on a surf trip or to a competition it´s a good idea to pack an emergency travel kit...some tools and supplies that might be helpful in an unexpected situation, as well as a first aid kit.  With each trip and competition, I have refined my travel kit...adding items and removing items to maximize the efficiency of the kit.  I, usually, stick them in my board bag and once I´ve reached my destination I place my travel kit in my backpack which I always have with me.  Over the years, my backpack/ emergency travel kit has earned the nickname of "The MacGyver Bag"...ever since I began travelling with it, it has come in handy on every single trip I have ever been on!

  First and foremost, is the FIRST AID KIT.  Making sure you have a standard first aid kit is always a good aids, gauze pads, medical tape, antiseptic, latex gloves, scissors, and tweezers.  Most kits also come with packets of ibuprofen and anti-diarrheal tablets, an ice pack, and a survival wrap (reflective foil blanket).  I always add several extra items to my first aid kit:

-a whistle...for signaling help.

-a small reflective mirror...for signaling rescue aircraft.

-safety pins

-dental floss...believe it or not, you can use dental floss and a safety pin to make a fishing line in an emergency.  Trust me, I´ve tried it and it works!

-bug spray

-SPF lip balm


-eye drops

-a bandana

  For my TOOL KIT, I like to use an insulated lunch/cooler bag.  I can put my tools in it, or I can empty it out and actually use it as a cooler bag.  Here is a list of items I generally have in my kit:

-two flat head and one phillips head

-a small monkey wrench

-allen standard set and one metric set

-a wratchet set

-a box cutter

-one pair of work gloves or mechanic´s gloves

-a waterproof match container with wooden matches and a strike pad

-a magnesium strike pad...helps with starting a campfire

-glow sticks

-an LED flashlight

-a compass


-swiss army knife

-multi-tool (pliers, wire cutters, saw blade, can opener, knife blade, etc. all-in-one)


-small bottle of Gorilla glue...this stuff will fix just about anything!

-duct know the old saying, "If you can´t fix it with duct tape, it can´t be fixed."

-zip ties...a necessity for hanging contest banners, but they are also pretty useful in random situations.

-biodegradeable plastic keep trash in or, in case it starts to rain, put your electronics in.

-a small hammer

-parang (a small machete)...for those adventurous treks through heavy brush and/or jungle terrain.

-a tube of wetsuit repair

-epoxy repair stick...a two-part, hand-kneadable epoxy mix that can be used and applied underwater.

-an extra set of fin strings

-extra leash strings

-2x extra bodyboard leash plugs

  One of the great things about keeping a travel kit with you, besides being prepared in an emergency situation, is that it is very easy to put together and customize for your destination.  Hopefully, I´ve been able to give you a few useful ideas for the next time you head off in search of waves.  Good luck and safe travels!  Until the next time, I´m Steve "Action" Jackson.  I´ll see you in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013



  Whether you´re attempting to prolong the life of your favorite old wetsuit or need an emergency repair while traveling,  it´s always a good idea to keep a tube of urethane wetsuit repair adhesive handy.  Here´s a quick and easy "How To" on fixing small rips and punctures on your wetsuit.


- a tube of urethane wetsuit repair adhesive/sealant

- a roll of masking tape

- a popsicle stick

- a wet cloth


1.  First, make sure that your wetsuit has dried thoroughly and that the surface of your suit is clean.

2.  Turn your wetsuit inside out.  Use the masking tape to cover and seal the backside of the rip/puncture in your wetsuit.

3.  Turn your wetsuit rightside out, and lay the suit out as flat as possible.

4.  Fill the rip/puncture with urethane wetsuit repair adhesive.  If necessary, you can use the popsicle stick to spread the adhesive and the wet cloth to wipe away any excess or drippings.

5.  Let the adhesive dry for 8-12 hours.

  After that, your wetsuit should be ready to go!


-  With the urethane wetsuit repair adhesive and sealant, always be sure to read the instructions label on the wetsuit repair packaging for all recommendations on usage, storage, and product warnings before using the product.

-  For larger repairs, be sure to contact your wetsuit´s manufacturer before attempting to repair the suit yourself.  Most wetsuit companies warranty their suits against rips along the seams and any type of manufacturer defect.  In many instances, the company will repair or replace the wetsuit for you, but the warranties are usually voided by any repairs made by anyone other than the wetsuit manufacturers themselves.

-  There are quite a few different brands of wetsuit repair available on the market which you can find at any decent bodyboarding, diving, or surf shop.  The product pictured above, AquaSeal, has been my brand of choice for many years and I always keep a tube with me in my bodyboarding supplies.  If you can´t find it at one of your local shops, you can purchase online at:

  That will do it for this edition of APPLIED SCIENCES from BODYBOARDING 101.  Until the next time, I´m Steve "Action" Jackson.  I´ll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION: Dubb Wins in Peru, Jeff Hubbard Day, Florantin Signs with ID, Vargas Goes Full-Time with Creed SUP, 2013 IBA Annaelle Challenge Specialty Event Confirmed, Australian GSS event confirmed.


  PERU-  5x DK World Champion Dave Hubbard has won the 2013 IBA Peruvian Inka Challenge.  With this win, Dave was awarded 2200 points which moves him into the #1 ranking, currently, on the 2012 IBA DKWT.  Here are the highlights from Peru:

For more information on this story, all of the latest news, updates, rankings and more be sure to visit:


  KAUAI, HAWAII-  3x World Champion Jeff Hubbard was honored for his accomplishments on his home island of Kauai.  Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. proclaimed April 2nd 2013 to be Jeff Hubbard Day.  In a small ceremony which included the mayor, Jeff, and the Hubbard family Jeff received a framed proclamation from the mayor and the county of Kauai.


  REUNION ISLAND, FRANCE-  2012 IBA Rookie of the Year Yoan Florantin has signed with ID Bodyboards.  The new sponsorship deal was announced over the weekend (Sautrday, 6 April) on the ID Boards Facebook page and confirmed on Yoan´s Facebook page as well.


  SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA-  In an official announcement on his blog, Manny V in the Water,  Manny Vargas announced that he has taken a full-time job with Creed SUP.  For all of the details regarding this story, be sure to visit Manny´s blog:

Also, be sure to visit this link for RIPTIDE magazine´s coverage of the story:


  ANNAELLE, FRANCE-  In an official announcement from the IBA, made in a video release (seen above) by 2010 World Champion Amaury Lavernhe and 2011 Miss France Laury Thilleman, the 2013 Annaelle Challenge has been confirmed as an IBA specialty event.  This invitation-only competition will feature 20 riders and a waiting period running from August 15th to November 26th, 2013.  Be sure to stay tuned to the following links for all of the latest news and updates regarding Annaelle:


  NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA-  The IBA has officially confirmed event #2 on the 2013 IBA GoPro Bodyboarding World Tour Grand Slam Series.  The NSW South Coast Mobile Challenge looks to run in the Kiama region with a waiting period of April 18th through May 1st.  For the official press release, please visit the following link:

  Well, that´s everything for this edition of CURRENT EVENTS.  Until the next time, I´m Steve "Action" Jackson.  I´ll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013



New Jersey.  Photo: Chris Zeh.

  After a month-long break, BODYBOARDING 101 returns with all new blogs for the "Spring Semenster."  Here are the links for all of the spring blogs:


Tuesday, 9 April- CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

Wednesday, 10 April- APPLIED SCIENCES: Wetsuit Repair

Thursday, 11 April- GEOGRAPHY: Emergency Travel Kit

Friday, 12 April- PHYS. ED.: Bodyboarding with Diabetes

Monday, 22 April- CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

Tuesday, 23 April- GEOGRAPHY: Copacabana Shorebreak Session

Thursday, 25 April- GEOGRAPHY: Copacabana Shorebreak session, Pt. 2


Tuesday, 7 May- A DAY IN THE LIFE: New Jersey Travel Blog, Pt. I: In-Flight status

Thursday, 9 May- A DAY IN THE LIFE: New Jersey Travel Blog, Pt. II: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Friday, 10 May- A DAY IN THE LIFE: New Jersey Travel Blog, Pt. III: A Place Called Home

Wednesday, 15 May- BIO/PROFILE: Who is Steve "Action" Jackson?

  That's everything for the BODYBOARDING 101 spring semester.  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!