Stephen Du Preez: living in the barrel

Stephen Du Preez has been crowned the 2014 South African bodyboarding champion, at Port Alfred, in the Eastern Cape.

The South African Bodyboarding Championships were greeted by a significant swell for the finals day, with outer banks and reefs breaking in the eight-foot plus range and West Beach in the four-foot plus.

The Pro final had South Africa's best guns battling for the national title. Nik Martin and Bradley Moys gave all they had, but Du Preez and Iain Campbell would discuss the trophy between themselves.

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Pierre-Louis Costes and Joana Schenker: different ways of celebrating European titles | Photos: FRMS

Pierre-Louis Costes and Joana Schenker are the 2014 European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) champions.

The last event of the European bodyboarding season was decisive. The Casablanca Bodyboard Pro crowned a local Moroccan rider - Ayoub Rachidi - and put smiles in the faces of two Old Continent performers.

Maxime Castillo knew he had a very tough job ahead, when Costes was able to reach the final. Pierre would only lose the 2014 European title if he finished fourth, and Maxime won the last heat. It didn't happen.

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Sumatra: waves and jungle

Ben Player has spent ten days in the Sumatra jungle, in Indonesia. In that period, he scored epic waves and filmed a short movie.

"Sumatrium." The title says it all. When Ben Player, Ed Saltau, Dean Fergus, and Rod Owens decided to get out from their comfort zone, they knew they would find something special.

"We went up to Sumatra in the hope of having an adventure by exploring some new surf locations to film and shoot, and we stumbled across some of the best surf locations we have ever laid eyes on," confirms Player.

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