Itacoatiara Pro: great waves, great rides | Photo: D'Andrea/APB

The world's best professional bodyboarders have completed the first round of waves at the Itacoatiara Pro 2016, in Brazil.

With classic six-foot rollers, riders had everything they needed to impress the judges. And Amaury Lavernhe didn't waste his opportunity. The former world champion won his Round 1 heat and is through to Round 3.

"It was a great start. The first heat always makes me anxious and win in the first round is important because it eliminates the Round 2. I will try to relax a bit and focus. I'm focused and happy to have caught good waves but, until the end, we have a long way to go," explained Lavernhe.

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Bodyboarding: the sport will be worth $141.5 million by 2020 | Photo: Jimenez/ISA

A research company believes that the bodyboarding market will grow 43 percent between 2015 and 2020.

Technavio expects that the bodyboarding market value will rise from $98.5 million in 2015 to $141.5 million by 2020. The estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is of 7 percent.

The firm says that the demand for outdoor sports continues to grow, and it will help push the water sport into the nine-digit valuation.

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Morey Boogie: the black rails are a trademark of Wham-O

Wham-O, the company that owns the brands Morey Boogie and BZ, is asking fifteen US bodyboarding companies to stop producing boards with black rails.

The toy firm headquartered in California wants to make sure its unusual 30-year-old trademark is effectively respected and protected.

"We are not suing anyone. We are simply going to enforce the trademarks and patents that the previous owners did not. We are working with companies to do it in a fair and easy way," a manager at Wham-O tells SurferToday.

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