Chris Cunningham of Huntington Beach High School recently turned professional after winning the bodyboarding event at the World Contest, held Feb. 16-21 at Surfer's Point and Wilderness Beach in Puerto Rico.
The 17-year-old junior is no stranger to success. Last year, he finished first in bodyboarding at the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. national meet and second in the U.S. championships. In 1986, he won the U.S. championship as well as the NSSA nationals.
Cunningham, a Huntington Beach native, started bodyboarding five years ago with the city's junior lifeguard program. "Learning to bodyboard is a lot easier that it is to learn to surf," he said. "But once you get into advanced moves, it becomes just as hard as surfing."
As a member of the Morey Boogie team, he expects to compete in five major events a year, including meets in Brazil and Australia.