Surfs Up

The Del Mar BodySurfing Club (DMBC), which was established in October two years ago, has made a name for itself, proving it’s a club to be taken seriously. In 2013, the DMBC team finished in fourth place at the Bodysurfing Championships. This year, DMBC member Briguitte Linn Wiedemyer of the Club recently took home her second first-place finish at the Huntington Beach Bodysurf Championships, winning the gold medal in the Womens division. One of the Club’s founding members, Bruce Robbins placed second in the Mens Masters division as well. Tim Barnes and Jeffrey Robbins both secured a spot in the Mens 20-39 age division at the semifinals.

DMBC was founded by thirteen members who were regular bodysurfers in Del Mar, including Chair Vince Askey and Treasurer Polly Rogers. The Club includes social members, recreational bodysurfers, as well as competitive bodysurfers. DMBC hosts practices every Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. on the sand in front of the Del Mar Motel for one to two hours. As for the future of the club, members are busy training for the Noose Festival of Surfing Bodysurfing contest which will take place in spring. The DMBC will be the first American team to compete at this event.

The DMBC hopes to promote more youth participating in the sport and is making efforts to get teenagers involved. To find out more information about the club email Vince Askey at delmarbeach@aol.com, or visit www.facebook.com/delmarbodysurfingclub.