Kiama Bodyboard King Pro kicked off with small waves

The 2018 Kiama Bodyboard King Pro kicked off at Kiama Surf Beach with the opening round being completed in two-foot waves.

Having not competed in Australia since the 2013 South Coast Crusade, 55-year-old and nine-time world champion Mike Stewart put on the competition jersey for his opening exchange with some of the world's best.

Although Stewart's Round 1 wave scores didn't reflect his depth of skills and accomplishments, he still managed to get spectators attention with his stylish drawn out maneuvers.

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George Humphreys claims the 2018 Kiama Pro Trials

The trials for the Kiama Bodyboard King Pro kicked off at Surf Beach with some of the world’s most promising bodyboarders battling for a position into the world grand slam event.

The main spot dished up a day of small but punchy surf for all trialists. West Australian bodyboarder, George Humphreys, claimed the top honors in the final to qualify for the main event.

Humphreys overcame some of Australia’s and the world’s best bodyboarders to take the win ahead of Queensland duo Jake Stone and Lachlan Cramsie who claimed second and third respectively, while South African bodyboarder Michael Ostler took out the fourth position in the final.

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PLC speaks out after Leonardo Fioravanti's controversial bodyboard ride at Surf Ranch

In the days of social media, public figures should avoid navigating in waters of unknown depths.

Italian pro surfer, Leonardo Fioravanti, posted a video on Instagram of him riding a bodyboard and getting barreled at the Surf Ranch.

To better illustrate the footage, he wrote: "Going to officially become a professional bodyboarder." However, some bodyboarders didn't like the comment, saying Fioravanti was disrespectful to the sport.

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