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November 26, 2019 1 min read

The Ventura Bodysurfing Classic is the flagship event for the South Jetty Swells Bodysurfing Association.

This event is held at the south jetty of the Ventura Harbor in early December. The Ventura Bodysurfing Classic will be the final event of the California Bodysurf Tour. The event is well known for providing powerful north west winter swells and cold water.

The contest has 3 Division as follows:
Men's Open
Grommets under 18 boys & girls
Women's Open
Find Current California Bodysurfing Tour Rankings HERE
WE WERE STOKED TO CATCH UP WITH SLYDE BRAND AMBASSADOR  JOSH BALL TO GET THE INSIDE TRACK ON BODYSURFING IN VENTURA.

HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE BREAK WHERE THE CONTEST IS TAKING PLACE?

Sandy bottom beach right next to the Ventura harbor. With two jetties on either side of the beach, shoulders come from the right and left depending on the swell. Sandbars on the outside make for fun long rides and on the inside, you can find hollow shore breaks.

ANY TIPS YOU WOULD GIVE TO SOMEONE COMPETING IN THE CONTEST FOR THE 1ST TIME?

Be prepared for anything! Depending on the day the winter swell can bring sloppy monster waves that wall up, lake-like conditions, or perfect glassy shoulders…you never know.

Enjoy this EPIC Video from the Ventura Bodysurfing Classic 2018 ⬇️ 

ENJOY MORE SURF TRAVEL ADVENTURES HERE

michelle michalak
michelle michalak

Michelle's diploma reads BA Psychology with a minor in English, and her license plate reads #CaliforniaDreaming4Life. She begin her career in the NYC fashion industry working with fashion and internet pioneer, Bluefly.com However, due the constant "nagging" of her entrepreneurial spirit, her crush on surfing, and hardcore love for the ocean, she chosen to call San Diego home for the past 10 years. On the west coast she 's chased waves & enlightenment working alongside "Gurus" in the online marketing & personal development industries. It in May 2012 she found her true Zen & Stoke, and joined the Slyde Handboards Team.



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Not sold on it

I had really high hopes. I have been able to use the Bula on a couple good days. I'm liking my old board better so far. But will try it a couple more times before I return it just to be sure. I have none of the below issues with my Enjoy planer, and thinking of going back.
1. The dam thing is not secure on my hand. No mater how tight I make it. It litterally pops off my hand while on a wave. Its getting really anoying having to constantly pay attention to it.
2. I switch my hand depending on the wave direction. It's tough for me to get a grip on the nose, pull it off then pull tightly on other hand in time. I've missed a couple good ones because of this.
3. The pad that goes accross the top of my hand doesnt cover my whole hand and the seam starts to rub on my hand and is uncomfortable.
4. Not a huge deal but wasnt happy that there were some small cosmetc defects on the board. Eslescially for the price
5. The board bag is kind of ridiculous. Its huge and picture on website isnt to scale, but I probably just wont use it. It was basically free.

I think the only thing I can say positive is I think it has good control... after getting used to the angle I need, and may be a bit more bouyant to pull me out of water for speed. But i need to try it a few times more and figure out how to keep the dam thing on!

I am giving these to my grandsons at the end of the month. I am sure they will love them.

Hand slyde

The leash works amazing i won't go out without my leash on....

Bula hand board

This handboard is exactly what I was looking for. The size and craftsmanship is fantastic! I have gotten some great rides with this board. Super fun.

Ready for the Senior Tour

I received my Slyde Phish just before 2 weeks of gloomy weather. Now that I’ve had a chance to road test it, I can’t wait to get back in the water.

Growing up in Long Island NY, body surfing was my first wave gliding experience. Typically we would drive straight to shore so surfing the diagonal has been a learning curve.

I look forward to many great sets this summer.

Matthew Papish (59)
Laguna Beach