A howling northwesterly gale didn’t deter scores of UK bodyboarding fans from gathering at Tolcarne Beach, Newquay, yesterday to meet nine-times world bodyboard champ Mike Stewart. The strong winds and chilly temperatures didn’t faze Mike, who took to the waves and wowed the fans with his skills and silky smooth style.
At a Q & A session afterwards Mike answered questions from a roomful of amped boogers and was quick to praise Born To Boogie, Orca’s new book about the history and legends of bodyboarding. “I was super stoked to see the book,” said Mike. “It’s the first time something like that has come out and I think it’s great. There’s a lot of guys in there, guys who’ve influenced me and been my peers…you could write a book on each one of those guys actually! Yeah, I think it’s a really good book. Great photos too.”
Mike Stewart is the international face of bodyboarding. Despite knocking on the door of his sixth decade, the Hawaiian still competes on the world tour at the highest level, routinely beating other riders who grew up with posters of him riding huge Hawaiian waves on their bedroom walls.