Wednesday, July 23, 2014

PROFILE: The 2014 ABA Tour

PROFILE: The 2014 ABA Tour


  After rebranding and revamping the Australian national pro tour as the AUSTRALIAN BODYBOARDING ASSOCIATION, the ABA launched into its inaugural season of competition.  Here's a look at their successful first year.

EVENT #1: The Duranbah Pro (April 11th-13th)


Event Winner: Lachlan Cramsie




EVENT #2: The Knights Pro (May 10th-11th)


Event Winner: Joe Clarke




EVENT #3: The Mandurah Pro (May 31st- June1st)


Event Winner: Jake Stone




EVENT #4: The Mystics Pro (July 4th-6th)


Event Winner: Davis Blackwell




2014 ABA TOUR CHAMPION: JAKE STONE


Final 2014 ABA Tour Rankings:

1. Jake Stone  4440 points
2. Joe Clarke  4220 points
3. Lachlan Cramsie  4190 points
4. Davis Blackwell  3553 points
5. George Humphreys  3090 points
6. Marshall Watson  3765 points
7. Dave Winchester  2915 points
8. Justin Vassallo  2630 points
9. John Cruikshank  2580 points
10. Josh Keenan  2550 points

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

ABA Tour website

ABA Tour on Facebook

ABA Tour YouTube Channel


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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION:  Itacoatiara Pro Set to Begin, APB Confirms South America Events, Sintra Portugal Pro Confirmed, Neymara Carvalho Runs for State Senate in Brazil, Sandy Beach Challenge Confirmed.

2014 ITACOATIARA PRO SET TO BEGIN


  NITEROI, BRAZIL-  The Itacoatiara Pro is set to run as Event #2 on the APB Men's World Tour.  The competition window is schedule for July 25th through August 3rd.  Rider registration and check-in will be on July 23rd from 1pm-6pm at Adipas House.


Wild Card slots have for the event have been confirmed.  The APB Wild Card has been awarded to Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii).  The Local Wild Card positions have been awarded to Brazilians Dudu Pedra, Gugu Barcellos, and Guilherme Correa

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB World Tour website

APB World Tour on Facebook

APB Wild Cards press release

Itacoatiara Pro on Facebook


APB CONFIRMS SOUTH AMERICAN LEG OF 2014 WORLD TOUR


  AUSTRALIA-  The South American leg of the 2014 APB World Tour has been confirmed to run in July/August with the following events:

ITACOATIARA PRO (July 25th- August 3rd)- Men's event
ARICA CHILEAN CHALLENGE (August 15th-24th)- Men's event
ANTOFAGASTA BODYBOARD FESTIVAL (August 26th-31st)- Men's & Women's event

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB World Tour website

APB World Tour on Facebook


2014 SINTRA PORTUGAL PRO CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER


  PORTUGAL-  The 2014 Sintra Portugal Pro has been confirmed to run at Praia Grande September 22nd-28th as part of the APB World Tour.  The event will feature competition for Men's, Women's, and Drop Knee with the addition of a Pro Junior division.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB World Tour website

APB World Tour on Facebook


NEYMARA CARVALHO RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE


  ESPIRITO SANTO, BRAZIL-  5x Women's world Champion bodyboarder Neymara Carvalho has entered the political arena in Brazil.  She is running for state senate in Espirito Santo.  Boa sorte, Neymara!

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Elections 2014: Neymara Profile (in Portuguese)

Neymara Carvalho Politician Page


IBA HAWAII CONFIRMS SANDY BEACH CHALLENGE FOR SEPTEMBER


  HAWAII-  The IBA Hawaii Pro Tour has confirmed the 2014 Sandy Beach Challenge for September 6th-7th.  Stay tuned for more details.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

IBA Hawaii Pro Tour website

IBA Hawaii Tour on Facebook


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

Monday, July 21, 2014

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News Recap

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News Recap

(April- July 2014)

  BODYBOARDING 101 has been on hiatus for the past several months.  The world of bodyboarding, on the other hand, has had plenty of things going on.  So, without any further delay, here's a recap of the major bodyboarding news from the past few months...


JAKE STONE WINS 2014 ABA NATIONAL TOUR


  AUSTRALIA-  After running a successful 4-event season with competitions held at Duranbah, Knights Beach, Mandurah Wedge, and Mystics the ABA has crowned Jake Stone as the 2014 ABA Men's Pro Tour Champion.

Video Highlights from the final event at Mystics:


For more information, please be sure to visit:

ABA Tour website

ABA Tour on Facebook


ENCANTO PRO 2014 CANCELLED


  PUERTO RICO-  Due to time constraints, the organizers of the Encanto Pro Puerto Rico have cancelled the event for 2014, but have announced the ongoing negotiations to secure and confirm the event in its entirety (Men's, Women's, and Drop Knee pro divisions) for 2015 and 2016.  Please read the press release for the full story.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official Press Release

Encanto World Series on Facebook


SHARK ISLAND CHALLENGE ON HOLD UNTIL SEPTEMBER


  AUSTRALIA-  The 2014 Shark Island Challenge has been placed ON HOLD until September.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official Press Release

Shark Island Challenge on Facebook


TRISTAN ROBERTS WINS TAND INVITATIONAL 2014


  SOUTH AFRICA-  Tristan Roberts has won The Tand Invitational for the second consecutive year.

Video Highlights:


For more information, please be sure to visit:

Press Release from Sixty40

Tand Invitational on Facebook


IBA HAWAII SHIPWRECKS CHALLENGE FINAL RESULTS


  HAWAII-  Here are the final results for the IBA Hawaii ProTour's Shipwrecks Challenge, held in early June.

(Men's Pro Final)
1st- Jacob Romero
2nd- David Phillips
3rd- Sammy Morretino
4th- Matt Holzman

(Women's Pro Final)
1st- Melanie Bartels
2nd- Ashley Hori
3rd- Sandra Silva
4th- Avery Rowen

(DK Pro Final)
1st- Micah McMullin
2nd- Dayton Wago
3rd- Pohaku Kekaualua
4th- Jacob Romero

(Junior Pro Final)
1st- Sammy Morretino
2nd- Patrick Orr
3rd- Kainoa Lono
4th- Kainoa Mattos

For more information, please be sure to visit:

IBA Hawaii Pro Tour website

IBA Hawaii Tour on Facebook


LILLY POLLARD INJURY UPDATE


  AUSTRALIA-  Fourteen weeks after suffering a fractured back and neck in a bodyboarding accident at Mystics, Lilly Pollard has issued an update on her recovery.  Check the link below for the official press release.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official Press Release

Lilly Pollard Athlete Page on Facebook


DAVE WINCHESTER SIGNS WITH THE VERSUS PROJECT


  AUSTRALIA-  In late March, VS Bodyboards announced that they have signed Dave Winchester.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Press Release from SpongerCity

VS Project on Facebook


ALEXANDRA RINDER SIGNS WITH SCIENCE BODYBOARDS


  HAWAII-  In April, Mike Stewart's Science Bodyboards announced they have signed Canary Islands supergrom Alexandra Rinder and have released the Rinder signature model.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Science Bodyboards Hawaii website

Science Bodyboards Hawaii on Facebook


  There you have it, a quick recap of the past several months in the world of bodyboarding.  If there is anything noteworthy that you feel I overlooked, feel free to email me and I will do my best to get it posted!  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!