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San Clemente: the first North America qualifying event for the Bodysurfing World Tour

Updated: May 27, 2023


Men Open finalists: Greg Wilkinson, Frank Musso, Ian Moore, Ed Sweeney

USA BodySurfing operated it's first contest of 2023 at T-Street, San Clemente. The contest was also the first qualifying event in North America for the IBSA Bodysurfing World Tour.


The contest included 48 men and 16 women, In addition to the Open divisions for Men and Women, other divisions included Boys Uunder 18, Girls Under 18, and two Masters divisions - Men 70 & Over and Women 45 & Over.


Women Open finalists: Miko Baron, Marion Christensen, Scotti Shafer, not pictured Makena Magro

The winners were Greg Wilkinson (Men Open), Miko Baron (Women Open), Brendan Lyons (Boys U18), Miko Baron (Girls U18), Lee Mench (Men 70+), and Calla Allison (Women 45+). Complete results can be found on the website for USA BodySurfing.


The IBSA World Tour competition features both Open Men and Open Women divisions and will be held in two stages.


The first stage, in 2023, the IBSA BodySurfing World Tour Qualifying Series, will be held in five different regional areas including North America, Latin America (South and Central America), Polynesia (Hawaii and Tahiti), Europe/Africa, and Australia/Asia. Competitions with the IBSA BodySurfing World Tour Qualifying Series label will take place throughout the year, and a rankings will be established at the end of the season. The top-ranked bodysurfers from each regional area will then represent their region in the IBSA Bodysurfing World Tour Finals. The qualifying system for men is based on the top 8 ranked BWT QS bodysurfers, with 4 being the highest-ranked and 4 selected from each national community. For women, the top 4 ranked BWT QS bodysurfers will be selected, with 2 being the highest-ranked and 2 selected from each national community.


The second stage, in 2024, the IBSA BodySurfing World Tour Finals, will bring together the top ranked bodysurfers from each region, as well as bodysurfers who receive wild cards (8 for open men and 6 for open women) awarded by the IBSA. A total of 48 men and 24 women will showcase their skills in what promises to be an unforgettable competition.

Competitors at the T-Street contest gained points to qualify for the World Tour Final to be held in Hawaii in early 2024.






Bodysurfing World Tour Qualyfing System event ranking


OPEN MEN


1. Greg Wilkinson (USA) 1000

2. Edward Sweeney (USA) 860

3. Ian Moore (USA) 730

4. Frank Musso (USA) 670

5. Tim Burnham (USA) 610

5. Brett Templeman (USA) 610

7. Wyatt Joyce (USA) 555

7. John Black (USA) 555

9. Thomas Vanmelum (USA) 500

9. Darren Moody (USA) 500

9. Bryan Knowles (USA) 500

9. Steve Gleason (USA) 500

13. Tony Scholl (USA) 450

13. Mark Drewelow (USA) 450

13. David Curry (USA) 450

13. Lee Mench (USA) 450

17. James Fenney (USA) 400

17. Ben Laurin (USA) 400

17. Paul Byrne (USA) 400

17. Greg Monahan (USA) 400

21. Steve Zoller (USA) 380

21. Thomas Gomes (USA) 380

21. Pat Malo (USA) 380

21. Conor Mccain (USA) 380

25. Vern Rogers (USA) 360

25. Darrin Moet (USA) 360

25. Shawn O’Gorman (USA) 360

25. Christopher McDougall (USA) 360

25. Michael Ferris (USA) 360

25. Blaine Morgan (USA) 360

25. Wes Biggerstaf (USA) 360

25. Bill Schildge (USA) 360

33. Tim Cunningham (USA) 320

33. John Samuelson (USA) 320

33. Thorsten Hegberg (USA) 320

33. George Burtless (USA) 320

33. Wyatt Tillotson (USA) 320

33. Jeff Williams (USA) 320

33. Larry Erman (USA) 320

40. Tommy Moore (USA) 285

40. Mark Dowling (USA) 285

40. Spencer McGrath (USA) 285

40. David Armenta (USA) 285

40. Rob Pelkey (USA) 285

40. Justin Bailey (USA) 285



OPEN WOMEN


1. Miko Baron (USA) 1000

2. Scotti Shafer (USA) 860

3. Marion Christensen (USA) 730

4. Makena Margo (USA) 670

5. Sunceray Rickard (USA) 610

5. Calla Allison (USA) 610

7. Michelle Urkov (USA) 555

7. Kelly Canby (USA) 555

9. Jacqueline Ewing (USA) 500

9. Katy Collins (USA) 500

9. Sophia Cendro (USA) 500

9. Meredith Rose (USA) 500

13. Cassandra Flores-Montano (USA) 450

13. Liz Hunter (USA) 450

13. Peyton Boyd (USA) 450

13. Joanne Zachau (USA) 450

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