Swell Hunters: charging hard

They're the "Swell Hunters," ladies and gentlemen. If you're a bodyboarder, you'll be proud of Ted O'Connor and friends. They absolutely shred.

There's surf rage, priority issues, boogie board versus shortboard drama, insane whitewater rides, high-end bodyboarding tips, blood, puking, and huge waves.

"We had our own rule. If you didn't charge, you'd have to find your way home," reveals one of the Australian chargers. However, a dangerous wipeout changed it all and left one of the members of "Swell Hunters" traumatized for a decade.

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Amaury Lavernhe: the champion will open his bodyboarding academy | Photo: Rommel/ISA

Amaury Lavernhe has announced the launch of his signature bodyboarding academy.

The two-time world bodyboarding champion will kick off the Amaury Academy in 2016, with courses adapted to all levels of experience. The rider from Reunion Island will start working with students in France, Portugal, Cabo Verde, Spain, Morocco, and Martinique.

"The Amaury Academy is a new project I'm working on since few months now. It's a worldwide bodyboarding and training school where I will share my knowledge and skills with riders," explains Lavernhe.

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Mike Stewart: a bodysurfing master | Photo: McKenna/TRVL Surf

Mike Stewart is one of the most complete watermen on Earth. What many don't know is that the bodyboarding legend is a prolific bodysurfer, too.

Bodysurfing is the art of riding waves with the human body. Mike Stewart says, "it's probably the original form of wave riding." No boards, no leashes, no gear. It's just you and Nature.

"A lot of times in life, things get so complicated. There's so many aspects; there's more and more things. It's a constant information overload with everything. To me when you go bodysurfing, it's a way of simplifying everything," reveals Stewart.

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