Pro bodyboarding: total commitment | Photo: Specker/IBA

It is one of the most important seasons in the history of professional bodyboarding. For 2015, the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) has launched an ambitious schedule and for the first time ever, a Pro Junior circuit with four stages.

The 2015 APB Men's World Tour might only kick off in June, but the stakes are high. There are 11 world-class venues locked in, including brand new stops in Nazaré, Maldives and Teahupoo. And yes, Mike Stewart returns to Tahiti, where he first introduced Teahupoo to the world of wave sports.

Despite the lack of support from the surf industry, professional bodyboarding has fallen but never died. The IBA World Tour dream almost ended in tragedy, but the legends of the sport rescued the boogie board and gave a new meaning to the word "passion."

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Jeff Hubbard: frequent flyer

Jeff Hubbard won the North American leg of the inaugural Free Surf Bodyboarding World Tour.

The Hawaiian bodyboarder collected 40.5 percent of all votes and comfortably took the North American title. Jorge Collomer, from Puerto Rico, took the silver medal with 23.6 percent of the votes while Jacob Romero tasted bronze with 11.8 percent.

"I am so happy to be part of this amazing new concept and to take out the first ever North American Free Surf event is a massive bonus," expressed Hubbard.

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Mark McCarthy: flying to victory at Yo-Yo's reef | Photo: KWCC

The one and only Mark McCarthy has been crowned king of the Kumba West Coast Classic 2015, held in warm offshore winds and perfect two-to-three foot waves at Yo-Yo's reef.

The tow-out final was tough as the wind started to come up. But Mark McCarthy and Sacha Specker wouldn't be slowed down, timing each was perfectly and flying higher and higher each time.

Both Dylan's were left playing catch-up for most of the heat. When the final buzzer went, Mark McCarthy came first, Sacha Specker second, Dylan van Tonder third and Dylan le Roux fourth.

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