Kyle Ward: your new Western Australia bodyboarding champion | Photo: Surfing WA/Woolacott

Kyle Ward has been crowned the 2015 Western Australia bodyboarding champion, after triumphing at Pyramids Beach, Mandurah.

Ward confirmed a back-to-back victory in the SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles, before the third and final event in Perth. The bodyboarder from Joondalup drew the best lines and pulled off the most committed manoeuvres to defeat Jordan Ihms, Noah Symmans and Nathan Hutchins.

"I was a little nervous going up against all the younger groms in the final, but just stuck to my guns. I caught the waves I needed to and I'm stoked to be crowned the State Champion here in front of my family who came to support me," expressed Kyle Ward.

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Chris James: finding an exit at Bagpipes | Photo: Chris James Archive

Chris James is not afraid of impossible big waves. He chases them. He spent "12 Months In The Salt."

Big wave bodyboarding is a sub-scene where you can't find many riders obsessed with vertical drops and ultra deep barrels. Christopher Arthur Eric James doesn't care about the mainstream.

He lives in the underground world; in a place where jet skis tow bodyboarders into the deadliest Tahitian pits, with no seat belts or safety manuals. Well, there you go. Meet Nomad Big Wave Awards' first candidate.

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Shock Master Challenge: tricky entry

Rodrigo Correa has claimed the Shock Master Challenge 2015, in Itacoatiara, Brazil.

Shock is dangerous slab located in the one of the heaviest waves in Brazil. The rocky break only works when the swell is really powerful. And that was precisely what happened in the first days of May.

The Shock Master Challenge 2015 had 10 invitees in the Masters division: Guilherme and Rodrigo Correa, Gugu Barcellos, Rafael "Presunto", Rodrigo Monteiro, Guilherme Gianelli, André Paiva, Celio Baptista, Fabio Simonin and Paulo Esteves.

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