Monday, October 16, 2017

Ben Severson Announces Return of the BEN Board

1986 World Champion Ben Severson Announces Return of the Legendary BEN Board!

The Legendary BEN Board will be re-released through BSD Bodyboards!

  Yesterday (Sunday, October 15th), 1986 Bodyboarding World Champion Ben Severson announced through his Facebook page that BSD Bodyboards (Ben Severson Designs), will be returning to the worldwide market, and that he will be bringing back the legendary BEN Board model!

"The BEN boards are coming.  BSD is back into the retail market worldwide.  I would love to hear your comments!" - Ben Severson

Ben Severson Designs

Stay tuned to BODYBOARDING 101 for more news as this story develops.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Ben Severson on Facebook

Mike Stewart Designs Bodyboard for Nazaré

Mike Stewart Creates Science Bodyboards Praia do Norte Model!

Mike Stewart presenting the Praia do Norte model from Science Bodyboards to Walter Chicharro, President of the Chamber of Nazaré.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with the city of Nazaré, to create boards specifically designed to suit this apex beach break.  The city has supported bodyboarding and myself over the years, so I am stoked to support Nazaré."  -9x World Champion Mike Stewart

The Science Bodyboards Praia do Norte model.

Limited Edition. Only 2 units on Planet Earth!

If there is any one bodyboarder on the planet, above all others, that has the wave riding knowledge and experience to design a bodyboard for use at Nazaré, Mike Stewart is most certainly that guy!

At 53 years old, during the 2016 APB Nazaré Pro, 9x Bodyboarding World Champion Mike Stewart paddled out at Praia do Norte and kicked into a few bombs like this...with no jet ski assistance!

Mike Stewart is the first and only bodyboarder on the Nazaré Wall of Fame.

For more information about Nazaré and the Praia do Norte model from Science Bodyboards, please be sure to visit:

Praia do Norte on Facebook

Praia do Norte Nazaré website

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nelson Flores Has Won the 2017 APB Pro Junior World Title

Nelson Flores (Chile) is the 2017 APB Pro Junior World Champion!

"Nacho" Flores with Manny Vargas after claiming the 2017 APB Pro Junior world title!

  Nelson "Nacho" Flores, from Chile, has clinched the 2017 APB Pro Junior world title at Fronton King (Galdar, Canary Islands), the final event of the 2017 world tour season.  In doing so, Nelson has become the first Chilean to win a bodyboarding world tour championship! Felicitaciones, Nacho!!!

"Action" Jackson with Chileans "Nacho" Flores and Alex Castillo at the 2017 APB Itacoatiara Pro in Brazil.

For more information, be sure to visit:

APB Tour website

APB Tour on Facebook

Fronton King on Facebook

Stay tuned to Bodyboarding 101 for a full RECAP of the 2017 APB Fronton King Festival!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

RECAP: 2017 APB Nazaré Pro

RECAP: 2017 APB Nazaré Pro


DATE: October 3rd-12th

LOCATION: Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal

Praia do Norte local Antonio Cardoso claimed his first world tour win at his home break! Photo: APB


3rd- Alan Muñoz (Chile)
4th- Diego Cabrera (Canary Islands)


1st- Antonio Cardoso (Portugal)
2nd- Iain Campbell (South Africa)

Japanese competitors Ayaka Suzuki and Sari Ohhara swept the top two spots in the Women's Pro. Photo: APB


3rd- Isabela Sousa (Brazil)
4th- Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)


1st- Ayaka Suzuki (Japan)
2nd- Sari Ohhara (Japan)

The Nazaré Pro Junior finalists. Photo: APB


1st- Txomin Lopes (Basque)
2nd- Menelik Nazir (Canary Islands)
3rd- Eddy Mangenot (France)
4th- Miguel Ferreira (Portugal)

Joana Schenker (Portugal) clinched the 2017 Women's world title at Nazaré. Photo: APB

Iain Campbell (South Africa) secured the 2017 Men's world title at Nazaré. Photo: APB

Press Releases:

APB: All Hail Queen Joana of Portugal

Surfer Today: Joana Schenker Wins Maiden APB Women's World Tour Title

APB: Antonio Cardoso is the New King of Nazaré

Surfer Today: Iain Campbell is the 2017 APB World Tour Champion

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

APB Tour website

APB Tour on Facebook

Friday, October 13, 2017



Just go bodyboarding. Last I checked, Jason Voorhees never attacked any bodyboarders.

Friday The 13th Survival Tips:

1. Don't go swimming in a lake, especially Crystal Lake.

2. Don't have sex.

3. Don't smoke cigarettes.

4. Don't drink.

5. Don't do drugs.

6. Don't go out by yourself, especially walking in the woods.

7. Don't split up. Always stay with the group.

8. Don't run from the killer.

9. If you trip, get up and run.

10. Always turn on the lights before entering any room.

11. Never run upstairs to hide.

12.  Just go bodyboarding. Last I checked, Jason Voorhees never attacked any bodyboarders.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Iain Campbell Wins 2017 APB Men's World Title

South African Iain Campbell is the 2017 APB Men's World Champion!

Iain Campbell getting chaired up the beach at Praia do Norte after clinching the 2017 Men's title.

  At the 2017 APB Nazaré Pro in Portugal (October 3rd-12th), Iain Campbell has claimed the 2017 Men's World Tour title.  He is only the third South African bodyboarder in history to become world champion, following in the footsteps of 2x World Champion Andre Botha (1998, 1999) and Jared Houston (2015).  Congrats, bru!!!

Surfer Today press release

Stay tuned to Bodyboarding 101 for a full RECAP of the 2017 Nazaré Pro.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB Tour on Facebook

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Joana Schenker Wins 2017 APB Women's World Title

Joana Schenker Wins 2017 APB Women's World Title

2017 Women's Bodyboarding World Champion Joana Schenker. Photo: APB

  At the 2017 APB Nazaré Pro in Portugal (October 3rd-12th)), Joana Schenker claimed the 2017 Women's world title on home turf.  In capturing the title at Praia do Norte, the 4x European Champion from Sagres became the first bodyboarder from Portugal to ever become a world tour champion.  Parabens, Joana!

APB Press Release

Surfer Today Press Release

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB Tour on Facebook

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Mark McCarthy Wins 2017 SA Champs Men's Pro Title

Mark McCarthy is the 2017 South African Men's Bodyboarding Pro Champion!

LOCATION: Durban, South Africa

DATE: October 1st- 7th

"Bowtie" taking home some hardware as 2017 South African Men's Pro Champion!

Stay tuned for a full recap of the 2017 South African Bodyboarding Championships here at Bodyboarding 101!

Also, be sure to visit these sites for more information:

South African Bodyboarding Champs on Facebook

SA Champs 2017 website

Friday, October 6, 2017


Happy National Noodle Day!

  October 6th is National Noodle Day in the United States!

Traditional Japanese Soba (Buckwheat noodles, pork, egg, and greens in broth). Photo taken by Manny Vargas at Soy Japa in Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

  Numerous types of noodles can be found in different countries around the world.  from European style noodles such as Hungarian egg noodles and German spaetzle to the various Italian styles like spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair to Asian styles such as Japanese soba, Chinese lamian, and Vietnamese bahn pho to vegetable based noodles like kelp noodles and "zoodles" (made from zucchini), there are hundreds of different styles of noodles to choose from! Regardless of which noodle dish is your favorite, whether it be a heaping plate of hot noodles with sauce or a steaming bowl of noodle soup, there's never really a bad time to dive into some noodles.  Growing up in a largely Italian and German family, I've always enjoyed getting my noodle fix just about any time of the day...lunch, dinner, or even as a snack after a bodyboarding session!  What's your favorite noodle dish?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October Sessions

#TBT #OctoberSessions

Manasquan, New Jersey, USA

October 1998

Photos by Louis Brzozowski.

  Having grown up bodyboarding in New Jersey, I'v developed a fondness for Fall in the northeastern United States.  The early Autumn months of September and October are my favorite time of year.  It's October, specifically, though that is truly magical for me!

The water is, generally, still warm to the point that there are days when the water temps are warmer than the air first thing in the morning.  The waves are pretty consistent this time of year, with the occasional late-season hurricane buzzing by to pump in some additional swell.

The sunsets paint the sky in an explosion of brilliant colors that shimmer across the surface of the ocean while your out in the line-up during a late day session.  It almost feels like you've gotten absorbed into a Bob Ross painting.  It's just beautiful.

Plus, there's just something extremely cozy about finishing up a good session, going back to your car, peeling out of your wetsuit, and slipping into you favorite hoodie and pair of jeans.  If I could find a way to be back home in New Jersey every October, trust me I would go for it!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Happy National Taco Day!

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Mmmmmm, pork tacos with guacamole in Northern Baja, Mexico.

  Today is National Taco Day in the United States! So, why not indulge a little...because who doesn't love tacos?!?  And what better way to cap off a solid bodyboarding session than a post-session taco grind?!?  Be sure to hit up your favorite Mexican restaurant today and enjoy...YEEEWWW!!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

RECAP: Viana World Bodyboard Championship

RECAP: Viana World Bodyboard Championship

An APB Men's World Tour and Pro Junior World Tour event

DATE: September 26th- October 1st, 2017

LOCATION: Viana do Castelo, Portugal


1st- Lionel Medina (Canary Islands)
2nd- Noah Capdeville (France)

Iain Campbell getting chaired up the beach by fellow South Africans Tristan Roberts and Luke Kitchin after winning the Men's Final at Viana.  Photo: APB.


1st- Iain Campbell (South Africa)
2nd- Pierre Louis Costes (France)

(Left to Right) Uri Valadão (Brazil), Lewy Finnegan (Australia), Iain Campbell (S. Africa), and Pierre Louis Costes (France) indulge in a Champagne shower on the Men's Podium. Photo: APB;


Official APB Press Release

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official APB Website

APB on Facebook

Monday, October 2, 2017

RECAP: 2017 Madeira Bodyboard Girls Experience

RECAP: 2017 Madeira Bodyboard Girls Experience

Contest Window: September 19th- 24th, 2017

Location: Madeira Island, Portugal

1.  Sari Ohhara (Japan)
2.  Neymara Carvalho (Brazil)

Rider: Sari Ohhara. Photo: APB

Official APB Press Release: Sari Ohhara Wins Madeira

Video Highlights:

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Official APB Tour Website

APB Tour on Facebook

Bodyboard Girls Experience on Facebook

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Welcome to OCTOBER!

Welcome to OCTOBER!

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

If you're on your way to the beach at La Push in Forks, WA you might notice this sign.  You won't run into any sparkly vampires at the beach, but I can't guarantee you won't run into any shape-shifting wolves though.  Regardless, if you go for a Twilight surf  session at La Push send me some photos and let me know how it was. PHOTO: Robin Rixon.

  Okay, so I'm pretty stoked that I achieved my goal of A Blog A Day in September. 30 days, 30 blogs.  I'm looking forward to keeping it going in October.  Lots of things to get into this month.  I'll have recaps for the Madeira Bodyboard Girls Experience, The Sintra Pro, and the Viana Pro events in Portugal as well as the final events of the 2017 APB World Bodyboarding Tour at Nazaré, Fronton, and La Guancha.  There will also be an assorted mix of blogs covering various bodyboarding topics as well as more fun national and international holiday tie-in blogs.  Lastly, October 2017 just so happens to have a FRIDAY THE 13TH to go along with my favorite holiday of the year, HALLOWEEN. You'll all just have to check back to see what gets conjured up!  Until then, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Saturday, September 30, 2017


Happy International Podcast Day!

A Blog A Day 2017: Blog #30

Saturday, September 30th

DK legend Paul Roach joined Manny Vargas for the premiere edition of the BoogLIFE podcast.

  Today is International Podcast Day!  If you're looking for a really good, bodyboarding-related podcast to subscribe to, BoogLIFE is an absolute must!  Join Manny Vargas as he brings you in-depth interviews with some of the biggest names in bodyboarding history! is the place.  Check it out!  YEEEWWW!!!

Friday, September 29, 2017


Happy National Coffee Day!

A Blog A Day 2017: Blog #29

Friday, September 29th

  Today is National Coffee Day in the United States!  Many businesses across the country are offering special deals, from discounts to free coffee.  So, whether you are on your way to work, dropping your kids off at school, or heading to the beach for a morning surf check don't forget to stop off and grab a hot cup o' Joe along the way!

On National Coffee Day, businesses like WaWa convenience stores are offering FREE COFFEE!

Be sure to check the links below for lists of businesses offering special deals, discounts, and FREE COFFEE today!

MONEY: Free Coffee Deals National Coffee Day 2017

DELISH: National Coffee Day Free Coffee 2017

TODAY: National Coffee Day Steals Deals 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Happy Birthday, Diego Roberto!

Happy Birthday, Diego Roberto!

A Blog A Day 2017: Blog #28

Thursday, September 28th

Diego at Posto 5. Photo: JC Rodrigues.

  One of the first people I was introduced to when I started coming down to Rio de Janeiro, and spending time in Copacabana, was Diego Roberto.

Matheus Bastos, Jonathan Cardoso, Diego Roberto, Flavio Brito, Socrates Santana, and Steve Jackson at the 2016 Itacoatiara Pro. #FamiliaP5

  In the five years that I have been living in Copacabana, full time, Diego has become like a brother to me.  At this point, he's family.

Diego, about to hit the water at the 2014 Arica Chilean Challenge.

  Whether we are riding waves at home at Posto 5, cruising for waves in Chile, on the beach instructing students during Escola Guilherme Tâmega bodyboarding classes, or sitting back to relax and enjoy a P5 family party, I'm stoked to know this guy!

Professor Diego with the Escola Guilherme Tâmega social project in Copacabana.

Steve Jackson, Diego Roberto, Socrates Santana, and Diego Ramos on the beach in Copacabana during an Escola Guilherme Tâmega bodyboarding class.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Happy World Tourism Day!

A Blog A Day 2017: Blog #27

Wednesday, September 27th

Manny Vargas and "Action" Jackson acting like tourists on the North Shore of Oahu during a break from the 2011 Pipeline Pro. Mmmmm, shave ice from Matsumoto's!

  It's always fun to go out and explore your surroundings whether your cruising your local zones, out of state, or in another country. What better day to get out and discover something new than World Tourism Day?  You don't have to travel 1000 kilometers just to experience something new. Your next great adventure could be just up the road. So, no matter where you may be, get out there and see what you uncover! Enjoy... YEEEWWW!!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Projeto Escola Guilherme Tâmega

Projeto Escola Guilherme Tâmega

The Guilherme Tâmega Bodyboard School Social Project

A Blog A Day 2017: Blog # 26

Tuesday, September 26th

  The Guilherme Tâmega School was founded by 6x World Champion Guilherme Tâmega in 2002.  This social project works with up to 40 kids from the favelas of Pavão-Pavãozinho, Cantagalo, Chapeu Mangueira in Leme, and Morro Azul in Flamengo.  Classes take place at the world famous Copacabana Beach.

EGT students being coached on proper hand and body positioning.

  The school has built a reputation for developing world class competitors, such as Socrates Santana and Matheus Bastos.  Socrates Santana began with the social project at 10 years old, and went on to become 2x Pro Junior World Champion.  Both Socrates and Matheus now compete on the APB Men's World Tour.

Former star EGT student and 2x Pro Junior World Champion Socrates Santana visiting the school along with Women's World Tour competitor Ayaka Suzuki (Japan).

  The Escola Guilherme Tâmega meets every Tuesday and Thursday morning, on the beach in Copacabana (across the street from the Rio Othon Palace Hotel), 8:30-10:30am.  Students go through a series of warm-up exercises and stretching at the start of each class, before embarking on a short 2km beach run.  They receive instruction about equipment maintenance, environmental awareness, water safety, and wave riding technique.

After the conclusion of the APB Itacoatiara Pro world tour event, bodyboarding legend Manny Vargas (California, USA) paid a visit to the EGT.

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

Escola Guilherme Tâmega on Facebook

Monday, September 25, 2017



A Blog A Day 2017: Blog #25

Monday, September 25th

Artwork from Surf & Comics 'Zombies Don't Surf!'

  Do you like to bodyboard and/or surf?  Do you like zombie stories?  Do you like comic books?  If you said yes to any of the previous questions (or all of them, like me), then 'Zombies Don't Surf!' from Surf & Comics is definitely something you might want to check out!!!  Written by Maxi Gonzalez with artwork by Pablo Ballesteros, this comic book is a great way to kill some time, whether during a flat spell or during a flight, and what better day than "National Comic Book Day" to go pick up a copy?  I just don't recommend letting the groms read it right before bedtime. Enjoy!

'Zombies Don't Surf!" Script by Maxi Gonzalez. Art by Pablo Ballesteros.

For more information about Surf & Comics and 'Zombies Don't Surf' please be sure to check out the links below:

Surf & Comics on Facebook

Zombies Don't Surf! article from Surfer Today

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Happy Birthday, Monstro!

Happy Birthday, Monstro!

A Blog A Day 2017: Blog #24

Sunday, September 24th

Monstro. Posto 5.  YEEEWWW!!!

  In five years of living in Copacabana (Rio de Janeiro), I've been blessed with a great circle of friends here.  One of those friends is Alexandre Girão, aka "Monstro" ("Monster").

Alexandre with the GoPro bodysurf selfie!
  No matter where we're at, or what we're up to, we always have a lot of fun hanging out together.  Whether loungin' around on the beach, bodyboarding at P5, or watching NFL games, I'm stoked to have him as a friend.

Alexandre and me, enjoying the hospitality of the Austria House during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Happy Birthday, brother!  Parabens, meu irmão!