Members of Del Mar Bodysurfers win gold at festival championships

Del Mar BodySurfers at the International Bodysurfing Championships: L-R: Jeff Robbins, Hal Handley, Tom Marr, Eric Phleger, Robert Wilcox, David Lane (winner of the Grand Masters division). Brent Armstrong (winner of the Mens Senior division), Rick Hornbuckle, and Vince Askey. Courtesy photo
Del Mar BodySurfers at the International Bodysurfing Championships: L-R: Jeff Robbins, Hal Handley, Tom Marr, Eric Phleger, Robert Wilcox, David Lane (winner of the Grand Masters division). Brent Armstrong (winner of the Mens Senior division), Rick Hornbuckle, and Vince Askey. Courtesy photo
Brent Armstrong, left, won first and Tom Marr placed second in the Mens Senior Division at the 2015 International Bodysurfing Championships. Courtesy photo
Brent Armstrong, left, won first and Tom Marr placed second in the Mens Senior Division at the 2015 International Bodysurfing Championships. Courtesy photo

Brent Armstrong and David Lane of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club won gold medals in their age/gender brackets at the International Bodysurfing Championship in Manhattan Beach. The annual event was held Aug. 1 as part of the annual International Surf Festival (www.surffestival.org).

Armstrong, 30, won the Mens Senior division. A longtime Del Mar resident, he is a financial adviser at Weatherly Asset Management in Del Mar. Armstrong edged out DMBC teammate Tom Marr (18) who is visiting Southern California this summer from his home in Australia to participate in four bodysurfing contests with the DMBC.

Lane, 59, won the mens Grand Masters division. Lane is a professor of philosophy and sociology at Mt. San Antonio College.

David Lane, left, and Brent Armstrong with their gold medals. Courtesy photo

Other DMBC members fared well in the contest and several reached the finals in the their age groups. Eric Phleger and Hal Handley both won silver medals. Robert Wilcox and Ray Sullivan won bronze. Bill Schildge and Vince Askey finished fifth in their age bracket finals.

On Aug. 22 and 23, Lane, Armstrong and other members of the DMBC will compete in the Bodysurfing World Championships in Oceanside (www.worldbodysurfing.org).

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. The club was formed in late 2012 and has raised a fund to help promote the sport of bodysurfing. The DMBC plans to take members on exchange programs to several countries, including Australia in March 2016.

Contact them at DelMarBeach@aol.com, visit the Facebook page of Del Mar BodySurfing Club or contact Vince Askey at 858-755-1016.


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