Free Surf Bodyboarding World Tour: riders surf, fans vote | Photo: IBA/De Leon

The Free Surf Bodyboarding World Tour 2015 is on. The new world bodyboarding competition is debuting a new format, in which pro riders are judged by the fans.

Until February 15th, a group of 20 European bodyboarders will perform their best tricks in the best waves. Wearing an orange arm band, they'll try to put together a one-minute clip showcasing their ultimate highlights.

When all clips are published, bodyboarding fans from all over the world will be able to vote and decide who pulled out the most impressive video.

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Bodyboarding: fans will judge riders | Photo: Fronton King

Former IBA World Tour commentator and bodyboarding entrepreneur Manny Vargas has joined the newly-founded Free Surf World Tour, alongside multiple world-class riders.

The Free Surf World Tour (FSWT), founded by Liam O'Toole, is ready to go. Manny Vargas is in the boat, and the first event will run in Europe with the likes of Amaury Lavernhe, Pierre-Louis Costes, Diego Cabrera, Alex Uranga, and many more.

The new bodyboarding circuit will not compete directly with the APB World Tour. The whole format puts fans in the judging tower by allowing them to cast their opinion on who they think is the best free surfer on the planet.

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Bodyboarding: rocky breaks are peaky headaches | Photo: Unknown Author/Creative Commons

The entry and exit of rocky bodyboarding breaks can be a dangerous, life-threatening experience. Learn how to stay safe when entering and leaving the water.

Some reef breaks are tricky. Walking over slimy rocks with your fins on is not a comfortable moment, especially if waves are pounding, and the swell period is particularly short.

That is why using your board to protect you and get fast out the back is usually a good advice. Before entering the water - and even if you know the spot like the back of your hand - make sure you've studied all entry and exit options, and how you'll time your body between sets.

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