If there is a Bodyboarder who is known to Wave Riders the world over it is Mike Stewart. Mike is well known for his heroic third reef Pipeline dominance, his nine Bodyboard World titles and his succesful company Science Bodyboards. What many people don’t know, is that Mike Stewart is also an expert Bodysurfer and has more Bodysurfing World Titles to his name than Bodyboarding ones!
In 2011 at Pipeline Mike Stewart took his 13th Bodysurfing World title, cementing his name futher into the history books. With a total of 22 World Titles to his name, he surely is one of the greatest waterman, if not the greatest to have ever lived. He also shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
Bodysurfing is the most purest form of wave riding and I believe that man has been enjoying throwing themselves in the surf (board-less) to try and catch a wave shorewards since the dawn of time.
There are many tricks that the Bodysurfers perform including El Rollos, 360s and some impressive tube riding and we will feature an article on the different tricks in the future. For the time being we bring you two videos of Mike Stewart in action, the second clip showing Mike taking his 11th World Title and the first of him defeating Teahupoo. Think about that for a minute – Taking on Chopes with nothing more than a pair of flippers! As I said – the greatest waterman to have ever lived?