Latest bodysurfing conditions
The map above shows up-to-date bodysurfing conditions for approximately 900 beaches around the world. Zoom in to select good bodysurfing areas, then compare nearby beaches (full 5 day forecasts are available for all locations). Once zoomed in the slider can also be used to view colour changes in the next few days.
All beach forecasts are based on NOAA WW3 forecast data (utilising operational NCEP products) which are then manipulated to be bodysurfing specific, and are updated on a daily basis.
Slyde to Sponsor UK Bodysurfing Championships
The directors of UK Bodysurfing Championships C.I.C. are very pleased to announce that Slyde Handboards are to be their key sponsor for the inaugural UK Bodysurfing Championships 2017. This inaugural event is to be held at Fistral Beach, Newquay over the weekend of 16-17th September.
The event will now be known as the Slyde Handboards UK Bodysurfing Championships.
Slyde Handboards, based in southern California, are one of the fastest growing manufacturers of handboards in the world. Their ideas for a business were presented to Shark Tank (the US equivalent to Dragons Den) just a few years ago, and their business has really blossomed thereafter following a successful pitch. They have not looked back, and it is a great privilege to have them on board with us.
This partnership ensures that all competitors in the Slyde Handboards UK Bodysurfing Championships will have Bula Handboards available (for use in the heats, semi-finals and final), thus ensuring a level playing field for all.
Slyde have also kindly donated 2 Carbon Bula Handboards as prizes for the winner and runner up. These handboards are top of the range handboards and come complete with attachments for utilising waterproof cameras.
All potential competitors from the UK will need to become members of the UK Bodysurfing Association first via the Membership page, but can also register early interest via the contact form, and any international competitors who are interested can similarly get in touch this way.
In this inaugural year there will only be 12 competitors taking part from the UK with 4 wildcards from abroad, so please register your interest soon, or join now.
With Slyde on board we look forward to having a very successful inaugural event!
Bodysurfing - 2017 Birthday
The "Bodysurfing" website has a lot to look forward to going into 2017, but a fantastic amount has been achieved in just the past year or two, culminating in our re-launch last January. We've certainly a lot to celebrate this birthday, and much to look forward to going forward!
Our totally revamped "worldwide" website is up and running, which now comes with approximately 900 "Bodysurfing Specific Forecasts" covering beaches all around the world, and we have a growing list of national and international correspondents adding their own news items, articles, etc. (if you like writing or are just happy to promote the sport you could become our next correspondent)!
The new "globally orientated" website went live 12 months ago. After a few early teething problems (whereby a sudden loss of data led to a few concerns), we are pleased to say they have were all sorted. It does mean we can happily announce that the bodysurfing forecasts we produce are all ours.
We have also gone on to add in a lot of bodysurfing kit to the site during the past year, with much more to come. Incidentally, we are well aware that handplanes and waterproof cameras are really adding to the sports appeal abroad, and expect that will be the case in the UK as well. To that end we have now been able to add Slyde Handboards to our kit list! Check them all out here.
We have significantly improved and increased our social media presence internationally through both Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (whilst we also have specific Facebook pages for the Community Interest Companies).
Here in the UK, plans to get bodysurfing acknowledged as a fully fledged sport are well on their way to fulfillment. The next 12 months will be crucial to this success carrying on. Through the formation of two Community Interest Companies, the UK Bodysurfing Association and UK Bodysurfing Championships, bodysurfers from all across the UK are now able to unite, form friendships and gain expertise.
Since the memberships program commenced back in September we have seen a steady growth in interest, as well as applications to join, and the attendance figures at our monthly Meet Ups are rising every time.
Jack Middleton and Andy Bodenham arrange and oversee all the UK Bodysurfing Association Meet Ups, which are becoming increasingly popular with various watersports enthusiasts. However, we would like to see many more members come along, so even if your main sport may be surfing or bodyboarding, please do support the cause by joining us, taking part in what is a growing sport within the UK.
By holding these regular monthly Meet Ups we will also be able to ensure the best bodysurfers possible from the UK go on to compete against those from overseas.
At just £20, membership includes regular Meet Ups, free insurance (for paid up members only), as well as a 25% discount on Slyde Handboard purchases.
Having a date for our inaugural UK Championships of 16th/17th September at Fistral Beach, Newquay, is really exciting news - and that is where all of our effort will culminate later this year!
By forming these companies has also enabled us to become the sports governing body for the UK, just what our sport needed. We envisage that the UK Bodysurfing Championships may well become just one of a...
Huntington Beach Bodysurfing & Handboard Championships
The 2017 Huntington Beach Bodysurfing & Handboard Championships will take place later this year in southern California.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, this 3 day event will start on Friday 11th August going through the weekend, with about 250 participants expected to compete. As there are so many expected to take part there are various categories, so an event for just about everyone. The contest is usually free to all youths 19 & Under which encourages local kids to participate too.
Last year's categories included:-
- Kids 12 & Under
- Girls 19 & Under
- Boys 13-15
- Teens 16-19
- Women 20 & Older
- Men 20-39
- Men 40-59
- Legends 60 & Older
- Handplaning 19 & Younger
- Handplaning 20 & Older
Last years Men’s Grand Champion was Don McCredie, Women's Grand Champion Ella Jensen and Handplaning Grand Champion Augie Cunningham.
These Championships are held...
Global Swell Outlook
16th to 22nd January 2017:-
The Swell Outlook for the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans - including prospects for tropical cyclone development.
In general it will be a much quieter week in the waters around the UK as well as across the rest of western Europe, high pressure dominating until the end of the week. This high pressure will decline though next weekend allowing some moderately sized west or northwesterly swell to arrive.
After a quiet start along the eastern seaboard an area of low pressure developing just offshore may allow some large swell to develop, especially near the New England states.
In the south Atlantic South Africa will again do very well for swell. The west coast looks particularly good throughout, with some good bodysurfing conditions at times along the south and east coasts too. Brazil can expect some good swell this week due to an area of low pressure developing just off the coast.
This week it is the turn of the west coast of the US to see the really, really big swell. After a quiet start off the Californian coast early in the week some large swell near Washington and B.C. becomes even larger as it heads down the coastline. Massive swell and very large waves will arrive all along the coast for Friday and Saturday.
Check out the latest North East Pacific Charts as the week goes along.
In the south Pacific Ocean there will again be large westerly swell heading into Chile and Peru, so some great bodysurfing to be had. Similarly, New Zealand is seeing some nonseasonal areas of low pressure and large swell again this week, particularly considering it is the middle of their summer. Eastern Australia will also have good swell and waves this week, from Sydney all the way up towards Queensland.
In the north Indian Ocean there is some large swell near Myanmar this week.
In the south Indian Ocean western Australia will do very well, large swell and offshore winds often combining to give great waves.
In the Southern Ocean there will be enough areas of low pressure moving east through the week to provide good swell and waves to both Adelaide and Melbourne beaches.