Del Mar bodysurfers win gold in World Championships at Oceanside Pier

The Del Mar BodySurfing Club boasted 20 team members in the age group finals and won the majority of gold medals at the World Bodysurfing Championships. The 39th annual event was held Aug. 22-23 at the Oceanside Pier.

The club dominated the mens’ age divisions by winning five gold medals out of eight men age groups. DMBC women also fared well and added one gold medal out of four women’s categories.

Those who won World Bodysurfing Championship gold medals in their age group were:

Paul Grieumard, M15-17; Tom Marr, M18-24; Don McCredie, M45-54; Chris Lafferty, M55-64; Hal Handley, M65-plus; Meredith Rose, W45-plus.

Dr. Chris Lafferty won his eighth age-group World Championship in Men’s 55-64, edging out DMBC teammates from Hawaii Mark Cunningham (3rd) and Dr. Ken Robbins (4th). Aside from Dr. Hal Handley, all of the four other DMBC gold medal winners enjoyed their first world championship title in 2015.

Fourteen other Del Mar bodysurfers finished in the finals of their age groups:

Baxter Williams (6th, M12-14), Jack Hayward (4th, M15-17), Jeff Robbins (6th, M25-34), Rich Loughridge (3rd, M45-54), Patrice Grieumard (6th, M45-54), Mark Cunningham (3rd, M55-64), Dr. Ken Robbins (4th, M55-64), Bill Schildge (6th, M65-plus), Vivienne Kerley (W12-17), Dr. Kelly Fero (6th, W18-29), Scotti Shafer (5th, W30-44), Briguitte Wiedemeyer (2nd, W45-plus), Dr. Lisa Apramian (4th, W45-plus), and Linda Holmgren (6th, W45-plus).

Del Mar’s Vince Askey was awarded the Jack Thill Perpetual Bodysurfing Trophy for contributions to the sport, and specifically for promoting increased international participation in the event. The DMBC team included 16 competitors from foreign countries (five from France, five from Australia, three from Brazil, two from Hawaii, and one from New Zea-land).

The Del Mar BodySurfing Club will be coordinating bodysurfing tours to Australia & Brazil in 2016. Applications to participate are open to anyone interested. For information on becoming involved with the club, contact Vince Askey at