Las Escolleras 2009 <> YON's Trip <> PreContest <> More Bodysurfing <> Back to YON
Sponsor Manta Bodysurf Club's Page on Facebook. This year - 2012 Torneo: April 28 & 29. Poster to the right =>
Organizer Raul Monroy answers questions on the Yahoo Bodysurfing Group list.
In the bodysurfing contest, 10 heats of 4 each started Saturday morning, going down to 5 heats on Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning there were four quarter final heats, followed by bodyboarding semi-finals, then bodysurfing semi-finals. See the heatsheet.pdf. The finals took place around 2PM on Sunday. By then, the waves had died down quite a bit. Saturday morning there were still some waves coming in.
All pictures are Jerry Caldwell's pictures, unless noted as (jch) for me or (th) for Tim Hankins. See more of Jerry Caldwell's Pictures, Las Escolleras 2009. To the right is Rich, Jerry's son. Full Image
I first learned of this contest on the Bodysurfing Group as did nine other American contestants, several of whom had come perviously. Here are a few pictures of us Americans and Raul. Left and middle on Friday night, right Sunday morning.
The contest was held at Las Escolleras, which a breakwater protecting the marina in Ixtapa. The mix of islands off shore, currents coming down the beach and the marina channel means there can be some wild currents that will last for 5 minutes or more. Given that a heat is 15 minutes, if one of these currents hits while you are out there, it adds a bit of a challenge.
Panorama taken during the Bodysurfing Contest at Las Escolleras. The green flag is up, but the waves were down Sunday afternoon. (jch) (higher-res 10K x 1K)
A few more action shots. Jerry took the most pictures of Rich in the water and lots of his old friend Mark and a few of me since I begged him to. Sort of chronologically, Mark, me & Rich.
Rich ON the Tube (see In the Tube above)
YON in round 1, again (end of ride)
Torneo Internacional de Bodysurf Las Escolleras, April 25,26 <> hi-res PDF
last update 2009.05.02 jch