CALIFORNIA BODYSURFING TOUR
Photos by Duncan Selby, Bruce Robbins, and Tim Burnham
Events and Schedule
SJSBA administers the California Bodysurfing Tour. The California Bodysurfing Tour is comprised of four events in which participants earn points based on their results at each event. At the final event in Ventura, Men’s and Women’s tour champions are crowned based on their top three event finishes throughout the year.
The four events are as follows;
Zuma Beach Bodysurfing Classic
Hosted by the South Jetty Swells Bodysurfing Association.
May 30th 2020
Zuma Beach is known for its powerful beach break and picks up all swell directions. Early forecasts have May looking good for the early season southern hemisphere swells.
Huntington Beach Bodysurfing and Handplane Championships
Hosted by the Cubascos Bodysurfing Association.
August 15th & 16th 2020
Held at the legendary Huntington Beach Pier in Southern California. This event draws upwards of 200 participants from all over the world for two days of epic bodysurfing and Handplaning. Huntington Beach is one of California’s best and most famous beach breaks and home to the US Open of surfing.
The Huntington Beach Bodysurfing and Handplane Championships are held in early August and consistently delivers quality southern hemisphere swells.
The California Bodysurfing Championships
Hosted by the Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Association.
October 3rd 2020
This competition epitomizes the soul of bodysurfing. Competitors and spectators alike always walk away with a heart filled with stoke and good vibes regardless of their personal results.
The California Bodysurfing Championships are held at Laguna Beach five miles north of Santa Cruz along the pristine Northern California Coast, and consistently delivers some of the coldest and most powerful conditions.
The California Bodysurfing Championships are held in October at the onset of strong northwest pacific swells.
The final event is the
Ventura Bodysurfing Classic
Hosted by the South Jetty Swells in Ventura, California.
November 28th 2020
The Ventura Bodysurfing Classic is the flagship event for the South Jetty Swells Bodysurfing Association. This event is held at the south jetty of the Ventura Harbor in Late November/early December. The Ventura Bodysurfing Classic will be the final event of the California Bodysurf Tour. The event is well known for providing powerful north west winter swells and cold water.
2019 California Bodysurfing Tour Rankings
Rankings = Best 3 Events
All Tour Events will have 10,000 tour point available for competitors.
Event points will be based on the number of competitors in each division.
Total points earned for each event will be a combination of tour points and event points.
Grand Final champions will receive an additional 1000 points or a percentage of 1000 points for runner-ups depending on the event format.
VENTURA BODYSURFING CLASSIC 2019
Saturday December 7th brought solid surf, rain, and over 100 bodysurfers to the Ventura Harbor for the annual Ventura Bodysurfing Classic. This event is the flagship competitive event of the South Jetty Swells Bodysurfing Association held every winter. This year marked not only some of the best waves in the history of bodysurfing competitions, but the final event of the California Bodysurfing Tour.
Event organizers scrambled when faced with a 6-10 foot swell forecast. Extra lifeguards and emergency services were organized, and a “Big Wave Scoring Format” was put into place. The main difference in this format change was giving competitors extra time in each heat. This would allow them to not only reach the lineup in time, but to be more selective when choosing what waves to take off on. The weather, aside from light drizzle, cooperated with light offshore winds all day long.
Chris Ford of Ojai, and Meredith Rose from Del Mar were unbeatable and won the Grand final in stellar fashion. Chris was able to catch one of the best rides of the day in the Grand Final heat, taking off on a set wave, threading a low tide barrel, performing multiple maneuvers, and finishing the wave with a powerful lip bash on the inside. As his brother David said “If you want to win at this event you need to beat the locals”, but nobody could this year. Coming all the way from Hawaii, Dane Torres of Oahu dominated the Junior Men’s division. He was able to negotiate the powerful winter swells with ease applying traditional wave riding skills along with progressive above the lip maneuvers. Winning the Legends division along with the California Bodysurfing Tour was Southern California legend Mark Drewelow. He competed in all four tour stops and proved to be the most consistent surfer of the year. Meredith Rose took the Women’s tour championship and solidified herself as the top female athlete of the year. 16 year old Cayden Durrett from San Diego was the winner of the under 18 Grommet division.
The California Bodysurf Tour featured close to 300 athletes competing in four events from Huntington Beach to Santa Cruz. It was a huge success and we look forward to next years tour. Please stay tuned for announcements regarding next year’s events.
Thank you all who attended and participated.
Past Event Photos
Photos by Duncan Selby