Del Mar Bodysurfing Club member takes first in age group at Santa Cruz meet

Dr. Chris Lafferty of the Del Mar Bodysurfing Club won first place at the Santa Cruz Bodysurfing Championship.

Dr. Chris Lafferty, 56, of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club, won first place in the 2014 Santa Cruz Championships in the Mens Senior division.

Lafferty, who practices obstetrics and gynecology, edged out teammate Dr. Bruce Robbins, 58, who placed third. The competition was held Oct. 11 and 12.

The DMBC congregates every weekend at 9 a.m. on the beach in front of the Del Mar Motel to enter the waves for approximately one hour.

The DMBC was formed in late 2012 and has raised a fund to help promote the sport of bodysurfing.

Recreational and competitive bodysurfers of all ages are encouraged to participate with the DMBC, which plans to take members on exchange programs to several countries. The first trip will be to Australia in March 2015. Non-members and non-bodysurfers are welcome to participate with the two-week tour, which will include Sydney, the Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast.

Email, visit the Facebook page of Del Mar BodySurfing Club or call 858-755-1016.