FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
With the full blessing and support of the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB), we are proud to announce the formation of APB North America. Through a five year development plan, APB North America aims to recultivate and grow the sport of bodyboarding in the Mainland United States along with the North American regions of Puerto Rico and Mexico. Plans for 2018 include the certification of bodyboard instructors and judges as well as establishing clinics, schools, and clubs. APB North America has also set its sights on organizing a four event tour in 2019 with competitions to potentially be held in Puerto Rico, the US east coast, California, and Mexico.
The APB North America Board of Representatives is comprised of the following members:
PRESIDENT: Steve Jackson (US East Coast)
Steve Jackson has worked as a commentator on the APB world tour, and was an Event Coordinator for the Jenks Pro (New Jersey) and USBA tour events in New York, California, and Mexico (2006-2012).
SECRETARY: Vicki Reale (US West Coast)
Vicki Reale is a former Top 10 competitor on the Women’s World Tour, and co-owner of eBodyboarding.com
TREASURER: Washington Teixeira (Hawaii)
Washington Teixeira is a former world tour event organizer from Brazil, and owner/founder of North Shore Embroidery in Hawaii.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Rogerio Bezerra Paes (US West Coast)
Rogerio Bezerra Paes began judging in Brazil in 1990, and has been an internationally certified judge since 2003.
MEDIA DIRECTOR: Manny Vargas
Manny Vargas is our main commentator on the live broadcasts of the APB World Tour. He is a former professional bodyboarder (1989-2000) and former editor for Bodyboarding Magazine (2000-2002). He currently is working in sales at www.STACTapp.com. Plus, he has his own bodyboarding podcast: www.boogLIFE.com.
REPRESENTATIVE: Natasha Sagardia (Puerto Rico)
Natasha Sagardia is 2008 ISA World Champion, and was inducted into the Puerto Rico Museum of Sports in 2015. She is, also, the event organizer and promoter of the Encanto Pro Cultura.
REPRESENTATIVE: Jay Reale (US West Coast)
Jay Reale is a former professional bodyboarder and 1989 Pipeline finalist. He is also a professional commentator, and co-owner of eBodyboarding.com
REPRESENTATIVE: Karla Costa (Hawaii)
Karla Costa is 1999 Women’s World Champion, 2010 US Women’s National Champion, and a 4-time Pipeline Champion.
REPRESENTATIVE: Miguel Torres (Mexico)
Miguel Torres is 2006 BIA Masters Champion (California) and 2016 Masters National Champion (Mexico). He is a certfied international judge with the Mexican Surfing Federation, and Head Judge on Mexico’s national bodyboarding tour.
REPRESENTATIVE: Jesus Nesta Nunez (Mexico)
Jesus Nesta Nunez is an event organizer and the Custom X Bodyboards distributor for Mainland Mexico.
SPECIAL ADVISOR: Patti Serrano
Legendary bodyboarding promoter Patti Serrano has been brought on, in an advisory role, by Board President Steve Jackson. Patti helped build the sport of bodyboarding in the 70’s and 80’s, and has arguably more experience and success promoting our sport than anyone in bodyboarding history.
About the APB:
The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) organizes the annual tour of professional bodyboard competitions and broadcasts each event live at www.apbtour.com where you can experience the strength and journey of the sport – anywhere and anytime it’s on. The APB sanctions and operates the Championship Tour, which determines the sport’s undisputed world champions. The organization is headquartered in Cronulla (NSW), Australia. Regional promoters in Africa, Asia, Australasia, Hawaii, South America, and now in North America support the APB.