Thursday, September 29, 2016

RECAP: 2016 APB Viana World Bodyboard Championship

RECAP: 2016 APB Viana World Bodyboard Championship


Viana do Castelo, Portugal
September 21st-25th, 2016
Men's World Tour Event #6
Pro Junior World Tour Event #4


Day One Highlights:



RESULTS:

(MEN'S FINAL)
1. Iain Campbell (South Africa)
2. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)

(MEN'S PODIUM FINAL)
3. Pierre Louis Costes (France)
4. Mike Stewart (Hawaii)



Day Two Highlights:



(PRO JUNIOR FINAL)
1. Matheus Bastos (Brasil)
2. Socrates Santana (Brasil)

(PRO JUNIOR PODIUM FINAL)
3. Joaquim Soto (Chile)
4. Pedro Marchardo (Portugal)




Day Three Highlights:



Day Four Highlights:



Final Day Highlights:



For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB World Bodyboarding Tour official website



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION: Iain Campbell Wins Viana Pro, Matheus Bastos Wins Viana Pro Junior, Neymara Carvalho Wins Bodyboard Girls Experience in Madeira.


IAIN CAMPBELL WINS VIANA PRO

(Left to Right) Amaury Lavernhe, Iain Campbell, Pierre Louis Costes, and Mike Stewart.
  VIANA, PORTUGAL-  In his third consecutive final on the 2016 APB world tour, South African Iain Campbell has defeated Reunion Islander Amaury Lavernhe to win the Viana World Bodyboard Championship.  Here are the final results:

(MEN'S FINAL)
1. Iain Campbell (South Africa)
2. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)
(PODIUM FINAL)
3. Pierre Louis Costes (France)
4. Mike Stewart (Hawaii)

For more information: Official Press Release


MATHEUS BASTOS WINS VIANA PRO JUNIOR

(Left to Right) Socrates Santana, Matheus Bastos, Joaquim Soto, and Pedro Marchardo.
  VIANA, PORTUGAL-  Matheus Bastos (Brazil) defeated fellow countryman Socrates Santana to win the Viana World Bodyboard Championship Pro Junior.  Here are the final results:

(FINAL)
1. Matheus Bastos (Brazil)
2. Socrates Santana (Brazil)
(PODIUM FINAL)
3. Joaquim Soto (Chile)
4. Pedro Marchardo (Portugal)

For more information: Official Press Release


NEYMARA CARVALHO WINS BODYBOARD GIRLS EXPERIENCE 2016

5x Women's World Champ Neymara Carvalho wins EBT event #3.
  MADEIRA, PORTUGAL-  Neymara Carvalho has won the Bodyboard Girls Experience 2016, event #3 on the 2016 ETB (European Tour of Bodyboarding).  Here are the final results:

1. Neymara Carvalho (Brazil)
2. Ayaka Suzuki (Japan)
3. Isabela Sousa (Brazil)
4. Patricia Setubal (Portugal)

For more information: Official Press Release


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


Thursday, September 22, 2016

HISTORY: The Annaëlle Challenge

HISTORY: The Annaëlle Challenge


  The Annaëlle Challenge is an APB World Bodyboarding Tour specialty event that was created by Event Organizer and Director Gwen Renambot, and has been running since 2009.

The wave "Annaëlle" is located in the northwest of France in Brittany, hidden behind a very small island off the coast.  It takes approximately 10 minutes by boat to get to the island. The wave works best on a NW swell in the 3.5 meter range (roughly 10-12ft.) with south winds but as Renambot pointed out, "You need a small tidal coefficient to have enough competition time.  For the good conditions, it's not easy. Good swell, good winds, small tidal coefficient."  When all of these elements come together, though, they can make for what Gwen calls a, "Perfect Day."  Average water temperatures are around 14C/57F, so a good 3/2mm steamer is definitely necessary.  Weather during the 3-month long contest waiting period, September through December, can also be a bit brisk as well, so don't forget your jacket.

  On the organizational side of things, Renambot has a small army of people that help with the event. Cedric Henry and Nicolas Bouvrais came on board in 2012 and help with communications, media relations, community management, graphic design, and more. During competition days, there are upwards of 20 volunteers from the Tomahawk Bodyboard-Surf Club lending a helping hand.

Here is a look at the complete results for each year of the Annaëlle Challenge:



2009 COMPLETE RESULTS:
1. Yoan Florantin
2.  Erwan Genre
3.  Sylvain Langlet
4.  Benoît Cren
5.  David Lefèvre
5. Yves-Marie Le Fourn
7.  Laurent Jegoudez
8.  Irwin Cloarec
9.  Alan L’helgouach
10.  Pierre Le Duff
11.  Yannick Allançon
12.  Mathieu Milélla
13.  Hadrien Cosmidis
14.  Yann Salaun
15.  Alan Genre
16. Guillaume Habasque


2009 Video Highlights (Day One):



2009 Video Highlights (Day Two):





2010 COMPLETE RESULTS:
1.  Erwan Genre
2.  Guillaume Sautron
3.  Martin Viezzer
4.  Germain Romigou
5.  Laurent Jégoudez
6.  Benoit Cren
7.  Ghislain Vaginay
8.  Nicolas Marianneli
9.  Yann Salaun
10.  Antonin Ortoli
11.  Julien Bourseguin
12.  Yves-Marie Le Fourn
13.  Yannick Allançon
14.  Julien Le Séhan
15.  Alan L’Helgouach
16.  Maël L’Helgouach


2010 Video Highlights:



2011: NO EVENT


2012 COMPLETE RESULTS:
1.  Alex Uranga
2.  Yoan Florantin
3.  Yann Salaun
4.  Beneat Elosua
5.  Clément Lodeho
6.  Sylvain Langlet
7.  Irwin Cloarec
8.  Inico Ganzarain
9.  Derek Crater
10.  Arthur Cony
11.  Yves-Marie Le Fourn
12.  Guillaume Sautron
13.  Fred Quemener
14.  Jean Seb Geffroy
15.  Laurent Jegoudez
16.  Antoine Daviau
17.  Davo Lefèvre
18.  Erwan Genre
19. Alex Gavinet
20.  Jordan Le Doze




2012 Video Highlights:




2013 COMPLETE RESULTS:
1.  Jeremy Arnoux
2.  Alex Uranga
3.  Erwan Genre
4.  Borja Gainzarain
5.  Yves-Marie Le Fourn
6.  Martin Mouradian
6.  Morgan Le Quellec
8.  Yann Salaun
9.  Derek Crater
10.  Julien Le Séhan
11.  Laurent Dauenhauer
12.  Ghislain Vaginay
13.  Simon Carnot
14.  Benjamin Nénert
15.  Laurent Jegoudez
16.  Guillaume Sautron


2013 Video Highlights:




2014 COMPLETE RESULTS:
1.   Jeremy Arnoux
2.   Alex Uranga
3.   Pierre Louis Costes
4.   David Le Fèvre
5.   Borja Gainzarain
6.   Derek Crater
7.   Yves-Marie Le Fourn
8.   Julien Le Séhan
9.   Mickael Kerlir
10.  Max Ausina
11.  Morgan Le Quellec
12.  Laurent Jegoudez
13.  Simon Carnot
14.  Ghislain Vaginay
15.  Adrien Montmeau
16.  Germain Romigou (Injured)


2014 Video Highlights:




2015 COMPLETE RESULTS:
1.  Pierre-Louis Costes
2.  Jérémy Arnoux
3.  Julien Le Séhan
4.  Borja Gainzarain
5.  Laurent Begue
6.  Yves-Marie Le Fourn
7.  Yann Mestelan
8.  Killian Quirroz
9.  Geoff Vaquie
10.  Derek Crater
11.  Chinook Richard (injured)
12.  Davo Le Fèvre
13.  Erwan Genre
14.  Laurent Jegoudez
15.  Sylvain Langlet
16.  Irwin Cloarec (injured)


2015 Video Highlights:




2016: NO EVENT


See you all in 2017!!!

For more information about the Annaëlle Challenge, please be sure to visit:

Annaëlle Challenge on Facebook

Annaëlle Challenge official website

Annaëlle Challenge YouTube Channel


RECAP: 2015 Annaëlle Challenge

RECAP: 2015 Annaëlle Challenge


  The 2015 Annaëlle Challenge, an APB world tour specialty event, was the 6th edition of this competition held in Brittany, France in November during its three month waiting period.  Here's a look at the final results:


1. Pierre-Louis Costes
2. Jérémy Arnoux
3. Julien Le Séhan
4. Borja Gainzarain



Video Highlights:


For complete results, photos, and more information please be sure to visit:

Annaëlle Challenge on Facebook

Annaëlle Challenge official website


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

NEWS UPDATE: Annaëlle Challenge Called Off for 2016

NEWS UPDATE: Annaëlle Challenge Called Off for 2016


  BRITTANY, FRANCE-  Event organizers officially announced on Tuesday, September 20th that the Annaëlle Challenge, an APB world tour specialty event, has been called off for 2016.  The 7th Edition of the event is scheduled to run in 2017.  Here is the press release:

(English)
THE 7TH EDITION OF THE Annaëlle Challenge WILL BE IN 2017!!
After each of the 6 editions of the Annaëlle Challenge, our main goal has always been to improve the contest organisation. We had to take a one-year break in 2011 to start a brand new cycle, materialized by being sanctioned officially as a world tour specialty event.
We choose to organize the 7th edition of the Annaëlle Challenge next year only, to keep growing this event. The level of performance from the riders has ...improved so high that we needed to follow that example : logistics, security, prize money, communication, ... We'll do our best to make sure this 7th edition will be the best, while keeping of course our local spirit : cultural exchange, friendliness and independence !
This won't be possible without our supporters and without the crucial help from our partners !
We can't wait to share with you our next adventures !
For more info, visit our website and follow us on social media.
Kenavo* !
*good bye in Breton

(French)
LA 7ème EDITION DU Annaëlle Challenge SERA EN 2017!!!
Après chacune des 6 éditions du Annaëlle Challenge, notre objectif a toujours été de chercher à améliorer l'organisation de la compétition. Nous avions ainsi déjà dû faire une pause en 2011, pour mieux repartir sur un nouveau cycle, qui se concrétisa notamment par notre intégration au sein du tour professionnel mondial.
Nous avons fait le choix d'organiser la 7ème édition du Annaëlle Challenge l'année prochaine seulement, pour nous permettre de continuer à faire grandir l'événement. Le niveau de nos compétiteurs a tellement augmenté au fil des années, que nous nous devons de suivre leur exemple : logistique, sécurité, prize money, communication ... Nous ferons notre maximum pour que cette 7ème édition soit la meilleure, tout en conservant notre esprit breton : échange, convivialité et indépendance !
Cela ne se fera pas sans votre soutien et sans l'appui essentiel de nos partenaires!
Nous avons hâte de vous pouvoir vous faire partager nos prochaines aventures.
Pour avoir toutes les informations sur la suite, rendez-vous sur notre site internet et sur nos réseaux sociaux.
Kenavo!

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Annaëlle Challenge on Facebook

Annaëlle Challenge Official Website


Monday, September 19, 2016

RECAP: 2016 APB Sintra Pro

RECAP: 2016 APB Sintra Pro

  Here is a closer look at the 2016 APB Sintra Pro including photos, final results for each division, and daily highlight clips.


2016 APB Sintra Pro
September 13th-18th
Praia Grande, Portugal

Day One Highlights (Filmed & Edited by Javier Fleitas):



Photo by João Araujo.

(MEN'S FINAL)
1. Alan Muñoz (Chile)
2. Iain Campbell (South Africa)

(MEN'S PODIUM FINAL)
3. Tristan Roberts (South Africa)
4. Lewy Finnegan (Australia)


Day Two Highlights (Filmed & Edited by Javier Fleitas):



Photo by João Araujo.


(WOMEN'S FINAL)
1. Isabela Sousa (Brasil) *2016 Women's World Champion
2. Joana Schenker (Portugal)

(WOMEN'S PODIUM FINAL)
3. Teresa Almeida (Portugal)
4. Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)


Day Three Highlights (Filmed & Edited by Javier Fleitas):



Photo by João Araujo.


(DROP KNEE FINAL)
1. Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) *2016 DK World Champion
2. Martin Mouradian (Guadeloupe)

(DROP KNEE PODIUM FINAL)
3. Cesar Bauer (Peru)
4. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)


Day Four Highlights (Filmed & Edited by Javier Fleitas):



Photo by João Araujo.

(PRO JUNIOR FINAL)
1. Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)
2. Socrates Santana (Brasil)
3. Bruno Martin (Spain)
4. Diego Gomes (Brasil)


Day Five Highlights (Filmed & Edited by Javier Fleitas):



Final Day Highlights (Filmed & Edited by Javier Fleitas):



For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official APB Tour Website

Sintra Bodyboard Website



CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION:  Alan Muñoz Wins Sintra Pro, Dubb Clinches 8th DK World Title, Sousa Claims 4th Women's World Title


ALAN MUÑOZ WINS 2016 SINTRA PRO


  PRAIA GRANDE, PORTUGAL-  Chilean Alan Muñoz has won the Men's division at the 2016 APB Sintra Pro (September 13th-18th, 2016). Isabela Sousa (Brasil) was victorious in the Women's Pro. In the Drop Knee Pro, it was Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) once again walking away with 1st Place honors.  A strong performance by Tanner McDaniel paved his way to the top spot on the podium in the Pro Junior division.  For full results, photos, and video highlights please be sure to visit:

Official APB Tour Website

Sintra Bodyboard Website


DAVE HUBBARD CLINCHES 8TH DROP KNEE WORLD TITLE

Photo by João Araujo.

  PRAIA GRANDE, PORTUGAL-  With his win at the Sintra Pro, essentially a single event world championship for the Drop Knee division, Hawaiian Dave Hubbard has added yet another title to his long-running resume to become 8x DK World Champion.


ISABELA SOUSA CLAIMS 4TH WOMEN'S WORLD TITLE

Photo by João Araujo.

  PRAIA GRANDE, PORTUGAL-  Brazilian Isabela Sousa has claimed her fourth Women's World Title in dominant fashion, having won the first three of four scheduled WWT events.  She is now tied with Stephanie Pettersen (Brasil) for second most Women's Professional World Championships (4), behind Neymara Carvalho (Brasil) with 5 titles to her name.

For a more in-depth look at the 2016 APB Sintra Pro, please be sure to check out the Bodyboarding 101 Blog:  RECAP: 2016 APB Sintra Pro


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Old Skool Bodyboarding's Steve Jackson Flash Interview

Old Skool Bodyboarding's Steve Jackson Flash Interview

2005 USBA Jenks Pro (Pt. Pleasant, NJ, USA.)

Australia's Justin Becker hit me up online for an interview, back in late July, to post on the Old Skool Bodyboarding Facebook page.  Check it out!

The Boneyard (Pt. Pleasant, NJ, USA), March 1997.

Ok, time for another ACTION packed, Old Skool interview number 6 with Steve Action Jackson .... If you don't know, Steve is a historian on all things bodyboarding, but most people know him from when he commentates on the APB World Pro Tour. Anyway, I'm a big fan of Steve's so I thought we would get him on for an interview. Lets see what he had to say...Lets GO !!!


JB:Name?
SJ: Steve Jackson.

JB: Nickname?
SJ: Action Jackson, but Ozzies like Kingy, BP, Hardballs, etc. always call me Jacko.

JB: Hometown?
SJ: Brielle, New Jersey, USA (east coast).

JB: Current Residence?
SJ: Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

JB: Fav surf break and why?
SJ: My home break Jenks, back in New Jersey, will always be my sentimental favorite.

Jenks (Pt. Pleasant, NJ, USA), March 1997.

JB: How did you get into bodyboarding?
SJ: Back in 1988, I was hanging out at the beach with some classmates. One of them had a Turbo XTC (vinyl deck with all the crazy 80's graphics and a hard slick). I borrowed it, paddled out, and after that first wave I was hooked on bodyboarding for life!

JB: How's life living in Brazil compared to home in the USA?
SJ: Life in Rio is definitely a bit of a learning experience after having grown up in a small coastal town on the US east coast. Winter there is pretty quiet, where as Copacabana is a very tourist-heavy destination almost year-round. Sometimes, I miss the mellow small town vibe but I don't miss winter in NJ or running across snow-covered beaches to jump into 3C waters for a surf. I love the more moderate winter temps in Rio, along with the more consistent and more powerful waves here at Posto 5 in Copacabana.


JB: You're a commentator for the APB, which is the world bodyboard tour. How did you get into commentating?
SJ: I started doing commentary, and beach announcing, on a regular basis while working on the USBA national tour. That was back in 2005. I worked commentary for my first world tour event in 2010 in Brazil.


1998 Morey Bodyboards Progression Sessions promotional tour in Pt. Pleasant, NJ...Tom Morey (Hawaii), Lanson Ronquilio (Hawaii), Alistair Taylor (South Africa), Keith Grace (New Jersey), Steve Jackson (New Jersey), and Jay Reale (Maryland) with the first bodyboard from 1971.

JB: Fav food and alcoholic drink?
SJ: Chicken chimichangas with sides of refried beans, Mexican rice, tortilla chips, salsa, guacemole, and an ice cold Pacifico beer to wash it all down.

JB: What is your other occupation, and tell us about it , besides commentating on the APB?
SJ: I try to pick up whatever side work I can. I work as a bodyboarding instructor. I occasionally work commentary for WSL South America. I'm a contributing writer for Riptide Bodyboarding. I work special events whenever possible. I'll even take the occasional painting job. Basically, whatever brings in a paycheck and allows me to continue to focus on the sport and lifestyle of bodyboarding.


JB: Best bit of advice your mum or dad gave you as a kid?
SJ: My personal favorite piece of advice is something my mom said to me before I started high school. "Don't get arrested, because we won't bail you out." I have never been arrested.


Reverse 360 take-off at Manasquan Inlet (Manasquan, NJ, USA), Summer 1996.

JB: Fav old skool board?
SJ: My first board, a 1988 Morey Mach 7-7. My father bought it for me, and I learned so much about wave riding on that first board.


JB: Fav old skool VHS video?
SJ: The first old school VHS bodyboarding video I ever got hooked on was the 'Kauai Classic: Future of Youth' video from 1990. Kyle Maligro, Harry Antipala, and Chris Tennberg were doing DK airs that are still progressive today!

JB: Dream surf trip and why?
SJ: For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to go on an Indonesian boat trip. The idea of taking a few weeks to cruise on a boat, chase waves, fish for dinner, and being rocked to sleep by the ocean at night just sounds like the trip of a lifetime. I'll make it happen one of these days!

Manasquan Inlet, October 1998.

JB: Who, when you were a grom, did you look up to in bodyboarding?
SJ: Mike Stewart and Jay Reale were my two greatest sources of inspiration. Mike, obviously, because he was the best in the world and Jay Reale because he was the first US east coast pro to really make a name for himself. I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

JB: What type of sled are you currently riding ?
SJ: GT Boards 41.5" Fire Dragon CT

JB: Who do you think has had the biggest influence in bodyboarding and making what it is to date?
SJ: For me, there are three names above all others that have shaped our sport. 9x World Champion Mike Stewart, 6x World Champion Guilherme Tâmega, and 3x World Champion Jeff Hubbard. If there were a Bodyboarding Hall Of Fame, those are the first three that I would vote in. No question in my mind.

Manasquan Inlet, October 1998.

JB: What other hobbies or pastimes are you into when you're not studying the history of bodyboarding or bodyboarding an epic break in Brazil?
SJ: I'm a huge fan of music and movies, and I love being able to take time to sit down and write.

JB: Favourite comp heat you've ever witnessed and commentated on?
SJ: Hubb's come from behind win at the 2011 Pipeline Pro. He was in combination situation with five minutes left in the heat, and dropped two scores in the 9 point range to win! Absolutely thrilling to watch!

JB: Who was the first famous bodyboarder you met many years ago that you were stoked to meet? Where was it and what comp?
SJ: When I was 15 (1990), I met Jay Reale and Paul Roach during a Morey promotional signing in Pt. Pleasant, NJ.

Manasquan Inlet, October 1998.

JB: Goals for the future in the way of bodyboarding?
SJ: My goals? I want to keep pushing my personal boundaries as a bodyboarder. Out of the water, I want to continue chronicling the history of our sport. With both, I want to keep going until the day I die!

JB: Your best achievement back in the day of competitive bodyboarding?
SJ: 3x ESA Central New Jersey Men's Bodyboarding District Champion.

JB: Have you ever tried vegemite?
SJ: The first time I ever tried vegemite was in Hawaii about five years ago. I forget who it was, but one of the Ozzies had a jar with him. I tried it spread on toast with butter for breakfast...been hooked ever since!

JB: That's awesome, mate! Gotta love the old vegemite. Thanks a million for your time. It was fun to interview you, Steve.
Cheers,
Justin
(Editor and Moderator )

Manasquan Inlet, October 1998
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September - October Sessions 2016

September - October Sessions 2016


  Just when I was ready to jump back into new BODYBOARDING 101 blogs, as well as updating older blogs, life went a little sideways on me...kind of like when you're bottom-turning on a wave and you lose your rail.  Yeah, well my plans for this blog sort of got lipped in the head for July and August. I just had too much going on all at once. Now that things have settled down, I'm ready to dive back in.  I'm looking forward to a busy September/ October and set up for a strong finish to the year for November/ December.  Not to get too far ahead of myself though, here's a quick rundown of what you can expect over the next couple of months.  As previously planned, I will be working on updating some of the older blogs while publishing new blogs for CURRENT EVENTS, RECAPS, INTERVIEWS, PROFILES, PRODUCT REVIEWS,  and more!  So, stay tuned to BODYBOARDING 101.

(SEPTEMBER)

Old Skool Bodyboarding's Steve Jackson Flash Interview

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

RECAP: 2016 APB Sintra Pro

NEWS UPDATE: Annaëlle Challenge Called Off for 2016

RECAP: 2015 Annaëlle Challenge

HISTORY: The Annaëlle Challenge

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

RECAP: 2016 APB Viana World Bodyboard Championship


(OCTOBER)


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