The Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association
(PMBA) is one of the longest-running bodyboard clubs
in the world, having been established for over 30 years.
During that time the PMBA can boast 23 crowns at
Regional, State and National level, four World Titles
and numerous internationally recognised professional
riders including Michael ‘Eppo’ Eppelstun, Damian
King, Adam and Ashley Murray, Peter and Vicki
Gleeson, Britt-Marie Laidley and of recent times Chase
O’Leary, Charlie Holt, Sam Bennett and Jones Russell.
The PMBA also plays host to major bodyboarding
events such as the Port Macquarie Teams Challenge
and David ‘Goose’ Gosby Memorial. The PMBA’s
Teams Challenge is the only event of it’s kind in the
world. This unique event is steeped in history with the
first event being run way back in 1988!
clubs from around Australia would and still do
compete each year to claim the title of ‘best club in the
In addition to this the club pays tribute to one
if it’s founding members David Gosby by holding the
David ‘Goose’ Gosby Memorial Competition each year
David tragically drowned whilst surfing one
afternoon after school. Both the Teams Challenge and
David Gosby Memorial are two of the longest running
memorial events in the history of our sport and are a testament to the comradery and rich culture of our
The PMBA meets on the first Sunday of each month
with the exception of June and October as this is when
the Teams Challenge and David ‘Goose’ Gosby
Memorial competitions are held. Each competition is
held at one of the local beach breaks between Port
Macquarie’s North Shore and Lighthouse Beaches.
The club is a community based, not-for-profit
organisation and is run entirely by local volunteers. We
encourage all bodyboarders of all ages and abilities to
join our club and enjoy competing in a fun, safe and
Each club member competes in their nominated age
division and accrues points from their wave scores for
each heat. Points are accumulated over the course of
the competition season with an overall place given at
the end of the year.
All finalists will be announced at the end of each
competition and overall winners announced at the End
of Year Presentation.
Photography on this website has been provided courtesy of Chase O'Leary
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