Ash Bryant: Australian bodyboarding is alive and kicking | Photo: Michael Jennings/ABA

The Australian Bodyboarding Association (ABA) has released the full schedule for the 2018 ABA Tour.

Australia's best bodyboarders will kick off their national circuit in Western Australia on March 24. The 2018 ABA Tour features five stages and will be powered by Choice Homes.

Defending ABA Tour champion Lachlan Cramsie returns to reclaim the title, but he will encounter names like Jake Stone, Kyle Ward, Joe Clarke, Liam Lucas and Simon Cassidy eager to raise the season's trophy.

According to the organizers, the new sponsor will not only increase the prize money on offer at each stage, but it will also allow the return of the women's and drop knee divisions.

The five-figure sponsorship deal will also attract a larger number of riders and will open the way to creating a junior category. The 2018 ABA Tour will crown a new Australian bodyboarding champion in less than four months.

2018 ABA Tour | Schedule

Gas Bay, WA | March 24th-25th
Mystics, NSW | April 21st-22nd
Knights Beach, SA | May 19th-20th
Duranbah, NSW | June 16th-7th
Northern Beaches, NSW | July 21st-22nd

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