Welcome to the APB…

The APB is the sole governing body of the World Bodyboarding Tour. The APB also represents the athletes, officials & event promoters. Our paramount goal is to deliver the sport of Bodyboarding to a vast growing audience of spectators, supporters and fans around the world and also develop the sport from the grass roots level right through to the elite top 32 professional Bodyboarders of the world. In 2015, the APB will endeavor to conquer new territories such as Teahupoo (Tahiti), Nazare (Portugal) and the Maldives and leave a positive footprint for Bodyboarding in these regions. Another milestone of the APB is that we will be the first ever sport to offer equal prize money for Men & Women at the final stage of the 2015 APB Tour – The Encanto Pro in Puerto Rico. Bodyboarding is expanding throughout the world and leaving impressions on the public as one of the most exciting action sports to watch. Bodyboarding is a form of wave riding that will bring stoke, adrenalin and fun to any person. Are you the next APB WORLD BODYBOARDING CHAMPION? Jump In!!!

Who is the APB

The Association of Professional Bodyboarding (APB) is the sole governing body of professional bodyboarding. Crowning bodyboarding’s undisputed world champions, the APB sanctions the following tours: the APB Men’s World Tour (APB MWT), the APB Women’s World Tour (APB WWT), the APB Dropknee World Tour (APB DKWT) and the APB Pro Junior (APB PJWT).

The APB is dedicated to showcasing the world’s elite bodyboarder’s in the world’s best waves with the International organization supported globally by six regions – Sth Africa, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, Japan and South America.

The APB serves to celebrate and grow the history, elite athletes, diverse fans and dedicated partners that together embody professional bodyboarding today.

The APB Board Members are a diverse collaboration of athletes, judges, event promoters and technical staff and they are:

Chief Executive Officer – Alex Leon

Business Development Manager – Tom Wilson

Media Director – Danilo Caboclo

Technical Director – Craig Hadden

Tour Operations Manager – Terry Mckenna

Sponsorship Sales Manager – Eurico David

Tour Head Judge – Chico Garritano

European Representative – Diogo Marques

Latin America Representative – Chico Garritano

Elite Coaching Ambassador – Ryan Hardy

DK & USA Athlete Representative – Jeff Hubbard

Latin America Athlete Representative – Guilherme Tamega

Hawaii Athlete Representative – Mike Stewart

Sth Africa Athlete Representative – Jared Houston

APB Social Projects Ambassador – Natasha Sagardia 

I.T. & Content Manager – Andrew Bleakley

Senior Photographer – Josh Tabone



Professional Bodyboarding was birthed in Hawaii at the infamous Pipeline in 1982. Since then, as major extreme sports evolved, Bodyboarding has grown globally in the recent years with numbers of participants exceeding the tens of millions across the globe. Athlete attendance is on the rise due to the media reach from international competitions and social media platforms.

In the 80’s and 90’s, Australia, Hawaii, Brazil and Sth Africa were the major regions involved with the world tour. Moving forward into the turn of the century we now see a diverse range of athletes deriving from Morocco, Chile, the Caribbean, Europe, Japan and central America.

The sport of Bodyboarding is expanding at a rapid pace and the future prospects look very promising. The sport of Bodyboarding is not only for the elite athlete but also offers a healthy lifestyle for all ages.

Come ride with us….







  1. joe
    April 21, 21:19 Reply

    beard or no beard you kickass they should allow drop knee I hv a pp bat from hubs line in my quill cold water board coming at ya from sa diego cali

    • Wazza
      March 07, 08:46 Reply

      Rip in Garth! Support from Sumatra, Indonesia. May 2017 be Garths time. Go Big Go Deep brother!!

  2. Wazza
    March 07, 08:41 Reply

    Onwards & Upwards for the APB and BodyBoarding! Hello my name is Warren Hanly. Much better known as Wazza Hanly. I have been bodyboarding since 1990 and now own a succesful Surf Charter business in West Sumatra, Indonesia. My business and I would like to be part of the rise and success of BodyBoarding. Like most supporters and riders involved in Bodyboarding we dont have a big bank balance however we have the means and will to grow & promote BB in Sumatra, Indonesia. To assist achieve our goal the right person from APB please FEEL FREE to contact me for further discussion. Facebook: Wazzahanly & Indies Explorer Surf Charters. LETS PUT BODYBOARDING IN SUMATRA ON THE MAP!! Thank you for your time.
    Best regards
    Wazza & the team at Indies Explorer

  3. Wazza
    March 07, 09:13 Reply

    Congratulations Garth McGregor from Australia for 3rd place finsihing closely behind 2 guns in our sport! Well done brother!

  4. Patti-with-an-i
    November 06, 02:54 Reply

    Congratulations on a very successful tour. I love seeing all the growth of the sport through the APB.

    I am the “OG” promoter of the first events in the sport and I love to preserve the history so that all can see the “rootsy” work we did in the early days to get it where it is today. The professional sport of bodyboarding began in California, not Hawaii in the late 70’s. Myself and several other riders formed the Western Boogie Association in Carlsbad, California. Mike Lambresi, who went on to be a Professional Surfing Champion won the first event. Some of the first pro champions, like MIke get lost in the history archives because there is lack of photos and footage from the early days. I would like to see the first generation of riders get more coverage. They are all in their 50’s now and are still riding waves. Thank you again, APB, for all you do for the sport – Patti Serrano

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