Carlos Hebert introduces iceberg-dodging to bodyboarding
- 26 February 2018 | Bodyboarding
Carlos Hebert is back with another out-of-the-box bodyboarding experience. What you're about to witness may change the future of the sport forever.
He is not your average bodyboarder, but Carlos made the news in 2012 for hitting the -4 °F (-20°C) waters of Habitat 67, Montreal's legendary river wave, with his handboard.
Hebert revolutionized the way we surf in extreme conditions. Initially, we all laughed at his slightly unorthodox style. But it was only a matter of time until we understood he was really passionate about what he does.
Carlos started paddling out with a handboard and a boogie board, combining both types of equipment in each ride, and switching from one to the other as he progressed on the static wave.
Between 2012 and 2015 he produced hundreds of videos, and rarely missed a good river "swell."
In 2016, Carlos Hebert surfed 365 days straight at his home break and was invited by Mike Stewart to participate in the Pipe Trials.
The experience made him figure out what he wants for himself - to develop new ways of riding standing waves in cold river waters, as a free surfer.
When he returned to Canada, he kept pushing the limits. And this time, Hebert decided it was time to introduce obstacle-dodging into bodyboarding, in a way similar to what you find in bodyboarding games.
So, the result is an exciting bodyboarding exercise, in which Hebert avoids and uses small icebergs to perform tricks. Can you believe it?
When it's snowing, and the air temperatures reach sub-zero conditions, Carlos Hebert is often the only one out there charging hard.
Now, the Canadian who rarely says a word in his videos has had his stunts filmed by a drone, and the result makes us question the future of bodyboarding.
Is boardercross bodyboarding a new discipline in the making? How should bodyboarders the sport's potential in extreme weather environments? Do static waves open new opportunities for boogie boarding?