Mike Stewart is hands down, no argument and without doubt, the most influential and successful bodyboarder there has ever been and at the age of 52 is showing no signs of slowing down. The 9 times world champion is still competing regularly and has just taken the win at the third stage of the Kellogg’s IBA Hawaii Pro Tour in the Millers’ Surf Big Island Challenge, with a dominant and mature display of bodybaording. As well as Mike winning in style, his young prodigy, the wonderkid Tanner McDaniel also cleaned up in the Junior division.
Both the Science riders excelled in the hollow conditions and Mike, laid on a masterclass, using all his experience to link moves in and around the pocket, reminiscent of the glory the days of the 80’s and 90’s. Tanner also surfed with maturity and remained unflustered whilst he was trailing in the final, eventually selecting two decent waves to eke out the win.
The Masters competition also saw other veteran bodyboarder’s dusting off their boards and fins, with Keith Sasaki, Pat Caldwell and Ben Severson all featuring in the final with David Kelly winning the event. What do you think of Mike Stewart still competing and winning at the age of 52 and do you think Tanner will go on to dominate Bodyboarding as much as Mike has?
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