Joana Schenker: ready for the World Tour | Photos: Miss Sumol Cup

Joana Schenker has once again taken the Miss Sumol Cup 2015, in Ilhavo, Portugal.

The German-Portuguese bodyboarder successfully defended the 2014 title, after outdoing Catarina Sousa by a very narrow margin - only 0.75 points - as well as Marta Leitão, and the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard champion, Teresa Almeida.

Leitão kicked off the exciting final, Almeida immediately answered, but Sousa fought back with a strong 7.50-point ride. Schenker waited for the best wave and quickly moved to first place until the buzzer sounded.

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APB Tour: seven stages lined up for 2015 | Photo: Jimenez/APB Tour

Japan (Tahara), Portugal (Sintra and Nazaré) and Puerto Rico (Isabela). The 2015 APB World Bodyboarding Tour has confirmed the last four events of the season.

The bad news is that Teahupoo is no longer on the schedule. The organization led by Alex Leon didn't explain why Tahiti's best-known spot was dropped, but there's still a big wave bodyboarding break in the calendar. And that is Nazaré.

Amaury Lavernhe will start defending his commanding position in Japan. The Tahara Pro will run between September 4th-6th, at Long Beach or Loco Point.

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Jeff Hubbard: challenging gravity | Photo: Hubboards/Castiglione

When he's not competing in the APB World Tour, Jeff Hubbard always finds time to return to his Hawaiian Islands and win yet another bodyboarding contest.

This time, at the Sandy Beach Challenge, Jeff met Guilherme Tamega, Kahekili Labatte, and David Phillips in the Men's Pro final, held in two-to-five foot surf. The multiple-time world champion returned to the water for the first time since an injury left him landlocked.

"I am really happy to have come back and won my first event. Bodyboarding is blossoming, especially with this tour helping young guys come up and learn to compete, and we have kids that dominate and are better than any guys in the world. Sandy Beach is one of the birthplaces of bodyboarding; Pat Caldwell invented the El Rollo here. I come here a lot to enjoy the vibe with everybody," revealed Hubbard.

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