Sari Ohhara wins in Madeira, Joana Schenker grabs fourth European title

Sari Ohhara has taken out the 2017 Bodyboard Girls Experience in six-to-eight-foot waves, in Madeira.

The 2017 Bodyboard Girls Experience confirmed that Madeira has world-class waves. The top female riders on the APB World Tour got barreled in perfect-peeling rollers at Fajã da Areia.

The truth is that there was a lot on the line for the bodyboarder girls. For example, Joana Schenker secured her fourth consecutive European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) title.

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What is bodyboarding?

Bodyboarding is the art of riding waves in a prone position.

According to surf historians, the sport has its roots in the islands of the Pacific. The Polynesian people were the first to slid across ocean waves lying on paipo boards.

The ancient practice of catching waves in a prone position later evolved to stand-up wave riding, which could very well mean that the origins of bodyboarding are older than those of surfing.

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Iain Campbell and Joana Schenker win the 2017 Sintra Pro

Iain Campbell and Joana Schenker have taken out the 2017 Sintra Pro, in Praia Grande, Portugal.

With the Portuguese bodyboarding contest celebrating its 22nd year, there was certainly no shortage of drama in the water. The event tested the athlete's fitness levels by delivering all sorts of ocean conditions.

In the first days of competition, men, women and young riders had to battle powerful onshore wind and wave conditions, as well as strong currents and shifting peaks.

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