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The Coffee Break Interview with Amaury Lavernhe
Exclusive this month: The Coffee Break Interview with Jeff Hubbard !
The Coffee Break Interview with Jeff Hubbard
Exclusive this month: The Coffee Break Interview with Jeff Hubbard !
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Ben Player has done it again, winning the Pipeline Pro 2014 edition. Congrats champ!
Lilly Pollard wins the Womens Pipeline Pro, congats Lilly! On the DK division it’s Dave Hubbard who won the contest, congrats Dave!
Below are the results:
It comes at no surprise after the signing with Funkshen Boards, Ryan Hardy will now be sporting Limited Edition fins (same group as Nomad / Funkshen / Attica). Will the next move be a signing with Attica suits? Maybe… (would make sense for the Nomad / Funkshen / Attica / Limited Edition group anyways).
Here’s your chance to win a signed by Mike Stewart BORN TO BOOGIE hard cover coffee table book with Spongercity.com and Orca Publications! Thanks Orca for hooking us up with the book and this giveaway!
Wherever you find waves that are too heavy for even the most hardcore of surfers, there you’ll find the boogers – screaming into dredging pits and scoring impossibly deep barrels. Born to Boogie: Legends of Bodyboarding is the first illustrated history of the sport and traces its evolution from 1971 to the present day. The pioneers, the champions and the underground chargers are all profiled, among them Tom Morey, Pat Caldwell, Ben Severson, Jay Reale, Mike Stewart, Michael ‘Eppo’ Eppelstun, Guilherme Tamega, Andre Botha, Ryan Hardy, Damian King, Ben Player, Jeff Hubbard, Mitch Rawlins and Pierre Louis Costes. Written by respected bodyboard journalist Owen Pye, Born to Boogie tells the tale of how the sport was created, how it developed, flourished, faltered and fought back to become one of the most exciting extreme sports in the world today. Filled with incredible stories spanning four decades and packed with iconic images, Born to Boogie is a must-have book for any bodyboarder.
It’s easy to participate. We have one book to giveaway, the winner will be randomly chosen among all the people who will answer the following question correctly:
Q: When Tom Morey developed the modern bodyboard in 1971, he originally wanted to name his prototype The SNAKE (which stood for ‘Side, Navel, Arm, Knee, Elbow’ – the parts of the body you used to ride it). True or False?
You can answer here in the comments below or you can answer on Facebook. You can also email us with your answer if you want or if you don’t have facebook and didn’t manage to answer below in the comments. We will randomly pick up a winner from the people who answered correctly among the correct answers on our website / facebook / email answers. Only 1 winner wins the book. We’ll send the winner the book in a padded package by post mail.
The winner will be announced on the 28th of February 2014 and we’ll send the book to the winner the next day.
We didn’t see this one coming. Ryan Hardy rides for Funkshen Bodyboard now and leaves VS Boards.
The vids of the week selection is here! Sick vids starting with some serious DK skills from Miles: Read the rest of this entry »
Ok, so here’s the recap of what’s happening for the 2014 Bodyboarding World Tour:
There is a World Tour in 2014 – That’s good news. The World Tour is organized by the APB – Association Of Professional Bodyboarders (https://www.facebook.com/apbodyboarders) and not the IBA.
The APB is basically a non-profit organization managed by professional bodyboarders. The APB is here to stay, they will organize and rule the 2014 world tour by themselves this year while waiting for the IBA to re-build a proper world tour with bigger/better sponsors and everything. The IBA is a private company (making – or supposed to – make profit). If the IBA has a well organized tour scheduled for 2015 the APB will agree to give the tour back to the IBA. If not, the tour will keep being ruled and run but just the APB.
We hope this all make sense for you guys as we tried to explain in a very simple way what’s happening for the tour in 2014. Basically the pro riders have decided to run the tour by themselves while waiting to see if the IBA comes up with a cool tour for 2015.
Note that there is only one ranking in 2014: no more super tour + qualification tour. Just one tour with all events and riders.
First event of the year: Pipeline from Feb 18-28
Next events to be confirmed.
More about the APB etc.
*APB: The governing body that represents the worlds Bodyboarding athletes, Event promoters and officials of the sport of Bodyboarding. Company Overview: This group is a collaboration of athletes, officials and event promoters to represent the athletes of the sport and to steer the sport into a positive direction and protect its credibility.
The APB Structure:
Alex Leon (GM & events Rep)
Mike Stewart (Hawaiian athlete Rep)
Guilherme Tamega (Latin athlete Rep)
Craig Hadden (Technical Operations)
Jeff Hubbard (USA & DK athlete Rep)
Mark McCarthy (Sth Africa athlete Rep)
Chico Garritano (Head Judge)
Ryan Hardy (Australian athlete Rep)
Karla Costa (Womens athlete Rep)
Diogo Marquez (European rep)
2014 Star Rating Event System for the Men’s World Tour
The minimum prize-money to be rated on the world tour will be US$25,000.
The final make up for the end of year rankings will be to include your best half plus one (rounded up) event points total. In the event that more than 1 rider has the same or equal points all ties will be broken by going to the next best result on the 2014 tour.
If ties cannot be broken by counting up wards then a tie will be broken by counting down events results. Finally and only if the tie is unbreakable, then a surf off heat will be contested at the earliest chance between the tied riders.
A maximum of 2000 points will be available to events that meet bonus requirements. Events will effectively start at 1000 points and work upwards.
Prize-money Bonus: Events can increase their star rating by adding prize-money. 200 extra points for every US$15,000 over the minimum $25,000 prize-money.
Infrastructure and Historical Standing Bonus: Events will be allocated 200 extra points based on the event set-up (i.e., web cast, contest structure and media) and the historical standing of the event.
Waiting Period Bonus: Events will be allocated 200 extra points if they include a 10 day waiting period.
Premier Wave Bonus: Events will be allocated 200 or 400 extra points based on the wave quality.
Star Events Points Comparisons
1 Star = 1000 points
2 Star = 1200 points
3 Star = 1400 points
4 Star = 1600 points
5 Star = 1800 points
6 Star = 2000 points
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Killer Days is probably the best video we’ve seen in 2013. Edited by Todd Barnes, Killer Days showcases team FOUND Boards (and guest firends) and it does it well, very well. With Mitch Rawlins leading the charge with his perfect style and control, team Found is well documented in there: Thomas Robinson smooth rides and hacks from Oz to India, Damian King’s precision pocket riding and jokes, Andrew Lester’s powerful lines and barrels as well as Jones Russell and George Humphreys shredding. Among guests Jake Stone has heaps of amazing footage in the video and absolutely rips. What stroke us once again is Mitch Rawlins’s perfect style, his bottom turns and scooping, his positioning, his speed and lines and the way he links his bottom turns to the next section and hits the lip are just above the rest, seriously, Mitch is a freak, he rides a boogieboard the way you’re supposed to – to its full potential – and he does this with unmatched style. Watch him surf and learn.
Destination-wise you’ll be tavelling to West Oz, South Oz, somewhere in india with Thom Robinson and Canarias. The qualiy of the footage is mind-blowing, there are phantom camera footage from Chris Bryan and the overall quality of the video is just nuts. Water angles, footage from land, lifestyle footage, sceneries and landscapes, everything is top notch. The titles are clean and stylish, it’s a real professional work done with taste and passion.
The soundtrack is well chosen and fits the riding and editing very well making the film even more enjoyable. This is definitely a movie you’ll need to watch and have in your possession.
Killer Days lasts 57 min. and there’s not a single minute to skipp forward while watching.
It’s available on DVD format at bodyboard shops worldwide or as a digital Hi-Res .Mp4 download for 11 or 12 $ directly on Vimeo On Demand here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/killerdays/81541684. We did watch the Hi-Res video from Vimeo and it’s perfect quality so dont be scared to get it online.
Watch the teaser here: