Nearly 400 bodysurfers from all corners of the planet competed at the 2016 World Bodysurfing Championships, at Oceanside Pier, California.
The old art of bodysurfing never dies and the 40th annual World Bodysurfing Championships proved, once again, that you don't need much to ride a wave. And for the purists, this is what surfing is all about.
Bodysurfers are judged on how well they bodysurf during their heat. Judges scrutinize wave selection, quality of takeoff, position in the wave, style, length of the ride, maneuvers, and originality.
A perfect performance equals a 10-point ride, and the top three waves are added together to determine the final score. Interestingly, athletes are not allowed to shoot the pier, but they can an should use bodysurfing fins.
The 2016 World Bodysurfing Championships had eight male divisions and six female divisions. The winner of each age division went on to the grand final.
Mike Stewart added another world title to his trophy room; Makena Magro took out the Women's grand final. The conditions ranged from mushy two-footers to hollow four-foot rollers.
"I quickly learned why they called this a swim meet: 15-minute heats, beach start, and top three waves. So, it was total frenzy," said Mike Stewart.
2016 World Bodysurfing Championships | Results
Grand Final Winners: Mike Stewart and Makena Magro
Men 12-14 1. Alexander Makshanoff, 61.5 2. Fisher Geary, 55 3. Daniel Thurmona, 53.5 4. Matthew Black, 5 5. Weston Homer, 42 6. Cruz Beer, 32
Women 12-17 1. Lauren Padilla, 73.5 2. Fiona Schmidt, 62 3. Alice Latuf, 62 4. Lauren Schmidt, 57.5 5. Katie Cunningham, 57.5 6. Madison Garrette, 57