NMD Dbah Pro: solid ramps

Jake Stone has conquered the 2015 NMD Dbah Pro, at Duranbah Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

The rider from Queensland stole the show in the second stage of the 2015 Australian Bodyboard Association (ABA) Tour. Stone defeated Lachlan Cramsie in the Pro Men's final.

"It was pumping out there today. It's such a good wave to ride and makes it easy to compete in," noted Jake Stone, who takes the lead of the 2015 ABA Tour rankings.

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Pro bodyboarding: total commitment | Photo: Specker/IBA

It is one of the most important seasons in the history of professional bodyboarding. For 2015, the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) has launched an ambitious schedule and for the first time ever, a Pro Junior circuit with four stages.

The 2015 APB Men's World Tour might only kick off in June, but the stakes are high. There are 11 world-class venues locked in, including brand new stops in Nazaré, Maldives and Teahupoo. And yes, Mike Stewart returns to Tahiti, where he first introduced Teahupoo to the world of wave sports.

Despite the lack of support from the surf industry, professional bodyboarding has fallen but never died. The IBA World Tour dream almost ended in tragedy, but the legends of the sport rescued the boogie board and gave a new meaning to the word "passion."

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Jeff Hubbard: frequent flyer

Jeff Hubbard won the North American leg of the inaugural Free Surf Bodyboarding World Tour.

The Hawaiian bodyboarder collected 40.5 percent of all votes and comfortably took the North American title. Jorge Collomer, from Puerto Rico, took the silver medal with 23.6 percent of the votes while Jacob Romero tasted bronze with 11.8 percent.

"I am so happy to be part of this amazing new concept and to take out the first ever North American Free Surf event is a massive bonus," expressed Hubbard.

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