Ray Babauta: name his tricks if you can | Photo: PIC Saipan

Surprises come from where you least expect them. In the Northern Mariana Islands, a bodyboarding competition unveiled unimagined talents pulling off impossible tricks and maneuvers.

Welcome to the 2015 PIC Saipan International Point Break Competition, a bodyboard and flowboard contest founded in 1998. The event attracts local riders and athletes from the USA, Korea, Japan, Philippines and Russia.

The rules are quite simple. Open and Expert competitors get two 45-second rides to showcase their best moves. The best ride is seeded into the elimination bracket; winners area announced across 12 divisions.

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Pierre-Louis Costes: doing his trademark backflips | Photo: Sintra Portugal Pro

Pierre-Louis Costes and Jessica Becker have conquered the Sintra Portugal Pro 2015, at Praia Grande.

The French bodyboarder who lives in Portugal defeated the South African talent Iain Campbell in the decisive heat, held in a wind-affected, bumpy two-to-three-foot line-up.

Costes only needed four waves to claim the title. The former world champion sealed the deal with his first couple of riders, earning himself a total of 15.50 points. Campbell caught eight waves, but he never got a high backup score.

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2015 Sintra Portugal Pro: punchy lips | Photo: Sintra Portugal Pro

Amaury Lavernhe suffered a shocking early exit at the 2015 Sintra Portugal Pro.

The 2015 APB World Tour rankings leader finished third in Round 4, and he is out of the competition being held in Praia Grande. The bodyboarder from Reunion Island was eliminated by Israel Salas and Anas Hadar.

"I'm frustrated with the way I lost. If I lose because my opponents surfed better than me it's easier to face, but what happened was that I could not find the waves against Israel Salas and Anas Hadar, who are very dangerous in these conditions," expressed Lavernhe.

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