September 14, 2016 2 min read

Since 1976 The World Bodysurfing Championships have been uniting bodysurfers and bodysurfing aficionados around the globe in Oceanside California.

This year marked a momentous 40 year anniversary of the competition, where 350-400 bodysurfers from around the world competed in their respective age divisions for trophies prizes, and serious street/water cred.

Challenging yet fun, 3-5 foot sets were delivering chilly 68 degree waves, and unpredictable conditions for contestants.  Making for an awesome spectator sport.

Slyde Handboards was well represented thanks to Jake Keville, Dylan Biggerstaff, Sunny Chamblee Rickard, Augie Cunningham, Joe Nickerson, Chris Glevy, Chapin Page, and newly added team rider Makena Magro.

While Oceanside was full of aloha thanks to the epic crew of Kaha Nalu Hawaii, alongside some stand out watermen like Mark Cunningham and Mike Stewart.

The competition was stacked with talent and Slyde would like to congratulate everyone who entered! Special congratulations to Dylan Biggerstaffwho scored 1st place for his men's division age 15-17, snagging quite possibly the set of the day at the World Bodysurfing Championships. With a finals' heat total of 90.5 points, the highest of all contest division finals' scores.

And Augie Cunningham, who took home bronze. 

Check out the live FB stream of this heat here: Finals Dylan & Auggie

Another name you'll sure to be hearing more of is Makena Magro, Slyde Handboards newest female team rider.  Makena won her division woman 18-29, and reclaimed the Women's Grand Champion Title for the second year in a row, this time alongside Men's Grand Champ legendary Mike Stewart.

If you didn't make it to the contest, definitely mark it on your calendar for August 2017. The talent pool is on fire! 

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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, 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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