The sport of bodyboarding has a long history. The sport was invented by Tom Morey and Pat Caldwell. Stephanie Petterson and Phylis Dameron were the first female bodyboarders. Today, female bodyboarders like Phylis Dameron have reached the finals of the Pipeline world bodyboarding championship.
Tom Morey was born and raised in Laguna Beach, California, where he was first introduced to surfing. As a child, he was sponsored by renowned surfboard maker Dewey Weber and grew to become an expert surfer. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Morey worked in composite manufacturing for the aerospace industry, where he learned about revolutionary post-war materials. Morey then quit his secure job to start his own surfboard business, introducing the boogie board, bodyboard and the paper surfboard.
In 1971, Morey came up with a design that made surfing more accessible for everyone. The board was short and flexible, and the rider would stand or kneel on the board. It was designed to be used with fins attached to the feet.
El Rollo bodyboards are an evolution of the bodyboarding style. They are more of an aerial than a traditional bodyboard. Invented by Pat Caldwell, these boards have become the most popular boards on the North Shore. The El Rollo was invented to help bodyboarders get in the air and land big waves. It is made of a foam material that allows bodyboarders to flip and roll over the waves.
The El Rollo was invented by Pat Caldwell, a professional bodyboarder, born in California in 1962. In his early teens, he started competing in Hawaii. As he grew older, he became more adventurous and tried different things. In the mid-1980s, he landed his first el rollo in Hawaii.
Phylis Dameron, known as Xandinho, is one of the world's greatest female bodyboarders. She pioneered surfing in difficult locations, such as Waimea Bay in Hawaii. The sport of bodyboarding features aerial maneuvers on large waves. Women have carved their own niches in the sport, as did the first female competitor in the late 1970s, Phyllis Dameron. She made the finals of the 1997 Morey World Bodyboarding Championship, making history in the process.
Phylis Dameron's success in the event has been a major boost for Brazilian women's bodyboarding. The event is held in mid-December in Pipeline, Hawaii, and features waves that range in size from four to eight feet. While Hawaiians dominate the event, 3 Aussies made the semifinals, including Evan Penglis, Mark Sutton and Tony Sykes.
Xandinho, or Alexandre de Pontes, was a bodyboarder from Brazil who reached the finals in the 2009 Pipeline world bodyboarding championship. This was a great achievement for a Brazilian, who was regarded by all. He had many friends in the sport, including Rick Werneck, Kiko Ebert, and Robertinho.
Xandinho is a great guy and a great surfer. He also works as a zookeeper. He has a great work ethic. He is very humble, and he is a very hard worker.
Alexandre De Pontes was Brazil's most popular bodyboarder in the 80s. He beat Mike Stewart, who was considered unbeatable at that time. De Pontes became the first Brazilian to achieve this goal.