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Local bodyboarder Brian Stoehr finishes third in U.S. Pro Tour competition

LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

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Professional bodyboarder Brian Stoehr competes in the Jenks Pro competition, held Labor Day weekend in Point Pleasant, N.J. He finished in seventh place during the final event on the USBA Pro Bodyboard Tour.<br />
PHOTO COURTESY KALEN FOLEY Professional bodyboarder Brian Stoehr competes in the Jenks Pro competition, held Labor Day weekend in Point Pleasant, N.J. He finished in seventh place during the final event on the USBA Pro Bodyboard Tour.PHOTO COURTESY KALEN FOLEY(Sept. 28, 2012) Professional bodyboarder Brian Stoehr recently wrapped up United States Bodyboard Association Pro Tour competition, finishing third overall in the drop knee division.

The first tour event of the season, the U.S. Open in Huntington Beach, Calif., took place in early June. Stoehr earned seventh place honors in his event.

The Selbyville, Del.-based bodyboarder has racked up numerous accomplishments throughout his 14-year career. For the first time, Stoehr advanced to the drop knee finals of the Dave & Buster’s Sandy Beach Pro in Oahu, Hawaii, held July 7-8. He placed fourth overall in the second tour event of the year, behind three Hawaiian locals — Dave Hubbard, Sammy Morretino and Kawika Kamai.

“It’s the best I’ve ever done in a Hawaiian event,” Stoehr said after the competition. His previous top performance during that contest was seventh place. “Hawaiian events are tougher. [Hawaiians] are known for being the best bodyboarders in the world. Those guys know those waves so well.”

Stoehr’s fourth-place finish at the Sandy Beach Pro was the best anyone from the east coast has done in more than 20 years.

“I’m very fulfilled with my career already. A couple times over the years I’ve done something that I’ve never done before, but this is a big deal,” said Stoehr, who grew up riding waves in Ocean City. “It’s right up there with winning the tour a few years ago. I was pleased to accomplish something that I’ve never done before.”

The final tour event, the Jenks Pro competition, was held Labor Day weekend in Point Pleasant, N.J. Stoehr finished in seventh place.

“I didn’t do quite as well as I hoped on the last event of the tour,” Stoehr said. “I surfed good, but I always want to do better.”

His combined finishes during the three events earned him third place overall for the tour standings.

“While I really wanted to win the tour, since I put myself in position to do so again, it is still an achievement for me to finish third in the U.S. at a professional level at 33 years old,” 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 the age of 19.

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