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Who makes your board? Where is it coming from?

Every once in a while we update our “Short List” of the most well-known board makers / board brands and have them listed here: The Short List (2018 Update)

If you’re a board maker and wanna make a change let us know, email us on the contact page or check us out on Facebook.

Drag Board Co

Bodyboarding just got cool again maybe. From what we’ve figured out what used to be LeBoogie Magazine has now evolved into a new business which looks and sounds pretty cool to us, it’s called Drag Board Co and it consists of 3 riders already: Sam Bennett, Tom Rigby and Jordan Putland. Impressive team and refreshing designs + a relaxed approach to the business sounds pretty good to us in an era where bodyboarding business and marketing seems to have seriously reached a dead-end. Check the boards out here: Let’s hope this brings some fresh air to our sport.

Bodyboarder(s) of the Year

Riptide Magazine celebrated 2014’s Awards last week and although we did cover this great night on our FB page it’s a shame we didnt mention it here, so here you go! Basically Ben Player is a legend… and because he is he won the Bodyboarder of the year award. On the womens’ side it’s Isabela Sousa who got the award and is also a legend. On the knee it’s another legend who won the award: David “Dub” Hubbard. For the videos it’s Katesy & LeBoogie who won the award with Passing Through. Couldnt agree more. Congrats to you guys! Below are all the other awards and winners listed. For more info check the Riptide site.

Bodyboarder of the Year – Ben Player (Australia)

Women’s Bodyboarder of the Year – Isabela Sousa (Brazil)

Dropkneer of the Year – Dave Hubbard (Hawaii)

Grom of the Year – Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)

Heaviest Wave of the Year – Lewy Finnegan (Australia, at The Right, WA – from Riptide issue 197)

Biggest Move of the Year – Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii, at Honolua Bay, Maui – from Hubboards – The Movie)

Best Feature Film of the Year – Passing Through (James Kates/Le Boogie)

Best Short Film of the Year – The Mexican Mirage (Miller Best/Pride Bodyboards)

Photographer of the Year – Sacha Specker (South Africa)

Men’s Bodyboarder of the Year Top 10

1. Ben Player
2. Jared Houston
3. Pierre Louis Costes
4. Dave Winchester
5. Amaury Lavernhe
6. Mitch Rawlins
    Nick Gornall
8. Jake Stone
9. Jeff Hubbard
10. Jase Finlay

Women’s Bodyboarder of the Year Top 5

1. Isabela Sousa
2. Lilly Pollard
3. Alexandra Rinder
4. Jessica Becker
5. Emma Cobb

Dropkneer of the Year Top 5

1. Dave Hubbard
2. Matt Lackey
3. Bud Miyamoto
4. Sacha Specker
5. Cesar Bauer

Spencer Skipper and Aka Lyman opening a shop in Hawaii

Bodyboarding legends Spencer Skipper and Aka Lyman opened a shop in Hawaii, 501 Kealahou Street, Suite A23, Honolulu, Hawaii – go check it out if you’re in Hawaii or travelling over there. Sick!


Dave Winchester rides for VS Boards

It’s now official, Dave ‘Winny’ Winchester now rides for VS. Dave jumped from the NMD team to the VS team. Both brands originated from shaper Nick ‘Mez’ Mesritz. With Ryan Hardy leaving VS recently there was probably a spot to fill on the VS team and it was a good opportunity for Dave to jump from one brand to another. Shaper Dan Sivess is managing VS and we’re sure the brand and shapes for Winnys models will be niiice.

Ryan Hardy has new flippers

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).

Ryan Hardy rides for Funkshen Bodyboards

We didn’t see this one coming. Ryan Hardy rides for Funkshen Bodyboard now and leaves VS Boards.


QCD Boards – Skintec Ltd. skin technology

We’re always happy when some new innovative technologies and materials hit the market as it’s making our hardware and sport progress and improve our experience in the water somehow. QCD has some new technology available, called Skintec™, it’s an additional layer thermo sealed to the core of the board that helps with flex property on the whole core and entire surface of the board. The Skintec™ can be used with or without stringer(s) as Todd Quigley told us. Read more below in the press release from QCD.

Press release:
The QCD SKINTEC Ltd features a new skin technology developed for high performance riding through pressure absorption and energy dispersion. Skintec™ is the most advanced energy transfer layer ever produced, designed to reduce impact compression by providing protection to the cores cell structure and integrity.

QCD owner and head shaper, Todd Quiqley said of his newly designed SKINTEC LTD model, “The Skintec™ layer is thermo-fused to the core, creating increased strength, drive, and recoil over the boards entire surface area while allowing the board to flex more evenly from nose to tail and rail to rail. The increased strength has also allowed me to design this model thinner than my standard stock line which provides edge control and off the bottom speed without losing stiffness and inner core balance”.

The SKINTEC Ltd has been produced in both PP and EFC Red cores. Only 60 boards have been manufactured in total, with each board being individually numbered on a sticker on the front of the board.


Find a QCD Skintec Limited at these locations while they last:

Bodyboard King – Brookvale, NSW – – Phone: (02) 8068 4545
Bodyboard Factory – Burleigh Heads, QLD – – Phone: (07) 5568 0767
Bodyboarders Surf Co. – Narrabeen, NSW – – Phone: (02) 9913 3847
Bodyboarders Surf Co. – Coolangatta, NSW – – Phone: (07) 5536 5531
District 5 – Warners Bay, NSW – – Phone: (02) 4023 5435
Emerald Surf – Cronulla, NSW – – Phone: (02) 9527 4149
Flux – Byron Bay, NSW – – Phone: (02) 6680 7100
Good Earth – Bunbury, WA – – Phone: (08) 9721 5545
Inverted – Mooloolaba, NSW – – Phone: (07) 5477 7899
Steve’s Place – Robe, SA – Phone: (08) 8768 2094
Slimes – Erina, NSW – – Phone: (02) 4365 5511
Solid Bodyboard Shop – Charlestown, NSW –
- Phone: (07) 5568 0767
Vortex Surf, Wonthaggi, Vic – – Phone: (03) 5672 4112

Soyroll becomes Sushift™


The bodyboarding accessories brand Soyroll becomes Sushift™ – The brand has announced its name change and re-branding in a recent press release which you can read below. All the products and team riders remain the same, onle the name changes and the brand known for its premium quality products will keep on delivering top notch bodyboarding hardware as well as expanding internationally. Its website, online shop and products haven been re-branded with the new name:

Sushift™ International team consists of: James Kates (AUS), Jack Johns (UK), Ivan Pulic (AUS), Wade Masters (AUS), Brett Roldan (USA), Tom Gillespie (IRL), Lucas Vergnes (REU), Greg Vorster (CAN), Rui Pereira (POR), Francisco Bessone (POR), Germain Romigou (FRA), Mael L’Helgoualch (FRA), Alan L’Helgoualch (FRA), Nicolas Marianelli (FRA), Hugo Lagarde (FRA), Julien Le Sehan (FRA), Jonathan Jay (FRA), Jean-Sebastien Geffroy (CANARY), Derek Crater (FRA)

Press release:

November 2013 – For immediate release: Premium Bodyboarding Acessories brand Soyroll™ has a new name! Say hello to Sushift™ – Today marks a new step in the evolution of the company and its international growth.

We’re happy to announce that the company will now be selling products and operating under its new name: Sushift™

The international expansion of the company and the distribution of our products will now happen under this new name that we’re exciting to reveal today. New products and a larger accessories range are coming in 2014 as we’ll keep pushing our quality and objectives even further. With a solid team of international riders and unmatched products quality Sushift™ will not only be all that Soyroll™ was but even better.

Our team, our products and our love for neat designs and hi quality products and service remain the same.

Cheers from Sushift™, see you in the water.

Riptide Mag leaves the Morrisson Media Group and gets sold

Riptide Mag leaves the Morrisson Media Group and gets sold to Riptide Designer / Developper Dave Heavyside so it’s still going and is now independent from any media group. Sounds good to us although it’s usually hard for smaller publications to survive without the power / finance of a larger group (moslty because publication rely heavily on advertisers which larger media group can attract more easily). Anyways, read the full story on le BOOGIE magazine’s website for more details about the news.

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