Hello, my name is Bernardo Jerónimo, I am a Portuguese bodyboarder from Figueira da Foz, and I practice bodyboard since I was 12 years old. I don’t compete anymore because I don’t like to do it, I am a freesurfer with a huge passion for the ocean and I love to surf heavy and dangerous waves. The feeling you get doing that is amazing and it motivates me to push my limits every time I am into the water.
My competitive Career wasn’t the best of all times but I was top 30 of world qualifying tour and I was national champion under 16. I have been all over the world with my bodyboard, I was in Brazil, Hawaii, Mexico, Indonesia, Canary islands, Chile, Islands of Azores and many others to compete and explore the waves. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I am so glad I had that opportunity! It’s for sure that I will see more other places and keep the search for the best waves all over the planet.
Everyone can see my videos and photos on vimeo, facebook and also on a Portuguese bodyboarding magazine, Vert magazine, those are the places to see me in action during my bodyboarding career.
Search the best waves on the planet and travel as much as possible.
To be a happy person recognized by what I like to do in and out of the water.
The main risk is drowning but there are some other risks such as column, shoulders and knees injuries that are very vulnerable to landing impacts.
To be in the water with dangerous conditions and survive using your own knowledge, it´s a dangerous game that you must win all the time and I love that feeling.
It´s always important to be in the water with somebody but when that´s not possible I choose spots that I know very well or I do some other physical exercise.
Normally I try to be at the best spots with the best conditions in my country where everyone can push their limits and that dedication has been working during all these years.
It´s kind of nerve racking when we don’t choose the best waves during the heats, we must be a little lucky all the time.
Maybe my father because he loves me, he loves the ocean and the waves like I do.
To have a stable life and travel as much as I can.
Bodyboarding Lesson: Lesson (90 mins), Bodyboard, Wetsuit/Lycra, Transfer, Insurance
Level 2 – Intermedium (3 hours)
– First contact with the water and the body drag techniques. Fell the traction of the kite while
floating on top of the water going downwind and being able to control the kite with only one
hand on the bar while maintaining full control of the body position;
– Full control of the kite water relaunch in all possible ways;
– Downwind bodydrag;
– Body drag both ways (right and left);
– Self rescue on the water;
– Body drag to recover a lost board and being able to return to the beach in control of the kite
– Understanding the de-power system and how to trim it;
– Rules of right of way on the water and safety rules.
IKO certify with the established trainee’s level.