Dr. Chris Lafferty, 56, of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club won first place in the 2014 World Bodysurfing Championships in the Mens 55-64 years age division.
Lafferty, who practices obstetrics and gynecology, has won the championship in his age group the past two years in a row, and a total of seven times. He has also twice previously been crowned the overall Grand Champion in the annual contest that has been held in Oceanside since 1977.
In the finals heat of the 2014 WBC Mens 55-64, Lafferty edged out the renowned Mark Cunningham of Hawaii for top honors.
More than 350 bodysurfers from around the world participated in the prestigeous tournament. The Del Mar Bodysurfing Club “Good Vibes” team made a big splash at the contest by winning second place in team scoring, with 11 team members reaching the finals in their age brackets, including Jack Hayward (4th M15-17), Tim Barnes (5th M25-34), Dr. Dave Lane (4th M55-64), Dr. Chris Lafferty (1st M 55-64), Mike Hannon (6th M 65+), Froggy Schildge (3rd M 65+), Jody Hubbard (4th W 30-44), Dr. Lisa Apramian (2nd W 30-44), Linda Holmgren (6th W 45+), Briguitte Linn Wiedermeyer (3rd 45+), and Jonathan Despergers (2nd M25-34).
The DMBC meets at 9 a.m. every weekend on the beach in front of the Del Mar Motel to enter the waves for about one hour. Formed in late 2012, the club has raised a fund to help promote the DMBC and sport of bodysurfing.
Recreational and competitive bodysurfers of all ages are encouraged to participate. The DMBC plans to take members on exchange programs to several countries, with the first trip being to Australia in March 2015.
Email DelMarBeach@aol.com, visit the Facebook page of Del Mar BodySurfing Club, or contact Vince Askey at 858-755-1016.