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USA BodySurfing launched its inaugural contest in Huntington

USA BodySurfing launched its inaugural contest on February 11, 2022 in Huntington. This was the first of three USA BodySurfing contests scheduled to operate in co-location with USA Surfing events in 2022.


The conditions were ideal for competitors and spectators. Consistent 2-4 foot waves with no wind and sunny skies prevailed all day.


Five divisions of competition included:


Men 45 & Over

Men Under 45

Women 18 & Over

Girls Under 18

Boys Under 18


The top four finalists in each division received awards. All competitors will be included in seasonal rankings.


Team Da Fin Hawaii swept the finals of the Men's Under 45 division, Wyatt Yee won first place in a close final heat with his Hawaiian teammates Kealii Punley (2nd), Dane Torres (3rd), and Kanealii Wilcox (4th).


photo by Ryan Masters


Each division awarded team points to the top four finalists.


The Del Mar women were the big difference in leading the DMBC to team victory over team Da Fin Hawaii In the Women 18 & Over three of the four finalists represented the Del Mar team. In addition to Meredith Rose in 1st place, Sunny Rickard was 3rd, and Scotti Shafer was 4th. Calla Allison was 2nd.


Greg Wilkinson (1st place in Men 45 & over) was joined in the top four of the division with Del Mar teammate Mark Drewelow (3rd). Brett Templeman from Ventura placed 2nd. Famous Hawaiian bodysurfer on team Da Fin, Mark Cunningham, finished in 4th.


photo by Ryan Masters


Gabby Bigler of Del Mar (13 years-old) edged out Olivia Dillon from Santa Cruz to win top honors in Girls Under 18.



USA BodySurfing is now planning for the next contest on April 22 in San Clements (T Street). Sponsorship opportunities exist for all local and national entities. Sponsors and contributors and can contact vince@usabodysurfing.org for further details. USA BodySurfing is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all individual donations are tax deductible.


Competitor Registration for future contests will be available on STACT app www.stactapp.com in March.


Usa BodySurfing Series Ranking



photo by Bill Schildge



Final Results


USA BodySurfing contest Huntington Beach February 11, 2022




WOMEN Over 17


1. Meredith Rose (Del Mar), photo by Adam Crane

2. Calla Allison (Pine Street-Carlsbad)

3. Sunny Rickard (Del Mar)

4. Scotti Shafer (Del Mar)


MEN 45 & Over


1. Greg Wilkinson (Del Mar)

2. Brett Templeman (South Jetty Swells-Ventura)

3. Mark Drewelow (Del Mar)

4. Mark Cunningham (Da Fin Hawaii)


MEN Under 45


1. Wyat Yee (Da Fin Hawaii)

2. Kealii Punley (Da Fin Hawaii)

3. Dane Torres (Da Fin Hawaii)

4. Kanealii Wilcox (Da Fin Hawaii)


Girls Under 18


1. Gabby Bigler (Del Mar)

2. Olivia Dillon (Santa Cruz)


Boys Under 18


1. Steven Leste (Las Oladores-Oceanside)

2. Tyler Hearst (South Jetty Swells-Ventura)

3. Andrew Leste ( Las Oladores-Oceanside)

4. Brayden Brisbois (Pine Street-Carlsbad)



TEAM STANDINGS


1. Del Mar 170

2. Da Fin Hawaii 110

3. South Jetty Swells 60

3. Las Oladores 60

4. Pine Street 40

6. Santa Cruz 30



photo by Bill Schildge

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