Del Mar Bodysurfer wins grand champion at Huntington Beach competition

Meredith Rose in action at Huntington Beach. Rose won the 20-plus age group in Handplaning and placed third in Bodysurfing. Courtesy photo
Tom Marr receives the Mens Bodysurfing Grand Champion trophy from Mark Johnson, director of the Chubascos Bodysurfing Association. Courtesy photo

Tom Marr of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club won Men’s Grand Champion in the annual Chubascos Bodysurfing & Handplaning Championship in Huntington Beach recently. Marr won the 19 & U bracket in both bodysurfing and handplaning.

Marr, 18, is visiting Southern California this summer from his home in Australia to participate in four bodysurfing contests with the DMBC in August. A sophomore at the University of Queensland, he is the first recipient of the club’s international student exchange program. He is being hosted locally by bodysurfing families through Aug. 25.

The club’s Richard Loughridge won the overall Grand Champion in the handplaning division, and Meredith Rose won first place in the 20-plus Handplaning Division. Rose also placed third overall in the Womens Bodysurfing division.

Richard Loughridge (and son), winner of the Handplaning Grand Champion.
Richard Loughridge (and son), winner of the Handplaning Grand Champion.

Other DMBC members fared well in the contest and several reached the finals in the their age groups.

Dr. Chris Lafferty finished second in the Mens 55-64 bodysurfing. Bruce Robbins, Robert Wilcox, Morgan Launer, Tish Denevan and Rick Hornbuckle all reached the championship finals in their age bracket finals.

On Aug. 22 and 23, Marr along with other members of the DMBC, will compete in the Bodysurfing World Championships in Oceanside (

The DMBC meets at 9 a.m. every weekend on the beach in front of the Del Mar Motel to enter the waves for approximately one hour. For information, contact, visit the Facebook page of Del Mar BodySurfing Club or call 858-245-4705.