Our next rider comes from an area that has some of the best surfing waves in Portugal, most say she is the Queen of Portuguese bodyboarding and is certainly up there in terms of the media exposure she attracts for Portuguese sport and bodyboarding in general.
A complete professional who is idolised by many, a perfect role model and ambassador for Portugal.
We are lucky enough to have her, as well as Ben Player joining us in the UK for a coaching weekend at The Wave in Bristol in April, just click on the first picture of her to book your spot.
"Hi my name is Joana Schenker, I'm 32 and I´m from south Portugal, a little town called Sagres. I still live there today!
I started bodyboarding in 2001......
Bodyboarding has a long and strong history in the area I grew up in so my friends from school were already bodyboarding, one day I went to try it with them I got hooked right away.
Growing up my heroes were Neymara, Kira, karla Costa and Stephanie Petterson...
In would have to say my favourite beaches in Portugal were beaches in the Sagres area. In fact my favourite beach in the hole world is actually in Portugal....Zavial my best memories are from this beach.
My first board had a bright red deck with a yellow slick, it was a WR Dora Gomes promodel
We were so many bodyboarders back then, all of my friends were into it, but most importantly my two best girlfriends Neuza Mochacho and Janaina Sousa would be my everyday company catching waves.
I started competing one year after picking up the boogie in 2002 and have been competing ever since. Its been so far 3 x junior national titles, 6 x national open titles, 1x european junior title, 4 x european open titles and 1x APB world tour title in 2017
I´m very lucky to say yes I´m a full time professional bodyboarder right now. Sponsord by Ocenario de Lisboa, Oceano Azul Foundation, Municipio de Vila do Bispo, Cerveja Sagres, Eau Thermale Avène, VW Portugal, Reeflex, Science, and Surfplanet Sagres.
I wish there was more women´s boogie clothes brands out there!
My music choice depends a lot on what I´m hooked on at that moment, sometimes punk, sometimes hip hop and sometimes something completely different.
The best memories I have of growing up was spending all day at the beach with my friends, all we cared about was to have fun!
I don´t really have a routine, when home I´m always trying to find the best waves each day, but I also spend a big part of the year travelling for comps in Portugal, Europe and around the world. I arrange everything myself, it´s stressful but also a lot of fun."
Photo credits include:
Mendo De Dornellas
Joana, thank you for catching up with us, we look forward to exploring your lovely home Sagres and sampling the waves you have on offer.
Have you seen the latest is there anything Heriberto and his crew are not doing for the sport of Bodyboarding .... Aug 11th-16th 2020, Mexico.
Hit up The Puerto Experience for full deets.....
Chicks why not have a weeks masterclass down in Mexico with big wave charger Valentina Diaz.
Just click on the pics below......
Another comp on the horizon from our boy Stevie Maher and Lloyd Llewellyn "Lindsay Connolly Memorial Sunshine Coast Dropknee Shootout" artwork by Miguel Smith, to be held in April, contact the boys to enter.
Just click on the artwork below........
Why not go check out The Mentawais and tell on the original All Bodyboard harter
If you find yourself in Devon April 24th-26th then head on down to meet the crew from @saltwatertherapy @oceancorduroy @bodyboard_depot and join a fun filled beach family weekend.
Click on the link below to be directed to the UK's premier bodyboard shop, stocking all the brands that support the sponge scene as well as their own super cool brand.
Grab yourself 10% off SENNOSEN wetsuits the brand that just signed PLC and helped sponsor "The Fronton King" 2019.
Just another example of brands backing bodyboarding click on the pic below with code KRISTIANMARTIN
Fancy a trip to Brasil to surf the Pororoca give Xandinha Ereiro a shout to book your spot.....
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