Lagoa de Óbidos: Portugal's newest natural standing wave

No, it is not Waimea's famous standing wave. And no, Jamie O'Brien is not here to hassle bodyboarders. Meet Portugal's finest static wave: Lagoa de Óbidos, a lagoon with a connection to Atlantic Ocean located in the country's central region.

Recently, the local authorities were forced to dredge sand, in order to restore the connection between the lagoon and the ocean. Without sea water, Lagoa de Óbidos loses oxygen and threatens multiple species.

A couple of bodyboarders knew what was about to happen and decided to test the temporary standing wave. Edgar Baptista and Tiago Henriques had the break just for themselves.

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Bodyboarding: the Nomad Big Wave Awards will honor the fearless | Photo: Specker

The Australian Bodyboard Association (ABA) and Nomad have teamed up to announce the sport's inaugural Big Wave Awards.

The Nomad Big Wave Awards will reward the biggest and heaviest picture or video captured between May and October, 2015. The competition is open to everyone around the globe.

"Bodyboarders are known as big wave pioneers throughout the surfing community and it's great to finally have an award that's going to recognize that," notes Nick Chandler, chairman at ABA.

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Tamega and Wingnut: the bodyboard fraternity

"Holding On" is the first ever feature length bodyboarding documentary about the Skid Kids.

The Skid Kids were a group of friends from Cronulla, Australia, who fought the early bodyboarding discrimination with a rad lifestyle and a profound passion for the sport.

In the late 80s, early 90s, three friends Dave Ballard, Matt Percy and Nathan "Nugget" Purcell started riding the notoriously dangerous waves of Cronulla on boogie boards.

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