Bodyboarding: difficult times for pro riders

Professional bodyboarding is living one of the most difficult seasons in the history of the sport. Nevertheless, there are good examples of how competitions can be run. Isn't it time to imitate good practices?

Bodyboarding fans are confused. The IBA World Tour 2014 has been cancelled, but its Facebook page keeps posting insipid messages. The website is a disgrace: two blocks of ads, and a short message with a mistyped word.

The newly-formed Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) promised a revolution in the World Tour but, in the first six months of the year, only the Pipe Pro was run. How can a professional sports circuit survive with events being held with a six-month interval? In the medium term, it will not be impracticable.


Ben Veitch: sealing his maiden Open Men's State title

Ben Veitch is the 2014 Western Australia bodyboarding champion.

The third and final event of the 2014 SunSmart WA Bodyboard Titles wrapped up in unforgettable fashion over the weekend with sensational winter conditions blessing competitors at Scarborough Beach.

After a marathon 10 hour day, a total of eight State Bodyboard Titles were awarded as a team of 25 riders were confirmed to represent Western Australia.


2014 Pride Mystics Pro: a dramatic final in the ABA Pro Tour

Jake Stone is the 2014 Australian bodyboarding champion.

The Pride Mystics Pro was the final stage of the Australian Bodyboarding Association (ABA) Pro Tour. The race for the overall title had been reduced to four riders, but favorite Lachie Cramsie tumbled out in his opening round leaving the gate open for Joe Clarke, Marshall Watson and Jake Stone.

Clarke looked set to capture his first national championship, but finished third in his quarterfinal heat behind Chase O'Leary and Jason Finlay. Drama unfolding.