IBA World Tour: bodyboarders take control

The 2014 world bodyboarding tour will be held under a one world ranking system, with all events being Star-rated and sanctioned by the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB).

A revolution is taking place in professional bodyboarding. The newly-formed Association of Professional Bodyboarders will control the planetary circuit, in a completely new format.

"In a sense, we are going 'back to the future' to use a model that promotes growth. All events that meet the minimum prize-money and standards will be rated on the 2014 world tour", underlines the team behind APB.


Jeff Hubbard: founder of the Association of Professional Bodyboarders

The world's best bodyboarders have announced the creation of the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB).

Alex Leon, Mike Stewart, Jeff Hubbard, Mark McCarthy, Ryan Hardy, Craig Hadden, Guilherme Tâmega, Chico Garritano, Karla Costa and Diogo Marques are the founding riders of the newly formed Association of Professional Bodyboarders.

"The governing body that represents the world's bodyboarding athletes, event promoters and officials of the sport of Bodyboarding", it can be read in APB's Facebook page.

"This group is a collaboration of athletes, officials and event promoters to represent the athletes of the sport and to steer the sport into a positive direction and protect its credibility".


Mat surfing: the original prone riding

In the beginning, water sports fanatics were riding a mat. No wax, no design, no hard slick bottoms, no leash. Just pure fun in the waves. Mat surfing is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

The magic carpet that glided over the surface of the waves had its glory days, a long time ago. George Greenough is widely considered the father of modern mat surfing, although he is not the inventor of the object itself.

In the early 1960s, the creative rider born in Santa Barbara had already given birth to kneeboards. The air mattress revolution soon followed.