Thursday, October 10, 2013

BEHIND THE SCENES: Rio Bodyboarding International 2013

BEHIND THE SCENES: Rio Bodyboarding International 2013

Posto 5
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 3rd-8th, 2013

Men's Global Qualifier Series- $40,000 USD & 2000 points
Women's Grand Slam Series- $20,000 USD & 2000 points

2013 IBA World Tour event

  Construction of the event set-up for Rio Bodyboarding International 2013 began a week in advance of the actual competition.  Work crews were on the beach nearly around the clock, beginning in the early morning and going into the late night hours.  On several occasions, I joined Event Organizer Flavio Brito on the beach in the late evening to help oversee construction of the competition site.  For the week leading up to RBI 2013, along with the week of competition itself, I don't think Flavio got much sleep.  When it comes to organizing and running a professional competition, there is never an end to the work that needs to be done...always directions to be given, questions to be answered, problems to be solved, and there are ALWAYS unforeseen circumstances that need to be handled!  The end result, though, was worth the countless hours and sleepless nights.  The event structure for RBI 2013 was one of the most professional layouts in the sport of bodyboarding!
26 August 2013: Event Organizer Flavio Brito discussing site layout on the first day of construction.
31 August 2013: Almost ready to go...three days before the start of the event!
Ready to welcome an international field of competitors to Rio Bodyboarding International 2013...YEEEWWW!!!
Photo: Flavio Brito
BODYBOARDING 101: Everything You Need to Know About Rio Bodyboarding International 2013

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2 September 2013: Check-in day...the flag for each of the 19 countries represented at RBI 2013 were flying proudly in front of the event structure.
The most professional broadcast team I've ever had the pleasure of working with...Beach Reporter Isabella Feijo and bodyboarding legend Jay Reale as my co-host!  Working with Bella and Jay was an honor and a privilege!

Moroccan bodyboarders Reda Benhima, Anas Haddar, and Adnane Benslimane came straight to rider check-in from Galeao Airport after flying in from the Sintra Portugal Pro!
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3 Septmenber 2013: Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands) and Emma Cobb (Australia).
Babby Quinones (Puerto Rico) with Posto 5 locals "Mudinho" (one of the first ever deaf bodyboarders to compete in a major international event) and Hermano Castro.
This was the office for Jay Real and me during RBI 2013.  We jokingly referred to the webcast booth as "The Batcave" and a "Glorified Broom Closet" because of the small space and no windows...but it was perfect for the job at hand!
Jay Reale and Steve "Action" Jackson ready to go live for day one of competition!
Jay Reale and 6x World Champion Guilherme Tamega at GT's birthday party.
Parabens, Campeao...Happy Birthday, Champion!
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4 September 2013: Legendary Brazilian beach marshal Vina Lisboa and commentator Steve "Action" Jackson.
Photo: Flavio Brito
Brazilians Lucas Noguiera and Nicholas Bastos.
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5 September 2013: Webcast transmission control room.
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6 September 2013: IBA Head Judge Chico Garritano (Brazil) and IBA Technical Director Alex Leon (Australia) contemplating the event schedule for day four of competition. 
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7 September 2013: Some of the RBI 2013 event staff got together for a quick photo before getting to work for the day. Photo: Danilo Caboclo
Brasileiras...a bunch of the women's competitors from Brazil got together for this pic in the competitor's area...Nicole Calheiros, Paula Simao, Claudia Ferrari, Maylla Venturin, Juliana Freitas, and Patricia Setubal.
RBI Beach Reporter Isabella Feijo interviewing 2x Women's World Champion Isabela Sousa.
I snuck out of the webcast booth really quick to snap this pic of Brazilian Helliton Loureiro celebrating his win in the Men's GQS portion of RBI 2013! On the stage with him are (from right to left) 2nd Place Isreal Eduardo (Brazil) and in =3rd Brahim Iddouch (Morocco) and Diego Roberto (Brazil).  Congratulations to all of you...amazing performances!
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8 September 2013: 5x Women's World Champion Neymara Carvalho making use of the massage therapists on staff at RBI 2013 before one of her heats on the final day of competition!
Brazilian Jessica Becker celebrates her win after a dominant performance at RBI 2013! Photo:RBI
Jay Reale and Steve "Action" Jackson signing off..."That's all for this year.  We're outta here...YEEEWWW!!!"
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  For most of the competitors and event staff of Rio Bodyboarding International, the day after the conclusion of competition is a day to unwind and relax.  Many of the local Brazilians will show the international competitors around the area, taking them to such famous tourist destinations as Pao do Acucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) to ride the world famous cable cars or up to Corcovado Mountain to see Christ the Redeemer.  I may not be a "Carioca" (local), but for the first two years of RBI I have played tour guide..and I love it!  Last year I had the privilege of taking then-IBA Tour Manager Terry "Teza" McKenna (Australia) up to Corcovado.  This year, I brought Emma Cobb (Australia) to Corcovado to meet up with several others...local Hermano Castro, Moroccans Reda Benhima and Anas Haddar, and Canary Islander Alexandra Rinder.  I'm looking forward to seeing who I end up cruising up to Christ the Redeemer with next year!
9 September 2013: Visiting Christ the Redeemer with Anas Haddar (Morocco), Hermano Castro (Brasil), Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands), Reda Benhima (Morocco), and Emma Cobb (Australia).

Cruising up to Corcovado Mountain to see Christ the Redeemer after the comp is becoming an annual tradition!
Photo: Emma Cobb
Obrigado, Rio. Ate 2014...Thank you, Rio.  See you in 2014.
For more information and plenty of photos be sure to visit:

RBI on Facebook

I would like to thank everybody who helped make the success of this event possible:
  Event Organizer Flavio Brito, the government of Rio de Janeiro, the Secretary of Sports and Leisure, IBA, CBRASB, FEBBRJ, Chico Garritano and all of the judges, the RBI Security team, Danilo Caboclo and everybody in the Press Room, Natalia Jalecky, Beach Reporter Isabella Feijo, Jonathan Cardoso, my great commentary co-host Jay Reale, Beach Marshals Vina Lisboa and Sandro Barros, the SurfCore production team, all of the bodyboarding fans watching on the beach and tuned in to the live webcast from around the world, and...most importantly...all of the competitors who always put forth an amazing athletic performance out in the water!  Thank you to all of you for being such incredible ambassadors for the sport of bodyboarding!!!

Eu gostaria de agradecer a todos que ajudaram a viabilizer o sucesso deste evento:
  organizador de evento Flavio Brito, o Governo do Rio de Janeiro, o Secretario de Esportes e Lazer, IBA, CBRASB, FEBBRJ, Chico Garritano e todos os juizes, a equipe de seguranca de RBI, Danilo Caboclo e todos na sala de imprensa, Natalia Jalecky, reporter na praia Isabella Feijo, minha co-apresentadora grande comentario Jay Reale, equipe de producao do SurfCore,todoas o bodyboard fas assistindo na praia e santonizado paro o webcast ao vivo de todo o mundo, e...mais importante...todos os competidores que sempre estendeu um incrivel desempenho atletico fora na agua!  Obrigado a todos voces por serem tao incriveis embaixadores para o esporte de bodyboard!!!

  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you at Rio Bodyboarding International 2014!  YEEEWWW!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION: Bodyboard Pro Festival in Venezuela Begins. Manny Vargas Returns for 2013 Encanto Pro Puerto Rico, Jared Houston & Natasha Sagardia Engaged and Expecting Baby!


  ISLA MARGARITA, VENEZUELA-  Bodyboarders from around the world have gathered for the 9th running of Bodyboard Pro Festival, a Men's GQS and Women's GSS event as well as a DK world tour competition.  This year will also feature a Women's DK division.  BPF 2013 runs October 7th-12th at Playa Parquito on Isla Margarita.  Be sure to follow the event on Instagram and Twitter @ bodyboardpf.

For all of the latest news and updates, stay tuned to:
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  ISABELA, PUERTO RICO-  Former IBA World Tour commentary host Manny Vargas has been 100% confirmed to return to the webcast booth for the 2013 Encanto Pro Puerto Rico.  Stay tuned for more information, and be sure to tune in for live webcast coverage of this year's event!  The 2013 Encanto Pro Puerto Rico will be run at Jobos, October 23rd-27th.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram @ ewspr and Twitter @ encantopro.

For all of the latest news and updates, stay tuned to:
Encanto World Series on Facebook


  Professional bodyboarders Jared Houston (South Africa) and Natasha Sagardia (Puerto Rico) have announced that they are now engaged and expecting their first baby together!  Congratulations, Jerry and Natasha!  I would like to wish you and your family many years of good health and great happiness!

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

CURRENT EVENTS: September News Recap

CURRENT EVENTS: September News Recap

IN THIS EDITION: Fronton Confirmed!, Amaury Lavernhe Becomes a Dad, Rio Bodyboarding International Final Results, Sintra Portugal Pro Final Results

South Africa's Mark McCarthy at the 2012 Fronton Pro...super heavy! Photo: IBA
  CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN-  The season finale for the 2013 GoPro IBA Men's Grand Slam Series world tour at Fronton has been confirmed!  The 2013 Fronton Challenge will run November 28th through December 8th, and will crown the 2013 IBA Men's World Champion.  Check out the final day highlights from last year's epic event:
For all of the latest news, updates, live webcast coverage, and video highlights be sure to visit:

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Oliver Tahod Lavernhe Arguello.
  On September 16th, 2010 IBA World Champion Amaury Lavernhe (from Reunion Island, France) posted this photo to his Facebook page, announcing the birth of his son Oliver Tahod Lavernhe Arguello.  Congratulations to Amaury and his family!  Je voudrais souhaiter a vous et votre famille pluseirs anees de bonne sante et beaucoup de bonhour!


  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-  Congratulations to Brazilians Helliton Loureiro and Jessica Becker for their impressive wins at Rio Bodyboarding International 2013.  Check out the final day of Men's GQS competition:

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For More Information, Press Releases, Photos, and Video Highlights:
RioBodyboarding on Facebook


  SINTRA, PORTUGAL-  Congratulations to event winners Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) in the Men's GQS, Isabela Sousa (Brazil) in the Women's GSS, and Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) in the DK.  Check out the highlights:

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  Well, there are the news highlights for September.  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

FALL SEMESTER: October-November 2013

FALL SEMESTER: October-November 2013

A rainy, grey day at P5 in Copacabana.  GoPro Photo: Diego Roberto
  Welcome to the 2013 "Fall Semester" of BODYBOARDING 101!  Here are the links for October through November...


Tuesday, 8 October- CURRENT EVENTS: September News Recap

Wednesday, 9 October- CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

Thursday, 10 October- BEHIND THE SCENES: Rio Bodyboarding International 2013


Monday, 11 November- CURRENT EVENTS: October News Recap

Monday, 11 November- BREAKING NEWS: Managers Resign from IBA Pty Ltd

Tuesday, 12 November- CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

 Wednesday, 13 November- CURRENT EVENTS: 2013 ISA World Bodyboard Championship

Thursday, 14 November- BEHIND THE SCENES: Circuito Carioca Event #2: Posto 5

Monday, 25 November- EDITORIAL: Bodyboarding World Awaits Word From IBA Pty Ltd

Friday, 29 November- UPDATED BLOGS
HISTORY: Bodyboarding World Champions

HISTORY: Women's World Champions & Pipeline Champions

HISTORY: Bodyboarders with Multiple World Titles


  So, there you have it!  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!