Jérémy Arnoux: local knowledge pays off | Photo: Picat

Jérémy Arnoux has conquered the Annaëlle Challenge 2014, held off the coast of Finistère, in France.

The most important bodyboarding competition in French waters was run in outstanding maritime conditions. The event is in its fifth edition, but it has never seen waves like these.

The early rounds had riders competing in 35-minute heats, with unlimited waves and the two best scores counting for the overall score. The grand final narrowed the fleet to four bodyboarders: Alex Uranga, David Le Fèvre, Jérémy Arnoux, and Pierre-Louis Costes.

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Bodyboarding in 1984: claiming is believing in yourself

In 1984, the bodyboard was hailed as "the most flexible wave riding vehicle in the world." Thirty years ago, surf narrator David Stanfield introduced ESPN viewers to a thrilling new sport in "The Beach Special."

The stars were Pat Caldwell, Mark Sutton, Ben Severson, Keith Sasaki, David Cunniff, Daniel Kaimi, Jack Lindholm, "JP" Patterson, Lisa Miller and a very young Mike Stewart.

If you were born after 1984, the following video may look and feel odd. That's the way it was. But if you lived the 1980s intensely, the footage, brands and faces may look familiar and nostalgic.

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Andrew Lester: barreled in Shark Island | Photo: APB/SIC

Andrew Lester has claimed the iconic Shark Island Challenge 2014, in Australia.

Pristine waves and sunny skies. The Shark Island Challenge 2014 got underway in perfect five-to-seven foot barrels pumping 100 metres off Cronulla Beach, New South Wales.

World-class bodyboarders had, once again, the opportunity to ride and taste the excruciating power of the "Surge" section of the reef. A Drop-Knee division has been added to the competition for the first time.

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