Bodysurfing Legends 2017

Everyone loves a good upset, and the finals at Itacoa Legends 2017 did not disappoint.

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In its 3rd year running, Itacoa Legends 2017 -- a.k.a. the World Cup of Bodysurfing – saw a huge gathering of rare bodysurfing talent and good vibes. Day one of the event, featuring qualifying heats for all 72 competitors, started glassy with 3-foot faces, and by the afternoon was blowing offshore and head-high, with Itacoa’s famous barrels unloading left and right.

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It all starts here, in an Eagle bus breaking down on Mexico Hwy 19 north of Cabo San Lucas.  I just got back from

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“I’m just gonna go say hi to the guys outside,” he tells me and filmographer JacuzziSurfer before jumping into the 56 degree water. He’s referring to 5 guys sitting way, way outside on guns. None of them has tried to surf a wave yet – it’s simply too sketchy.

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Shenanigans as usual at the URT WOMP

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You've heard the term 'followthrough' most likely. But our man Vincent Anthony Amendola, AKA @goodvibes_84, takes follow through to the next level. A master...

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The Wave

Itacoa is hard to compare to any other wave. It’s one-part Dominical, one-part Waimea shorebreak, and one-part Baker Beach. The Itacoa Legends 2016 event was more like an epic family gathering than a competition. The “Fish Man”, who stars in his own bodysurfing TV series (and is credited with blowing up the sport in Rio) was just one of the crew...

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Bull in the road at Playa Colorados, Nicaragua. Photo: Leap of Her
The scream wakes me up. I’d heard this sound before. When we were camping as kids we would tell ghost stories at night in the tent when we were supposed to be sleeping. We would try to scare the pants off each other by making loud ghost screams into the night. That’s the sound. A ghost is screaming. It’s an eerie sound, but funny too, comically eerie. But I’m not in a tent. I’m lying face down in a bed of fine sand covering a thin sheet on a stiff mattress. Where?
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Sole Handplanes introduced our Summer 2016 line at the Boardroom Show in Del Mar, California. Industry feedback was super positive as was...

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The craftsmen at work
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 gear bag for bodysurfing open with swim fins bodysurfing gear bag front view body surfing gear bag - back view

The crew at Sole has created the very first bag designed exclusively with the bodysurfer in mind.

Featuring durable, waterproof, re-purposed billboard vinyl. This versatile backpack is great for swimmers and beachgoers as well. Strategically placed all-weather mesh panels allow you to easily shake out excess sand while letting moisture evaporate. There’s nothing else like it...

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Speedo -

By: Tom Ekman •

If you’re gonna rock a Speedo, you gotta be ripped for the babes (or in the case of our handplane siren-sisters, the dudes). Luckily, bodysurfing is the ticket. Here’s why:...

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By Tom Ekman •

“Are those handboards you’re using? Cool! Did you make those yourself?”

So goes a comment I heard regularly at the various breaks of W. Guerrero, Mex. over the last 6 weeks. Everywhere I go, I have to appreciate the fact that bodysurfers get respect. Any boardsurfer who sees you trimming along on a wave knows it’s all about soul (ahem…or, “Sole”).

It’s been an adjustment going from long, consistent reefs on O`ahu to thumping, desolate (and sharky) beachbreaks. But my first wave at La Barrita, I realized why the whomp! is so compelling.

6- to 8-foot faces, glassy and light blue, these waves were sucking so hard off the sandbar that as I looked over the shoulder paddling out, it looked like the water on the inside was 5 feet lower.   If that was a reef on O’ahu, you’d have to have a death wish to drop in.

But this was just sand, dammit! And my...

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I'm Mark Garcia Aka OverboardDad, currently residing in South Orange County. Grew up in good ole Huntington Beach where I fell in love with the ocean and...

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Wyatt Yee

In case you didn’t hear about it, SoleRider Wyatt Yee of Honolulu, HI, placed second in the Men’s Handboard Division of the Oahu Bodysurfing Championships. The contest...

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Dylan Higgins, on a meaty one at Sandies, Oahu HI. Oahu Bodysurfing Championships

By: The Sole Collective • 

Dylan became part of the Sole Collective early in 2015.

Hi, my name is Dylan Higgins and I live in Honolulu, HI. It's cool living here because there's so much stuff you can do here outdoors, including tons of prime spots for bodysurfing and surfing. My favorite things to do are surfing and bodysurfing, but I also like hanging out with my friends and going hiking and seeing movies. My favorite local spot is definitely Point Panic, closely followed by Makapu'u. On Oahu, bodysurfers are viewed being cool dudes. You don't really catch any flak unless you drop in on the uncles. I'd really like to visit Porto Escondido one day but until then I guess I'll have to deal with surfing on the North Shore. Haha. Mark Cunningham is one of my biggest inspirations because not only is he an excellent bodysurfer, but he does a lot of stuff for the Oahu community, in particular being one of the heads of the "Defend Oahu Coalition". My goal in life is to go to college somewhere on the mainland or Europe and become a Marine Biologist or an archaeologist.

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Dylan Higgins on his Pocket Rocket • Photo: Brian Yee, Waikiki Beach Walls

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Lugnut enjoying the view

By: Anonymous •

So, ok back to my story. My buddy Lugnut, the Boomer beach dude, says “You wanna bodysurf? So lets go” and gets me to swim out on a not so small day (not at Boomers). The good news is that he didn’t make me wear a Speedo and he let me wear my wetsuit. Turns out HE doesn’t wear a Speedo and wears a wetsuit in the winter. Things are looking up! The bad news is...

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Part One

back-xray

By: Anonymous • 

“I suggest you quit surfing.” Not the words a surfer that’s spent the last 25 years in the water wants to hear from his doctor. So what to do now? The x-rays didn’t look good and the persistent pain in my neck and back had been telling me the same thing for years now, namely my days in the water could come to an end sooner rather than later. The chronic pain was due to sports and occupational injuries, and the consistent postures and muscle activities of surfing only made things worse. But I LOVE surfing!

 “Ok, doc, I’ll quit.” Though what I meant was that I would look for an alternative that would give me the same feeling of freedom, excitement and play that surfing gives. What to do? Keep in mind that this...

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