The Coast News Group

Del Mar body surfers rock surf festival

DEL MAR — Briguitte Linn Wiedemeyer and David Lane, of the Del Mar BodySurfing Club, won gold medals in their age/gender brackets International Bodysurfing Championship in Manhattan Beach Aug. 4. The contest was part of the annual International Surf Festival.

David Lane, 58, won the men’s Grand Masters division. Briguitte Wiedemeyer won the women’s division. A resident of Brazil, Wiedemeyer comes to southern California most summers to pursue competitive bodysurfing.

Member Bill “Froggy” Schildge, 62, took home a bronze medal in the men’s Legends division. Schildge is also acclaimed for his contributions and efforts to the development of the sport throughout France, a country that has recently produced some of the world’s best competitors.

On Aug. 16 and Aug. 17, Lane, Wiedemeyer and Schildge along with many more members of the DMBC, will compete in the Bodysurfing World Championships in Oceanside. For more information on that event, visit

The DMBC congregates every weekend at 9 a.m. on the beach in front of the Del Mar Motel to enter the waves for approximately one hour. The DMBC was formed in late 2012. The club has raised a fund to help promote the DMBC and sport of bodysurfing.

Recreational and competitive bodysurfers of all ages are encouraged to participate with the DMBC. The DMBC plans to take members on exchange programs to several countries, including Australia in March of 2015.

To learn more about the club, email [email protected] , or visit the Facebook page of Del Mar BodySurfing Club.