Paddling for a wave: bodyboarders use arms, legs and fins | Photo: Creative Commons/Blas Brains

Bodyboarders use their arms, legs and fins to catch waves. Learn how to improve your bodyboard paddling and don't let those fast rollers slip away.

Unlike surfers, bodyboarders are able to combine the power of arms, legs and feet to paddle in salted water. But you have to do it rhythmically and in cooperative mode.

"When you're paddling through flat water, use your arms; when you're paddling through turbulent water use your legs, and when you need to get somewhere quickly, use both your arms and legs," explains Rob Barber, author of "The Bodyboard Manual."

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Stephen Du Preez: living in the barrel

Stephen Du Preez has been crowned the 2014 South African bodyboarding champion, at Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape.

The South African Bodyboarding Championships were greeted by a significant swell for the finals day, with outer banks and reefs breaking in the eight-foot plus range and West Beach in the four-foot plus.

The Pro final had South Africa's best guns battling for the national title. Nik Martin and Bradley Moys gave all they had, but Du Preez and Iain Campbell would discuss the trophy between themselves.

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Pierre-Louis Costes and Joana Schenker: different ways of celebrating European titles | Photos: FRMS

Pierre-Louis Costes and Joana Schenker are the 2014 European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) champions.

The last event of the European bodyboarding season was decisive. The Casablanca Bodyboard Pro crowned a local Moroccan rider - Ayoub Rachidi - and put smiles in the faces of two Old Continent performers.

Maxime Castillo knew he had a very tough job ahead, when Costes was able to reach the final. Pierre would only lose the 2014 European title if he finished fourth, and Maxime won the last heat. It didn't happen.

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