- 23 January 2014 | Bodyboarding
The 2014 IBA World Tour will not be run. The International Bodyboarding Association has announced that the professional circuit will resume in 2015.
A punch in the throat. A couple of months ago, Mike Stewart confirmed "there will be an IBA World Tour in 2014". Apparently, that is not going to happen.
Despite all the buzz around the newly formed Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB), riders, industry professionals, and event organizers were not able to build a new global competition from scratch.
- 21 January 2014 | Bodyboarding
The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) has confirmed that the Pipeline Pro will run between 18th-28th, at Banzai Pipeline, in Hawaii.
Details are scarce on the upcoming 2014 IBA World Tour schedule. The newly established Association of Professional Bodyboarders has only updated fans with a brief statement regarding the Pipeline Pro. Yes, it will be run.
After unveiling the background rules for the revamped 2014 IBA World Tour, the APB is still fine-tuning the entire season program. No sponsor updates, no prize-money information, to teaser, no media releases.
- 16 January 2014 | Bodyboarding
The 2014 IBA World Tour will offer a minimum prize-money of $25,000, and will definitely close the chapter of crowning champions based on previous year's result.
Professional bodyboarding is opening a new page. A one world ranking system, with all events being Star-rated, has already been announced, citing "volatility in the global economy".
Under the new format, the final make-up for the end of year rankings will include the rider's best half plus one rounded-up event points total. In an event where more than one rider has the same or equal points, all ties will be broken by going to the next best result on the 2014 tour.