Zicatela: the boys are back to the pit

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) had launched the provisional schedule for the 2014 APB World Tour.

While the IBA World Tour is on hold, the bodyboarding fans and athletes gather around the newly launched APB World Tour.

The first event of the season was the Pipe Challenge. The contest was run in average wave and technical conditions. Nevertheless, it was successfully concluded and won by Ben Player.


Lilly Pollard: high spirits

Lilly Pollard has broken her neck and back while surfing at Mystics Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

The pro bodyboarder who claimed the APB Pipe Challenge 2014 was taken to the Wollongong Hospital "with pain to her neck, head and lower extremities", according to newspaper the Illawarra Mercury.

The X-ray test shows that Pollard, 32, didn't suffer spinal damage although she remained in a "serious but stable condition".


Ben Veitch: small is beautiful

Ben Veitch has won the opening round of the 2014 Western Australia Bodyboard Titles, at Yallingup.

Waves were scarce, and the event was forced to go mobile in a true "wild west" search for the best waves on offer. Two spots were surfed - a reef and a beach break.

Veitch, from Margaret River, confirmed he's still a force to be reckoned with, defeating Western Australia up and comers George Humphreys and Lewy Finnegan in the Open Men's final.