Del Mar bodysurfers win gold for Del Mar Bodysurfing Club
Briguitte Linn Wiedemeyer and David Lane of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club won gold medals in their age/gender brackets International Bodysurfing Championship in Manhattan Beach. The annual event was held Saturday, Aug. 2, as part of the annual International Surf Festival (www.surffestival.org).
Bill “Froggy” Schildge, 62, took home a bronze medal in the mens Legends division. Schildge is widely acclaimed for his contributions and efforts to the development of the sport throughout France, a country that has recently produced some of the world’s best competitors.
David Lane, 58, won the mens Grand Masters division. Lane earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at UCSD and is a professor of philosophy and sociology at Mt. San Antonio College.
Briguitte Wiedemeyer won the women’s division. A resident of Brazil, Wiedemeyer comes to southern California most summers to pursue competitive bodysurfing.
On Aug. 16 and 17, Lane, Wiedemeyer, and Schildge, along with many more male and female members of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club, will compete in the Bodysurfing World Championships in Oceanside. Visit www.worldbodysurfing.org.
The DMBC congregates every weekend at 9 a.m. on the beach in front of the Del Mar Motel to enter the waves for about one hour. The club was formed in late 2012, and has raised a fund to help promote the DMBC and the sport of bodysurfing.
Recreational and competitive bodysurfers of all ages are encouraged to participate with the Del Mar BodySurfing Club! The club plans to take members on exchange programs to several countries, including Australia in March 2015.
For information, email DelMarBeach@aol.com, visit the Facebook page of Del Mar BodySurfing Club or contact Vince Askey at 858-755-1016.
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