by Michelle Michalak August 24, 2018

A highlight of summer 2018, the 42nd annual World Bodysurfing Championships in Oceanside California.

The globally recognized bodysurfing event, drew in over 350+ bodysurfers both locally and internationally. As well as a beach and pier full of enthusiastic supporters and awed beach goers.

Top 9 Highlights from the epic 2 day event:
  1. Both the Northside and Southside of the pier were off limits from everyone EXCEPT competing bodysurfers for 2 full days!
  2. Warm Pacific Ocean waves with awesome size-able 3-5 foot sets, with cleaner and better shape on Saturday.
  3. The spirit of the FANS!The enthusiasm of the family, friends, and fellow bodysurfers that gathered together for the contestants was inspiring. The community was thriving, with people making signs, lining the pier + beach, shoulder to shoulder, hooting and hollering encouragement.
  4. Connecting with old friends and making some new ones. It's always good to be in the presence of the like ocean minded people, like Sean Enoka/ Kaha Nalu Hawaii, We BodysurfersDaFins, Sole Handplanes and Leblon Fins. 
  5. Bodysurfing up-leveled itself to a true spectator sport.  I loved hearing tourist responses as they stopped to catch a peek "What are they doing? Are they racing? Bodysurfing what is that?? OMG they're riding on top of the wave!"  The curiosity, interest, and stoke was fun for all.
  6. Even people at home are tuning in, the local news station KUSI showcased the the contest and discussed bodysurfing live on the news in two 5 minute+ segments. 
  7. One of the coolest moments from Worlds was the free swim, that turned into a massive partywave alongside state lifeguard Alex Shaner, who returned to the water for 1st time, a year after recovering, from a traumatic bodysurfing accident.
  8. The level of athleticism and pure talent showcased was unbelievable.  Watching bodysurfers like Kealii Punley catch 30 second waves repeatedly, even in strong currents, was Olympian status. I like many others have a newfound appreciation for the sport, and the training involved at this level.
  9. Slyde Handboards team riders helped showcase the sport, and what's possible for the future. Displaying exceptional physical strength, endurance, and wave knowledge to score BIG.

Slyde Team Results:
Makena Magro securing 2nd place in Women 18-29
Sunny Chamblee securing 3rd pace in Women 30-44
Joe Nickerson securing 1st place in Men 15-17
Keali'i Punley securing 1st place in Men 18-24
Spencer McGarth just 1 point short of Men's Finals.

Put World Bodysurfing Competition your calendar & join us in August 2019!

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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