Free Surf World Tour: a new player in professional bodyboarding?

The Free Surf World Tour is a new planetary bodyboarding circuit started by Danny Bycroft and Liam O'Toole.

Professional bodyboarding has a new rebel tour. Danny Bycroft (former IBA and APB World Tour judge) and Liam O'Toole (former professional bodyboarder) have founded Free Surf Bodyboarding (FSB), a brand new bodyboarding organization that promises a revolution in the sport.

"In December 2014, FSB will begin a new free surf world tour which will cover all six continents with events in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Indian and Pacific oceans," Bycroft and O'Toole reveal.

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Matias Diaz: a Chilean star | Photo: ISA/Gonzalo Muñoz

The second day of competition at the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship was marked by high scores and high-performance prone riding.

Iquique delivered incredible waves and increased in size to four-to-six foot with occasional bigger sets at Punta 1, allowing for deep barrel rides, radical air sections, and critical turns.

In the Open Men's, a new high score of the event was posted by the local Chilean team member Matias Diaz, who earned an impressive total heat score of 16.67.

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Bodypo: a bodyboard/paipo made of cork and fiberglass | Photo: California Surfcraft

An alternative San Francisco-based surf craft company has developed a new kind of board. The "Bodypo" is shaped like a bodyboard but thin like a paipo.

The world is changing, and the surf industry is adapting to new times. California Surfcraft, a sustainable surfing project led by Dave Hahn, has designed a hybrid bodyboard/paipo board. In other words, the beautiful "Bodypo" combines the performance and response of a bodyboard with the speed of a paipo.

"The 'Bodypo' design and construction is a big step forward in sustainable surf design, while maintaining, and in some ways improving, on performance," Hahn tells SurferToday.com.

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