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….