APB resurrects competitive bodyboarding in North America

April 23, 2018 | Bodyboarding
San Diego, California: will competitive bodyboard return to Mainland America? | Photo: Nyman/Creative Commons

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) announced the creation of APB North America.

According to the sports organization led by Alex Leon, the newly-founded entity will regenerate and evolve the sport of bodyboarding in Mainland United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The president of APB North America will be Steve Jackson, a former APB World Tour commentator, event coordinator of the iconic Jenks Pro, and many USBA Tour contest between 2006 and 2012.

Jackson will work on the East Coast, but he will be backed up on the West Coast by Vicki Reale, former top 10 rider on the Women's World Tour, and co-founder of ebodyboarding.com.

The full board of directors also includes Washington Teixeira, Rogerio Bezerra Paes, Manny Vargas, Natasha Sagardia, Jay Reale, Karla Costa, Miguel Torres, Jesus Nesta Nunez, and Patti Serrano.

With the sudden death of the BIA Tour and USBA Tour and the lack of proper state circuits, competitive bodyboarding in North America nearly disappeared.

Hopefully, APB North America will work toward increasing the number of World Grand Slam Series (WGS), and Qualifying Event Series Tour (QEST) events in the American continent and islands.

Will the 2019 APB World Tour feature state-of-the-art contests in world-class spots such as The Wedge, T-Street, Jenks, or Lido Beach?

The answer to this question will depend on the industry support, the interest from the riders and the support found in the coastal communities.

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