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Papa Joe, the man in the green cap, can be seen swimming the peaks of Oceanside all year long.

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Mike Stewart led a deep contingent of Hawaiian bodysurfers at this year’s contest.

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Shayne McIntyre is a family man, world traveler and helluva bodysurfer. His positive energy is contagious.

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As the contest cranks to life, director/bodysurfer Tim Burnham hollers at competitors in the surf.

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Bill “Froggy” Schlidge is a champion for bodysurfing. He loves the sport and works hard to pass down his knowledge and passion to the next generation.

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Ernie Ford of Ojai has been trekking down to Oceanside for many years bringing a rack of talented bodysurfers from the South Jetty.

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Meredith Rose is a solid bodysurfer with stoke overflowing.

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Jeff is always keeping an eye on things. Here he is with fellow charger Chris Kalima looking over the heat sheets.

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Tom Hunter is always ready with your cap and the call.

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France sent some of it’s best to Oceanside this year. Joël Badina led the way.

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Mark Cunningham is always a pleasure to have running about the place. This year he was serenaded by Fred Simpson and Mike Stewart for his birthday song.

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Wedge pioneer and Viper Surfing Fins creator, Fred Simpson returns year after year to support bodysurfing ohana.

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A young man runs up to his friend to wish him luck before his heat.

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Scott Hubbell has been the man behind the curtain for the last 15 years of World Bodysurfing Championships.

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Rabbit is a humble and styled wave rider. His creativity on the wave helped him capture his age division title and put him in the running for Grand Champion.

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Scotti Schafer (Right) rode several waves to the beach in her age group final. She then ran south on the beach to get back in the water for the next set. This gutsy strategy earned her the age division win in a talented grouping.

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Contest director extraordinaire Tim Casinelli.

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Hawaiian youth Kanealii Wilcox and Tayzha

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Mike and his son Kaimana enjoyed their Oceanside premiere as Mike took down the big win.

Bodysurfing yarns woven 'tween crest & trough