Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz: rough waters | Photo: O'Neill CwC

A 47-year old bodyboarder has lost his life at Its Beach, Santa Cruz, Northern California.


James Zenk, from Mountain View, was catching waves in 12-foot surf when he was suddenly dashed against rocks near the Santa Cruz Lighthouse. The rider had previously declined help from Santa Cruz Fire rescuers on jet skis.

According to Battalion Chief Mike Venezio, "a huge set sucked him toward the toilet bowl". Two rescue swimmers dived in, but they immediately feared for their own lives as big waves kept hitting the rocks.

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World Bodyboarding Tour: new name, the same waves

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) has announced there will be a new global circuit named World Bodyboarding Tour.


The International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) and the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) will be working separately.

Alex Leon, the APB general manager, has announced that professional riders could not reach an agreement with IBA regarding the 2014 world tour.

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IBA World Tour: riding the wrong way

From the USA and Australia to South Africa and Portugal, worldwide bodyboarding fans are in a state of shock. The IBA World Tour 2014 will not be run.


Rage, frustration and desolation. Fans are truly angry with the news that put professional bodyboarding on-hold. With a no-go decision, the IBA World Tour will not be crowning a champion in 2014.

After hearing that the International Bodyboarding Association (IBA) and the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) had decided to postpone/cancel the circuit, bodyboard enthusiasts invaded the social networks with criticism and even humor.

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