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I’ve been digging around for information on the upcoming topic of bodysurfing and I haven’t found what I would have expected, that there has been a bodysurfing contest in the Rockaways. And I came up with nil. In fact I reached out to Tom Dugan of Eastern Surfing Magazine and as far as he is concerned, he cannot recollect any bodysurfing contest on the East Coast since……forever!

So it’s with tremendous pride and delight that I announce that The Rockaway Beach Bodysurf Underground and Rockaway Beach Surfer’s Association will present the first annual Rockaway Beach Bodysurf Contest on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Beach 84th Street Jetty ("The Box") from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Rockaway Beach, New York City.

From the Wikipedia site, “Bodysurfing is the art and sport of riding a wave without the assistance of any buoyant device such as a surfboard or bodyboard. Bodysurfers usually equip themselves with a pair of specialized swimfins that optimize propulsion and help the bodysurfer catch, ride and kick out of waves.

The Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic competition runs at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline. This event is considered to be a world-class pro-am competition and yet is also considered one of the truly unique underground surf contests around. Among the bodysurfing population at large, the event is considered the premier event internationally. It is one of the only times a professional bodysurfing competition has exclusive access to the Pipeline's favorable winter waves.”

What’s going to be exponentially cool is that the long time winner of the Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic, Mark Cunningham, is flying in from Hawaii specifically for the event!

The Contest is open to male and female participants of all ages, to compete for a Grand Prize Trophy designed by legendary Bodysurfer, Honolulu Lifeguard, and artist Mark Cunningham, as well as additional prizes. Registration will open at Beach 84th Street at 9:00 am, the first heat will begin at 10:00 am. There is a $20 fee to enter, which includes a Rockaway Beach Bodysurf Contest T-shirt. After party to follow which is still TBD, updates in following week's column.

Bodysurfers can sign up at the RBSA website; rbsurfersassociation.org      

While you’re there, sign up for a $20 lifetime membership to the RBSA so we can continue to bring insanely cool events like this to Rockaway Beach and put us on the international map of the surfing world.

The mission of the Rockaway Beach Surfer's Association is to provide a unified voice for the surf community and help insure public policy appropriately addresses the needs of our large and vibrant community. The Association further exists to be of service to the local community through charitable events, contests, and other opportunities to get together, as well as by addressing important environmental concerns for our local beaches and waterways.

P.S. – An invite has been sent to President Obama, so if you see long black limos that weekend, he may have accepted the invitation.

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