Monday, March 31, 2014

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION:  APB Releases 2014 Men's World Tour Schedule, ABA Announces 2014 Australian National Tour Locations,  CBRASB Confirms First Event of 2014 Brazilian National Tour, FEBBRJ: No Rio Bodyboarding International or Circuito Carioca for 2014, Lilly Pollard Injury Update, GT Boards Launches New Website for 2014 Line!


APB RELEASES 2014 MEN'S WORLD TOUR SCHEDULE

  AUSTRALIA-  Following the running of the 2014 Pipe Challenge (Feb. 18th-28th, Oahu, Hawaii), the APB (Association of Professional Bodyboarders) has released the remainder of the 2014 Men's World Tour schedule:

July 23rd- August 3rd:  Itacoatiara Pro (Brasil)
August 12th-17th:  Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival (Chile)
August 19th-24th:  Arica Chilean Challenge
August 26th-31st:  Zicatela Pro (Mexico)
September 22nd-28th:  Sintra Portugal Pro
October 24th-31st:  Bodyboard Pro Festival (Venezuela)
November 5th-9th:  Encanto Pro (Puerto Rico)
Novenmber 18th-22nd:  Panama Pro
November 27th- December 8th:  Fronton Challenge (Canary Islands)

For more information and updates, please be sure to visit:
APB on Facebook


ABA ANNOUNCES 2014 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TOUR LOCATIONS

  AUSTRALIA-  The ABA (Australian Bodyboarding Association) has announced its tour locations for their 2014 tour:

Duranbah Pro: April 11th-13th
Knights Beach Pro: May 10th-11th
Mandurah Wedge Pro: May 31st- June1st
Mystics South Coast Pro: TBC

ABA Tour 2014 trailer

For more information, please be sure to visit:
www.abatour.com.au

ABA Tour on Facebook


CBRASB CONFIRMS FIRST EVENT OF 2014 BRAZILIAN NATIONAL TOUR

  BRAZIL-  CBRASB (Confederation of Brazilian Bodyboarders) has confirmed the first event of the 2014 Brazilian National Tour.  Event #1 will be held in Rio das Ostras on May 23rd-25th with a total prize purse of R$40,000.

For more information and updates, please be sure to visit:
www.cbrasb.com.br

CBRASB on Facebook


FEBBRJ: NO RIO BODYBOARDING INT. OR CIRCUITO CARIOCA FOR 2014

  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-  The FEBBRJ (Federation of Bodyboarding in Rio de Janeiro) has officially confirmed that Rio Bodyboarding International, which has served as a Men's Global Qualifying Series and Women's World Tour event for the past two years, will not run in 2014.  The FEBBRJ has, also, announced that there are currently no plans to run the Circuito Carioca (Rio local city tour) due to a lack of reliable sponsor support.

For more information and updates, please be sure to visit:
FEBBRJ on Facebook

Rio Bodyboarding International on Facebook

Circuito Carioca de Bodyboard on Facebook


LILLY POLLARD INJURY UPDATE

  NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA-  On March 29th, 5x Australasian pro tour Champion and 2014 Pipeline Women's Champion Lilly Pollard posted the following update to her Facebook Athlete Page:

"Hey everyone!  Just wanted to send out a super massive thanks for all the kind words of support from everyone.  For those who don't know the story...Recently, on Tuesday, 25th March 2014, I went for a surf at Mystics.  The conditions were a bit rough and dirty, and it was only around 3ft. but super low tide.  On that fateful wave I simply took off on a closeout barrel which decided to toss me head first into the sandbar.  Thankfully I wasn't surfing alone this day, and I had some wonderful friends with me who carefully carried me to shore.  I spent four days in hospital and am currently sitting at home resting up, counting my lucky stars, and waiting for my bones to heal.  I have sustained a series of fractures all down my neck and back, most significantly in my C5, and T1 to T4.  I feel so incredibly lucky that I wasn't knocked out when it happened and that my spinal cord has not been damaged.  The specialist believes it could take three months for my neck to heal, but I know everybody is different and that if I do things right, I can be back in the water sooner.  I have accepted my fate, but of course I'm going to be working hard to get better as soon as possible.  Special thanks to Russ, Adam, and Detland on the beach, the fire and ambulance crews, Karla from the rescue helicopter, Angela from Emergency and all the nurses who helped keep me comfortable in hospital, and of course Summah for taking great care of me.  I can't wait to get back in the water again!"

  Here's wishing you the best, Lilly!  Rest up, heal up, and hope to see you back in the water charging again soon!

For more information and updates, please be sure to visit:
Lilly Pollard Athlete Page on Facebook


GT BOARDS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FOR 2014 LINE

  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-  GT Boards, the new bodyboard company run by 6x World Champion Guilherme Tamega, has launch its new website.  GT Boards are currently available in Brazil, but will be available in the United States soon.
The legendary color scheme returns!  The Flash Limited series from GT Boards.
Keep your eyes out for the upcoming release of the GT Flash limited series, which throws back to the color scheme made famous by Tamega back in the early 90's but features today's best cutting edge materials.  GT will, also, have a new line of swim fins, leashes, and accessories available later this year.

For more information and updates, please be sure to visit:
www.gtboards.com.br

GT Boards on Facebook


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

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION:  Lilly Pollard Suffers Broken Neck and Back at Mystics Beach, Alex Uranga Wins Sumol Nazare Special Edition, Guilherme Tamega Returns Home to Promote GT Boards, Jeff Hubbard Joins ASM/ USANA Health Sciences, Itacoatiara Pro to Return for 2014!

LILLY POLLARD SUFFERS BROKEN NECK AND BACK AT MYSTICS BEACH
Lilly giving the thumbs up from her hospital bed!
  NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA-  2014 Women's Pipeline Champion Lilly Pollard suffered three fractured vertebrae from a bad wipeout during a bodyboarding session at Mystics Beach.  She was taken by rescue helicopter to Wollongong Hospital where she remained in serious but stable condition.  She, later, posted on her facebook page to let everybody know that she is, in typical Lilly form, in good spirits and that exams have shown that there is no spinal chord damage.  Here's wishing you a speedy recovery, Lilly!

Illawarra Mercury News Article:
http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2173016/photos-surfer-suffers-back-injury-at-mystics/?cs=300#slide=1


ALEX URANGA WINS SUMOL NAZARE SPECIAL EDITION
Alex Uranga claimed the winner's check at Nazare.
  NAZARE, PORTUGAL-  Alex Uranga (Basque) has won the Sumol Nazare Special Edition invitational event in Portugal.  Here are the Final results:
1st- Alex Uranga
2nd- Pierre Louis Costes
3rd- Tiago Silva
4th- Dino Carmo
5th- Amaury Laverne
6th- Jamie Jesus

For more information, photos, and video highlights please be sure to visit:

Sumol Nazare Special Edition on Facebook

Final Day Highlights on Vimeo


GUILHERME TAMEGA RETURNS HOME TO PROMOTE GT BOARDS
Tamega introduces his new line of bodyboards in Rio.
  RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL-  6x World Champion Guilherme Tamega returned home to Rio to personally introduce his new line of bodyboards, GT Boards, at an in-store workshop at Vortec Bodyboard Shop on Saturday, 22 March 2014.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

GT Boards official website:  www.gtboards.com.br

GT Boards on Facebook


JEFF HUBBARD JOINS ASM/ USANA HEALTH SCIENCES

  HAWAII-  3x World Champion has signed on with ASM (Action Sports Marketing) and USANA Health Sciences, Inc.  He joins the likes of fellow bodyboarders Jeremy Wright, Soomin Kim, Kainoa McGee, Ron Ziebell, Jordan Stallard, Tyler Wiemann, Kap Sanderson, Seabass Perez, PJ Tartak along with a roster of olympic athletes and professional sports from tennis to the NFL.

For more information, please be sure to visit the following links:

ASM Website:  www.asfpro.com

ASM Movement on Facebook

USANA Website:  www.whatsupusana.com

USANA on Facebook

www.hubboards.com


ITACOATIARA PRO TO RETURN FOR 2014

  NITEROI, BRAZIL-  In an announcement made on the official Facebook page, The Itacoatiara Pro plans on running in late July, following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup.  Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Itacoatiara Pro on Facebook


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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 APB Pipe Challenge Recap

2014 APB Pipe Challenge Recap



  OAHU, HAWAII-  Here's a quick look at the results from the 2014 APB Pipe Challenge (Feb 18th-28th).

Hawaiian Supergrom Tanner McDaniel...15 years old...Pipeline Jr Pro Champion.  Is there anything this kid can't do on a bodyboard?
JR PRO FINAL
1st- Tanner McDaniel
2nd- Noa Auweloa
3rd- Kawika Kamai
4th- Alex Castillo


2014 Pipeline DK Champion Dave Hubbard getting a lift up the beach...literally.
DK FINAL
1st- Dave Hubbard (Hawaii)
2nd- Josh Trotter (Hawaii)
3rd- Edgardo Gomez (Puerto Rico)
4th- Cole Hansen (Hawaii)


After many years of trying, Australia's Lilly Pollard can finally call herself a Women's Pipeline Champion!
WOMEN'S FINAL
1st- Lilly Pollard (Australia)
2nd- Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)
3rd- Jessica Becker (Brazil)
4th- Emma Cobb (Australia)


3x World Champion Ben Player on his way to a second consecutive Pipeline title.
MEN'S FINAL
1st- Ben Player (Australia)
2nd- Uri Valadao (Brazil)
3rd- Spencer Skipper (Hawaii)
4th- Jared Houston (South Africa)

For more information, photos, and video highlights please be sure to visit:
RideScoreMobile Heat Progressions

IBA Hawaii Tour

IBA Hawaii Tour on Facebook

Association of Professional Bodyboarders of Facebook



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