Alex Uranga wins the 2017 Santa Cruz European BB Pro

Alex Uranga conquered the 2017 Santa Cruz European BB Pro, in Portugal.

The Spanish bodyboarder claimed the first event on the 2017 European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) after defeating the Portuguese rider, Ricardo Rosmaninho, an athlete from Póvoa de Varzim.

It was the first time Santa Cruz held an ETB event. The competition had a prize-money of 7,000 euros.

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I bodyboard because...

Why do you love bodyboarding? Are there any special reasons why one should start riding the boogie board? Read our favorite personal motivations and create your own statement.

Bodyboarding was invented by Tom Morey in 1971. Since then, the sport of riding ocean (and river) waves in prone position evolved dramatically and expanded throughout the world.

New tricks were added to the repertoire; bodyboarders explored new parts of the wave that were never imagined before. The boards became lighter, more hydrodynamic, and easier to ride.

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The best quotes by Mike Stewart

Mike Stewart is more than just a brilliant bodyboarder. He is an athlete who reflects on his sport, the ocean, and all the dimensions of life.

The Hawaiian bodyboarding pioneer worked and learned with the iconic Tom Morey, and was one of the first to put the boogie board at test in waves of consequence like Pipeline, Jaws, and Nazaré.

Stewart invented new maneuvers, attracted top-notch sponsors, and put Teahupoo on the surfing map. The introverted prone rider traveled the world and collected multiple world titles in both bodyboarding and bodysurfing.

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The frequent exposure to salt, sun, and sand can easily stress your skin. Even if you're using a good sunscreen to prevent skin damage, it's important to hydrate your skin after each surf session to keep it supple and healthy.

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