If you have been following our posts talking about the 2014 Bodyboard World Tour you will remember the last article alluded to the fact there would not be a World Tour until 2015, this is now not the case. The news has been flying back and forth more times than a fiddlers elbow, one minute the tour was on, then off and now back on, only not as an official IBA series of events.
The IBA seemed to have realised quite how inept they have been and in an effort to be taken seriously again and hopefully to make sure they get it right, they have announced that they will not be holding a Tour until 2015. Step in the APB (Association of Professional Bodyboarders), which is made up of a group of elite Bodyboarders, promoters and officials. You can read our earlier article about the APB here.
Not prepared to wait a whole year for a recognised professional Tour, and to keep momentum and enthusiasm within the sport the APB have managed to organise a programme of 9 events that will play out over the next ten months. Although all competitions are subject to change, the season will kick off at Pipeline mid February. With stops at Arica, Sintra, Puerto Rico and Australia it looks to be a mouth-watering programme and is sure to bring out the best in all the riders.
Finishing in Fronton, the Bodyboard community will get the event that we all feel was taken away from us so abruptly in 2013, although Surf-Report thinks that if any APB members are reading this, next year (2015) you should build to a climax throughout the year and finish in style at Pipe.
To keep up to date with all the developments with this year’s Tour check in regularly with Surf-Report and visit the APB Facebook page. Do you think the IBA can be taken seriously after this fiasco or will putting the Tour in the hands of the professional riders be the best thing for the sport? And let us know what other spots you think the APB Tour should visit?