Posted: November 1, 2010 at 10:22 pm

 Alex de Pontes was also known as Xandinho, he was the first Brazillian to receive international recognition in the sport. Alex charged in Hawaii on his BZ with Redley Fins and was the first Brazilian to reach the finals of the Pipeline Bodyboarding World Championships. He was also involved as a designer for Redley and was a  rider represenative for the bodyboarders on the World Tour. In 1994 while returning from a contest in Portugal he was killed in car accident. Fellow countryman 6 time world champion Guilherme Tamega  credits Xandinho as one of the greatest bodyboarders of all time.This shot was taken in Manly at the Pro comps around 89.     photo Stroh

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