Bodyboarding: a well-respected sport in Australia

The inaugural Wahu Australian Bodyboard Titles will be held for the first time during the Australian Surf Festival.

The event will run at Coffs Harbour, home to a number of great beach break options that work in a variety of wind and swell conditions.

The main base for the event will be Park Beach, which is located north east of the Coffs Harbour CBD.

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Jared Houston: he loved the Itacoatiare wedges | Photo: Tony Dandrea/APB World Tour

Jared Houston has claimed the Itacoatiara Pro 2014, held in Niteroi, Brazil.

The South African bodyboarder defeated former world champion Pierre Louis Costes, in the decisive heat, with thick six-foot waves pumping in the Brazilian wedge.

Houston had a tough clash in the quarterfinals, as he had to beat an in-form Mike Stewart. The Hawaiian proved that age is no barrier, and forced Jared to give all he had.

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2014 Itacoatiara Pro: this wave is amazing | Photo: Tony Dandrea/APB World Tour

The Itacoatiara Pro 2014 kicked off with powerful 6-8 foot (2-to-2.5 meter) waves.

Six months later, the APB World Tour 2014 is in the water. Round 1 was full of Brazilians eager to show off their skills in the agitated surf. As competition moved to Round 2, Lucas Faria scored the highest wave score of the day: a 9-point wave.

In Round 3, experience paid off. Wildcard Dudu Pedra used his local knowledge to advance in second place behind Israel Salas. Salas scored an 8.75 and 7.50 for 16.25 points, the highest heat total of the event so far.

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