Amaury Lavernhe: two victories in three years at Itacoatiara | Photo: APB/Josh Tabone

Amaury Lavernhe has taken out the Itacoatiara Pro 2015, in Niteroi, Brazil.

It is always a good start to win the opening event of the season. The 2015 APB World Bodyboarding Tour completed the first challenge of the year in spectacular ocean conditions, with waves hitting the 15-foot range.

The 2014 APB World Tour champion from Reunion Island defeated Uri Valadão in the final, with a solid result. Lavernhe collected a total of 15 points against the Brazilian's 5 points.

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Surf Skooter: what are you going to do with it? | Photo: Surf Skooter

A bodyboard for kneeboarding, surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and, of course, for bodyboarding. Can you imagine that? Well, if it gets real, it will be Surf Skooter.

Michael Hoskins, the inventor of Surf Skooter, dreams of creating an entirely new market segment for this bodyboard with retractable handle bars. He says it's all about "improving upon Morey's original concept and extending the thrill of the ocean to millions more."

Anyone can ride the Surf Skooter. Young, old, and by people with prosthetics and other disabilities, too. The new product features an optional towing accessory that allows everyone to ride behind a boat.

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Iain Campbell: flying above Itacoatiara | Photo: Tony D'Andrea/APB

It's on. The 2015 APB World Bodyboarding Tour is finally underway.

The first event of the season is the Itacoatiara Pro. The Brazilian event kicked off with solid two-to-2.5 meter (6-8 feet) waves and multiple strong currents. A tricky challenge for all riders, indeed.

After the initial exchanges, the competition entered Round 3 with Matias Dias, from Chile, confirming a total heat score of 15.25 points. However, six-time world champion Guilherme Tâmega would improve that performance.

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