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The Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational has been confirmed. The first stage of the 2016 APB World Tour will run between February 21st and March 4th, in Hawaii.

After a one-year hiatus, the world's best bodyboarders will return to Banzai Pipeline to kick off the season in grand fashion. And there's a surprise for recreational and amateur riders.

"We would like to give a chance to the keenest chargers with skill the world over - riders that would make their local area proud if they were to represent. If you, or someone you know, has the skill and courage to put it all on the line, we want you/them in," explained the veteran and host of the event Mike Stewart.

All you need to do is submit a "detailed expression of interest with credentials" via pipeinvite[at]mikestewart.com until January 8th. The invitees will be decided and announced soon after.

Stewart has also confirmed that the Trials will take place at Sandy Beach, or Keaau, between February 16th-19th. The main event will feature all bodyboarding divisions: Open, Women, Drop-Knee and Pro Junior.

The Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational will showcase 68 bodyboarders. Ben Player is the defending champion. He won the APB Pipe Challenge in 2014.

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