Praia do Cabedelo: world class waves | Photo: SOS Cabedelo

Foz Mondego Bodyboard Association is proud to present the 1st Figueira Bodyboard European Pro Júnior, and we believe this contest is the beginning of major international bodyboard junior event in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

This event is the first of its kind in Europe and aims to develop Junior Bodyboarders throughout Europe, as well as being the springboard for other countries to organize similar events. The event is a special event sanctioned by the International Bodyboarding Association and is part of a project to raise the organizational level of Júnior Bodyboarding worldwide.

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US Open of Bodyboarding: watch out, it's the pier

Today we opened The US Open of Bodyboarding with the Expression Session, featuring the Top Pro Riders and Top Amateur Riders from around the globe.

The Men’s Pro division started first thing this morning for an expression session, along with Drop Knee and Open Amateurs. Guilherme Tamega was a standout in the Expression Session, with countless combos and maneuvers in wave selection. Chris “Won Ton” Taloa showed us how to stand up on a boogie.

Dave Hubbard was killing it in Drop Knee, connecting waves from all the way on the outside to the inside on shore. For the Amateurs, Rocket was a superstar out in the water, and was even showing up the pros!

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Bodyboarding: thank you, Mr. Tom Morey

Bodyboarding was invented in 1971, by the American surfer, entrepreneur and musician Tom Morey. On July 7, he cut a rectangular shape of polyethylene foam and covered it with newspaper.

The first bodyboard was born and history was made. Bodyboarding will be 40 years old in 2011.

Also called 'boogie board', because of Tom's passion for music (the boogie rhythm), the new wave riding formula was inspired in the Bahá'í Faith, a religion that focus on the spiritual unity of all humankind.

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