(June 14, 2013) Professional bodyboarder Brian Stoehr, who grew up riding the waves in Ocean City, has had a number of board endorsements and contracts with big name companies during his 14-year career.
Recently, his three-year bodyboard contract with Airwalk was up for renewal, but when Stoehr had the opportunity to work with Catch Surf, he jumped at it.
“The timing was perfect because I’m just getting out of the Airwalk contract. This is such a great opportunity I had to take advantage of it,” Stoehr said.
Stoehr still has a shoe endorsement with Airwalk, but the company no longer produces new boards, the 34-year-old said.
“It’s a cool opportunity to work with probably the most popular bodyboard and soft surfboard company in the industry. They also make beater boards (stand-up boards), which have become incredibly popular,” he said.
Catch Surf is the parent company of Division 71, the brand Stoehr’s signature series boards are made under.
For a little over a year, Stoehr worked with Catch Surf Owner George Arzente and Marketing Director Chris Monroe to develop two high-quality, durable boards. The 45-inch stand-up bodyboard, which Stoehr said is similar to a beater board, is ideal for the waves in Ocean City, he said.
He also has a 42-inch board, perfect to lay on or for drop knee, he said. Stoehr is a two-time United States Bodyboard Association Pro Tour champion in the drop knee division, winning in 2008 and 2009. He has finished in the top 10 every year since his professional career began at age 19.
“I’m selling the boards that I ride every day,” he said.
The boards became available on the West Coast last week. They hit East Coast stores this week and Stoehr said they can be found in local surf shops. The boards will be shipped worldwide this month.
“I’ve had a dozen signature boards over my 14-year career and they’ve always sold in the $200-$250 price range,” he said. “I worked with the company to develop stronger boards for less money.”
The 45-inch board sells for $150 and the 42-inch costs $120.
“They’re less than half the price of what a lot of my competitors sell their boards for and the materials are better,” Stoehr said. “You can get the best boards on the market for an amazing price. When you see me in the water, I’m riding the boards they’re selling.”
Stoehr, who lives in southern Delaware, said as long as there are waves, he can be found almost daily in Ocean City riding them.