Socrates Santana: the 2015 APB Pro Junior World Tour champion

For many, he was a complete stranger. The new 2015 APB Pro Junior World Tour champion came from a difficult social background and battled his way through to open a new hope for thousands of young bodyboarding talents.

His name is Socrates Santana. He was born on the 22nd November 1998, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He caught his first wave when he was nine years of age, at Copacabana.

Santana always lived by the beach, at Favela Pavao-Pavaozinho. His parents had a small business renting beach chairs and selling coconut water and drinks.

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Dave Winchester: a drop into a painting

Dave Winchester has been hunting beach breaks. As a result, you're invited to sit back, relax, and watch how it's done.

For many young riders, Dave Winchester is an idol. His all-around skills have conquered the world of bodyboarding, whether he's with a jersey on, or simply riding free, out in the wild.

Dave Winchester opted for not competing at a professional level in 2015. You can't blame him. But despite being out of the APB Tour, "Winny" kept training and fine-tuning his maneuvers in a wide variety of conditions.

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Jared Houston: the 2015 APB World Tour champion | Photo: APB

Jared Houston has been crowned the 2015 Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) World Tour champion, at Middles Beach, in Isabela, Puerto Rico.

Despite the challenging ocean conditions, the tension in the air, and the unexpected fallouts, November 9th will forever be remembered as one of the most unforgettable days in competitive bodyboarding. All three world title contenders lost heats, and it was Jeff Hubbard who decided the game.

Jared Houston was the first giant to fall. The South African, who led the rankings heading into the final event of the season, lost momentum and was forced to watch the world title race from dry sand.

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