2016 APB World Tour: hitting Pipeline, Teahupoo and Nazaré | Photo: APB

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) has announced the full calendar for the 2016 World Tour. And yes, Pipeline is back.

The 2016 APB Men's World Tour has 11 stages. There are a few surprises and a few deceptions. The bad news is that there won't be a contest run on the African continent and that North America keeps out of the pro bodyboarding scene.

On the other hand, the world's best pro bodyboarders will taste the power of Pipeline, Teahupoo, and Nazaré. The circuit is also making a return to El Fronton, in the Canary Islands, and to Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Riders will surf in the Caribbean for the first time.

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Andre Botha: he was honored by the Mayor of Honolulu

Andre Botha, the two-time world bodyboarding champion who saved Evan Geiselman from drowning at Pipeline, has been honored by Kirk Caldwell, the Mayor of Honolulu.

In the ceremony, the South African was praised for his heroic acts on the North Shore of Oahu. But Botha kept a humble posture and underlined the importance of the lifeguards when it comes to saving lives.

"I don't think of myself as a hero at all. The guys who are the real heroes are the lifeguards and emergency workers who do this job every single day," noted Andre Botha.

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Renan Faccini: boosting huge airs | Photo: Diego Villamarin

Renan "Crow" Faccini has been crowned winner of the South America/South Pacific stage of the 2015 Free Surf Bodyboarding (FSB) World Tour.

The last continental stage of the season included a hugely diverse number of regional surf spots. Bodyboarders from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans uploaded their best waves ridden in Brazil, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, Chile, and the Cook Islands.

The fans and the judges watched powerful wedges, idyllic warm water reefs, flat bottom cold water slabs, and beach breaks. But the South America/South Pacific stage could only have one winner. And it was the young rider from Santos who took it all.

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