Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HISTORY: ETB Champions

HISTORY: ETB Champions

European Tour of Bodyboard

2014 EBT Women's Champion Joana Schenker.

ETB WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS
2015: Joana Schenker (Portugal)
2014: Joana Schenker (Portugal)
2013: Catarina Sousa (Portugal)
2012: Nicholle Calheiros (Brazil)
2011: Eunate Aquirre (Basque)
2010: Rita Pires (Portugal)
2009: Marta Fernandez (Portugal)
2008: Heloise Bourroux (France)
2007: Eunate Aquirre (Basque)
2006: Heloise Bourroux (France)
2005: Heloise Bourroux (France)
2004: Neymara Carvalho (Brazil)
2003: Marina Taylor (Canary Islands)
2002: Marina Taylor (Canary Islands)
2001: Heloise Bourroux (France)
2000: Rita Pires (Portugal)
1999: Rita Pires (Portugal)
1998: Catarina Sousa (Portugal)


3x ETB Men's Champion Pierre Louis Costes.

ETB MEN'S CHAMPIONS
2015: Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2014: Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2013: Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2012: Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2011: Yeray Martinez (Canary Islands)
2010: Jeremy Arnoux (France)
2009: Hugo Pinheiro (Portugal)
2008: Manuel Centeno (Portugal)
2007: Silvano Lourenço (Portugal)
2006: Manuel Centeno (Portugal)
2005: David Perez (Spain)
2004: Hugo Pinheiro (Portugal)
2003: Hugo Pinheiro (Portugal)
2002: Cedric Dufaure (France)
2001: Manuel Centeno (Portugal)
2000: David Perez (Spain)
1999: Nicolas Capdeville (France)
1998: Hugo Carvalho (Portugal)


For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.eurosurfing.org


RECAP: 2014 ETB Final Rankings

RECAP: 2014 ETB Final Rankings

European Tour of  Bodyboard


MEN'S
1. Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2. Máxime Castillo (France)
3. Hugo Pinheiro (Portugal)
4. Silvano Lourenço (Portugal)
5. Ayoub Rachidi (Morocco)
6. Ayoub Soussi (Morocco)
7. Manuel Centeno (Portugal)
8. Brahim Iddouch (Morocco)
9. Bats Jerome (France)
10. Anass Adli (Morocco)


WOMEN'S
1. Joana Schenker (Portugal)
2. Teresa Almeida (Portugal)
3. Catarina Sousa (Portugal)
4. Marta Leitão (Portugal)
5. Fatima Zahara (Morocco)
6. Carina Carvalho (Portugal)
7. Teresa Duarte (Portugal)
8. Ana Adão (Portugal)
9. Soukaina Aghouali (Morocco)
10. Cristina Lorenzo (Spain)


For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.eurosurfing.org

Press Release from Surfer Today


Monday, April 20, 2015

PROFILE: 2015 ETB Tour

PROFILE: 2015 European Tour of Bodyboard


EVENT #1: La Salie Pro
La Salie, Arcachon, France
April 17-19

2011 World Champion and defending 3x Euro Champ PLC wins at La Salie!

MEN'S RESULTS
1. Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2. Mickael Kerlir (France)
3. Anas Haddar (Morocco)
4. Brahim Iddouch (Morocco)


Defending Euro Women's Champion Joana Schenker picks up where she left off, with a win a La Salie!

WOMEN'S RESULTS
1. Joana Schenker (Portugal)
2. Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)
3. Teresa Almeida (Portugal)
4. Madi Fernandez (Basque)


EVENT #2: Miss Sumol Cup
Costa Nova/Ílhavo, Aveiro, Portugal
August 29-30


EVENT #3: Azores Bodyboard Pro
Areias Sta. Barbara Ribeira Grande, Azores, Portugal
September 5-6


EVENT #4: Bodyboard Girls Experience Madeira 2015
Praia Fajã de Areia S. Vicente, Madeira, Portugal
October 3-4 or 10-11


EVENT #5: Morocco Bodyboard Pro
TBC




For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.eurosurfing.org


CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION:  Hubb Suffers Broken Foot, PLC and Schenker Win at La Salie Pro, Ohhara wins Nijima Pro.


HUBB SUFFERS BROKEN FOOT

 
  HAWAII-  3x World Champion Jeff Hubbard has suffered a broken foot.  Here is what he had to say on his Facebook page (April 15th):  "It's official I broke my talus bone in my foot. The talus is a major weight bearing bone in your foot that supports your ankle. I broke it whilst landing an air revo at Black Rock yesterday. My foot came down too early in the rotation as I whipped the spin to fast. My foot went straight in to dry rock and all my weight and momentum from the fall on impact broke my bone. Three months with my weight off of the foot. Conservatively Looking at JULY 15 to be back at it again."  Given that timeframe, it seems rather unlikely that we will see Hub at the world tour's first two events at Itacoatiara (Brazil, July 2nd-12th) or Arica (Chile, July 17th-26th).  Heal up quick, Jeff!


PLC AND SCHENKER WIN LA SALIE PRO


  FRANCE-  2011 World Champion and Defending 3x Euro Tour Men's Champion Pierre Louis Costes (France) and defending 2014 ETB Women's Champion Joana Schenker (Portugal) have won the La Salie Pro in France, event #1 on the 2015 ETB schedule.  Here are the final results:

MEN'S
1. Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2. Mickael Kerlir (France)
3. Anas Haddar (Morocco)
4.  Brahim Iddouch (Morocco)


WOMEN'S
1. Joana Schenker (Portugal)
2. Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)
3. Teresa Almeida (Portugal)
4. Madi Fernandez (Basque)

For more information, please be sure to visit:

La Salie Pro on Facebook

www.lasaliepro.com

Surfing France press release


OHHARA WINS NIJIMA PRO


  JAPAN-  Defending 2014 Japanese Women's National Champion and 4th ranked world tour competitor Sari Ohhara has won the Nijima Pro, event #1 on the 2015 JPBA tour.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

JPBA Tour on Facebook

www.jpba.org


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

Thursday, April 16, 2015

PROFILE: 2015 BIA California Pro/Am Tour

PROFILE: 2015 BIA California Pro/Am Tour

Bodyboarder International Association



EVENT #1: Salt Creek (March 21st, A-rated)

Salt Creek.

RESULTS:

MEN'S PRO
1. Sean McElroy
2. Joe Grodzen
3. Jeremy Wright
4. Nainoa Steward

WOMEN'S PRO
1. Lisah Gonzalez
2. Keila Grodzen
3. Sara Thompson

DK PRO
1. Justin Cadiente
2. Josh Hayes
3. Joe Grodzen
4. Nick Borgens

MASTERS
1. Jason Moore
2. Turner Harmon
3. Jimmy Lindville
4. Justin S

MEN'S
1. Tommy Glockner
2. Justin Brown
3. Jamie Rose
4. Geoff Leyva

DK
1. Jordan Alcorn
2. Miguel Villordo
3. Joey Russo
4. Rocky Hayes

AAA
1. Nainoa Steward
2. Caleb Roman
3. Charlie Rouse
4. Dominic Mousaw

JUNIOR
1. Jason Parsons
2. Gavin Pellkofer
3. Tyler Pennington
4. Clay Donahue

YOUTH
1. Hayden Stein
2. Olati Trevilla
3. Liam Gillion
4. Julian Natray


EVENT #2: Manhattan Beach (April 18th, A-rated)

Manhattan Beach.



EVENT #3: Zuma Beach (June 13th, A-rated)



EVENT #4: HB Golden West (August 1st, A-rated)



EVENT #5: Huntington Beach (September 12th, AA-rated)








For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.biatour.net

BIA Tour on Facebook


RECAP: 2014 Kellogg's IBA Hawaii Tour

RECAP: 2014 Kellogg's IBA Hawaii Tour

2014 IBA Hawaii Men's Pro Champion Jacob Romero from Maui!

MEN'S FINAL RANKINGS
1. Jacob Romero
2. Jeff Hubbard
3. Matt Holzman
4. Trevor Kam
5. Guilherme Tâmega
6. Mike Stewart
7. Sammy Morretino
8. Mack Crilley
9. Kahekili Labatte
10. Michael Raithaus


WOMEN'S FINAL RANKINGS
1. Melanie Bartels
2. Summer Hillen
3. Ashley Hori
4. Ayako Ancheta
5. Sandra Silva
6. Carolina Casemiro
7. Karla Costa
8. Aki Ogura
9. Kelly Gordon
10. Traci Effinger


DROP KNEE FINAL RANKINGS
1. Dayton Wago
2. Micah McMullin
3. Sammy Morretino
4. Blaine Andrews
5. Mack Crilley
6. Justin Medeiros
7. Dave Hubbard
8. Bud Miyamoto
9. Alan Lamphere
10. Pohaku Kekaualua


PRO JUNIOR
1. Sammy Morretino
2. Kawika Kamai
3. Tanner McDaniel
4. Noa Auweloa
5. Matthew O'Rourke
6. Kainoa Lono
7. Ezra Hill
8. Kaulupali Makaneole
9. Patrick Orr
10. Peter Piho



For more information, please visit:

www.ibahawaiitour.com

IBA Hawaii on Facebook


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PROFILE: 2015 ABA National Tour

PROFILE: 2015 ABA National Tour

Australian Bodyboarding Association



EVENT #1:  The Good Earth Mandurah Pro (March 21st-22nd at Mandurah Wedge, WA)





Ryan Hardy claimed the win at event #1 on the 2015 ABA Tour.
EVENT WINNERS
Men's Pro: Ryan Hardy
Pro Junior: Theo Hinchcliffe


EVENT #2:  The NMD Dbah Pro (April 10th-12th at Duranbah, QLD)







Defending 2014 ABA Men's Champion Jake Stone  took the win and the points lead at Duranbah!
EVENT WINNERS
Men's Pro: Jake Stone
Pro Junior: Eric Roy
DK Pro: Dave Winchester


EVENT #3:  RAW Knights Pro (May 22nd-24th at Knights Beach, SA)




EVENT #4:  Pride Mystics Pro (June 19th-21st at Mystics, NSW)


For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.abatour.com.au

ABA Tour on Facebook

ABA Tour on YouTube


RECAP: 2014 Australian Bodyboarding Awards

RECAP: 2014 Australian Bodyboarding Awards


  The 2014 Australian Bodyboarding Awards were held in Sydney on December 5th, 2014.  Riptide Magazine announced it's annual Bodyboarder of the Year winners.  The evening also saw the Australian Bodyboarding Association awards prentation, as well as the 2014 inductees to the Australian Bodyboarding Hall of Fame.  Here's a quick rundown of the evening's winners and honorees!


RIPTIDE AWARDS

Men's Bodyboarder of the Year: Ben Player (Austrália)


Men's Top 10:
1. Bem Player (Austrália)
2. Jared Houston (South África)
3. Pierre Louis Costes (France)
4. Dave Winchester (Austrália)
5. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)
=6. Mitch Rawlins (Austrália)
=6. Nick Gornall (Austrália)
8. Jake Stone (Austrália)
9. Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii)
10. Jase Finlay (Austrália)


Women's Bodyboarder of the Year: Isabela Sousa (Brazil)


Women's Top 5:
1. Isabela Sousa (Brazil)
2. Lilly Pollard (Austrália)
3. Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)
4. Jessica Becker (Brazil)
5. Emma Cobb (Austrália)


Dropkneer of the Year: Dave Hubbard (Hawaii)


DK Top 5:
1. Dave Hubbard (Hawaii)
2. Matt Lackey (Austrália)
3. Bod Miyamoto (Hawaii)
4. Sacha Specker (South África)
5. Cesar Bauer (Peru)


Grom of the Year: Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)



Heaviest Wave of the Year: Lewy Finnegan (Austrália, at The Right in WA- Ritide #197)



Biggest Move of the Year: Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii, at Honolua Bay in Maui- from Hubboards: The Movie)



Best Feature Film of the Year: Passing Through (James Kates/ LeBoogie)

Best Short Film of the Year: The Mexican Mirage (Miller Best/ Pride Bodyboards)

Photographer of the Year: Sacha Specker (South África)


ABA AWARDS

2014 ABA National Champion: Jake Stone

Top 5:
1. Jake Stone
2. Joe Clarke
3. Lachlan Cramsie
4. Davis Blackwell
5. George Humphreys


Rookie of the Year: Josh Keenan

Global Achievement: Lilly Pollard

Community Service: Aaron Dodds (Forster Tuncurry Bodyboarding Association, Jeff Wilcox Memorial Director)


AUSTRALIAN BODYBOARDING HALL OF FAME

2014 Inductees:

Steve "Bullet" Mackenzie
Adam "Wingnut" Smith


For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official Riptide Press Release


Monday, April 13, 2015

PRODUCT PROFILE: Invert Style Fins

PRODUCT PROFILE: Invert Style Fins


  Based in the United States, IS Fins has strong ties to Brazil but is also steadily expanding into various international markets.  Invert Style, as a company, was started almost seven years ago, and began developing products about three years ago.  Their product line focuses mainly on swimfins, but also includes various bodyboarding products including leashes, lycra, and more products being developed as this is being typed.  In the short time that Invert Style has existed, company owner Jorge Junior has managed to assemble an impressive roster of talented riders including 3x Women'sWorld Champion Isabela Sousa, 2011 Latin American Champion Kalani Lattanzi, and 2x Brazilian National Champion Israel Salas to name just a few.


IS Fins team rider, 2011 Latin American Champion Kalani Lattanzi.

IS Fins team rider, 3x Women's World Champion Isabela Sousa.

IS Fins team rider, 2x Brazilian National Champion Israel Salas.

  For the past four months, I have been testing out a couple of pairs of IS Fins that were sent to me.  The first thing I noticed about the fins are the soft foot pockets courtesy of the Malaysian rubber they are made from.  This makes for a comfortable and lightweight swimfin.  Performancewise, I have no complaints.  I have used these fins in everything from small gutless summer waves to more sizeable, dredging beachbreaks to a slabbing reefbreak.  I like the snap and thrust I get with each kick.  After having tried out Invert Style's fins, I'm looking forward to testing some of their other products.

Along with manufacturing swimfins, Invert Style offer other bodyboard accessories including the Storm bicep leash.

Lycra rashguards are among many of the new bodyboard accessories still to come from Invert Style.

Made from Malaysian rubber, IS fins are lightweight and comfortable.

The Invert Style team continues to expand globally!

To learn more about Invert Style swimfins and bodyboard accessories, please be sure to visit:

www.invertstyle.com

Invert Style- USA on Facebook

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION: Jake Stone Wins Dbah, Hubb Wins FSB North América, Uranga Wins FSB Europe, McCarthy Wins Kumba Classic, GT Retires, Hardy Wins Mandurah, Hardy Buys Reeflex, Natasha Sagardia Retires, BP Tears Spleen at Riley's, Manny V Goes Full-Time with YouRiding, Lester Makes Walk of Fame!

There's lots of News to get into, so let's get to it!


JAKE STONE WINS 2015 ABA DBAH PRO
Jake Stone airing it out on the way to winning event #2!
  AUSTRALIA-  Defending ABA Tour Champion Jake Stone has won the Dbah Pro, and taken the lead in the points standings after event #2 of the 2015 ABA national tour.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.abatour.com.au

ABA Tour on Facebook


JEFF HUBBARD WINS FSB NORTH AMERICA
Jeff Hubbard boosts his way to the FSB North América title!
  HAWAII-  Jeff Hubbard has won FSB North América.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.freesurfworldtour.com

Free Surf Bodyboard World Tour on Facebook

Riptide Press Release


ALEX URANGA WINS FSB EUROPE
The Spaniard takes out the Frenchmen...Uranga edged out Amaury Lavernhe (pictured on the right) and Pierre Louis Costes to win FSB Europe.
  BASQUE-  Alex Uranga has won FSB Europe.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.freesurfworldtour.com

Free Surf Bodyboard World Tour on Facebook

Riptide Press Release


MARK MCCARTHY WINS KUMBA WEST COAST CLASSIC
Sacha Specker helped pilot Mark McCarthy to the tow-out win at Yo-Yo's Reef.
  SOUTH AFRICA-  Mark McCarthy has won the Kumba West Coast Classic.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Riptide Press Release and Final Day Highlights


GUILHERME TÂMEGA RETIRES FROM PRO TOUR
GT has hung up his competitive Jersey to focus on his new business.
  HAWAII-  6x World Champion Guilherme Tâmega ounced his retirement from the world tour to focus on his company, GT Boards, and spend time with his family.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.gtboards.com

Guilherme Tâmega on Facebook

GT Boards on Facebook


RYAN HARDY WINS 2015 ABA MANDURAH PRO
  AUSTRALIA-  Ryan Hardy scored an 8.10 in the waning moments of the final to overcome Tom Rigby and win event #1 on the 2015 ABA tour, The Mandurah Pro.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.abatour.com.au

ABA Tour on Facebook

Riptide Press Release


RYAN HARDY BUYS REEFLEX WETSUITS
Ryan Hardy making moves in and out of the water lately!
   AUSTRALIA-  Ryan Hardy is now the Managing Director of Reeflex Wetsuits, after having purchased the company from John Barker in late March.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.reeflexwetsuits.com

Reeflex Wetsuits on Facebook


NATASH SAGARDIA RETIRES FROM PROFESSIONAL BODYBOARDING
Natasha Sagardia was honored at the Puerto Rico Museum of Sports after announcing her rtirement from competitive bodyboarding.
  PUERTO RICO-  Argentinian-born Puerto Rico bodyboarding pioneer and 2008 ISA Women's Bodyboard Champion Natasha Sagardia has retired from competitive bodyboarding to focus on her social outreach and development projects.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.natashasagardia.com

Natasha Sagardia on Facebook



BEN PLAYER RECOVERING FROM SERIOUS INJURY AT RILEY'S
Ben Player in the hospital after his accident at Riley's.
  IRELAND-  In late March, 3x World Chapmion Bem Player (Austrália) suffered a torn spleen and internal bleeding during a session at Riley's.  He was airlifted by the Irish Coast Guard to nearby Limerick Hospital where he spent several days recovering before being released.  BP, as usual, remained in postive spirits, even taking to Instagram and saying,"The good news is that I will be able to keep my spleen and I'm on the mend, which is good news because I quite like my spleen!"

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Riptide Press Release #1

Riptide Press Release #2: Ben Player Speaks


MANNY VARGAS TAKES FULL-TIME JOB WITH YOURIDING
Manny Vargas and YouRiding, a winning combination.
  CALIFORNIA-  Bodyboarding legend Manny Vargas has taken a full-time position as the eSports Manager at YouRiding.  He will be overseeing the YouRiding League for bodyboarding as well as surfing, skiing, and snowboarding.



For more information, please be sure to visit:

www.youriding.com

YouRiding Games on Facebook


ANDREW LESTER INDUCTED INTO CRONULLA WALK OF FAME
Lester kneeling beside his plaque on the Walk of Fame.
  AUSTRALIA-  In March, defending Shark Island Challenge Champion Andrew Lester was inducted into the Cronulla Walk of Fame and received his own plaque on the walkway.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official Press Release from Riptide Magazine


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