Rockaway Beach: no bodyboarding | Photo: New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

New York City has banned bodyboarding in all public beaches.

The New York City Parks Department has issued a ban on boogie boards. Anyone trying to enter the water with a bodyboard will face penalties.

The unprecedented decision was taken by Jill Weber, administrator at the Parks Department Rockaways. Apparently, the bodyboarding ban is on since two kids got swept out around Beach 33r with their boards, during tropical storm Bertha.


Alan Munoz: experience pays off | Photo: APB/Pablo Jimenez

The top 16 bodyboarders in the world have entered competition at the 2014 Arica Chilean Challenge.

El Gringo is up and firing. The non-elimination round saw former world champion Uri Valadão scoring a couple of rare right-hand gems and skipping to Round 5. Amaury Lavernhe followed the Brazilian.

Guilherme Tâmega scored a 9.67 barrel ride, tying Diego Cabrera for the highest score of the event so far, on his way to winning his Round 3 heat. Ben Player, a world title contender, also displayed an impressive performance and is through to Round 5.


Adam Keegan: getting those rails locked in

Adam Keegan and Shauna Gillett have taken out the 2014 Australian Bodyboard Titles, in four-foot waves at Gallows Beach, New South Wales.

Keegan, a former pro bodyboarder from Mount Coolum, won the Senior Mens division in the dying minutes of the inaugural Wahu Australian Bodyboard Titles held in Coffs Harbour.

"This is the first time I've competed in a national titles in close to 20 years, so I'm stoked to win it. I guess my main plan out there was to just get two good waves. Fortunately, I got that last wave in the final minutes to get the win," says Adam Keegan.