When the only ones out there are bodyboarders

Hats off to bodyboarders. Sometimes surfers have to acknowledge that they're not on the same level as prone riders.

I live and work in a place where there are waves for everyone - boys and girls, men and women, beginners and pros can get what they seek within less than five miles.

Because we're talking about a European region, blessed by regular northwest North Atlantic swells, piers and beach orientation rule the quality of the surf break and, in most case, the size of the waves these spots traditionally produce.

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Jared Houston clinches the 2017 Fronton King

Jared Houston claimed the 2017 Fronton King in pumping six-to-eight waves at Galdar, Gran Canaria.

The final heats of the professional bodyboarding season got underway in classic El Frontón conditions, that is, with hollow barrels and vertical ramps.

The thunderous reef break came to life, and the world's best bodyboarders rose to the occasion by pulling in and coming out of the massive liquid cylinders in grand fashion.

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What is bellyboarding?

Meet bellyboarding, the art of riding waves on a small wooden board, and an ancient recreational practice that conquered the globe and never disappeared.

Bellyboarding is a prone wave riding activity that it is thought to date as far as 2,000 B.C. Many historians consider it to be the original form of board surfing.

The oldest bellyboard known to man is a 4'-to-4'5'' rare model from the early 18th century. The board is part of Hawaii's Bishop Museum collection and is made of either koa wood or breadfruit.

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