Joel Badina wins 9th Annual Pyramid Rock Bodysurfing Championship

Joel Badina wins 9th Annual Pyramid Rock Bodysurfing Championship

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After anticipation built for weeks, the wait was finally over, the 9th Annual Pyramid Rock Bodysurfing Championship was held.

Originally scheduled to take place the weekend of January 18th and 19th, the annual competition was postponed for several weeks due to inadequate surfing conditions. And with the holding period only lasting until February 15th, many worried if the world-wide recognized event was going to be held.

But the surfing gods smiled down a week before Valentine's day and the bodysurf battle began.

Competitors from all over the globe gathered at Marine Corps Base Hawaii to show who can master the glassy tubes of Pyramid Beach.

The event is open invitation. Amateurs, professionals, locals and foreigners from abroad are allowed to answer the call and this year there was no shortage of talent. With a 70 person field, the Koa Bowl Trophy was up for grabs.

The format of the event is broken into 5 age divisions for the men and one open division for the ladies. At the end of the day, the winners from each division face-off to be named Grand Champion.

This year the crown is heading overseas, all the way to France, courtesy of Joel Badina.

The Pyramid Rock Bodysurfing Championships was created in 2006 to help raise awareness and funds for the U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warriors Regiment.

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