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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Gabriel Zaccaro wins the VII Shock Master Challenge

Gabriel Zaccaro has taken out the VII Shock Master Challenge in four-to-six-foot waves, in Niterói, Brazil.

The event takes place at Shock, a famous slab located in Itacotiara, near Rio de Janeiro. The shallow reef break is one of the most dangerous waves in the country.

The seventh edition has once again showcased some of the best local riders. However, and for the first time since the contest began, an invitee finished first.

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