The Bodyboard-Depot Team Riders
We work closely with our Team Riders Iain Campbell, Zhaidys Perez, Tom Catten, Cerven Cotter, Matt Davies, Matt Sharman and Phil Underwood to gain invaluable feedback on how the products they use perform in UK waters and overseas (from Penzance to Peniche to Puerto Rico to Cape Town).
They’re our research and development crew. While they push the boundaries of our beloved sport, they tell us which products take a nosedive, which are solid and most importantly which ones go off.
This helps us to make informed choices when stocking future products and when advising our customers.
2017 APB World Champion, Iain Campbell is 30 years old and from Cape Town in South Africa.
Iain is a true global bodyboarding superstar, who has consistently been one of the world's best riders over the last ten years. He is passionate about the sport and developing the next generation of riders, and regularly posts inspirational and insightful videos on his YouTube and Instagram channels.
Follow Iain on Instagram: @iaincampbell_
Zhaidys Perez (Zypss)
Zhaidys is a 27-year-old who has loved sports since her childhood. Zhaidys firmly believes that bodyboarding brings enormous happiness.
Zhaidys currently lives in Puerto Rico, a tropical island with many beautiful beaches. The town of Arecibo is especially blessed with incredible places to ride some of the best waves in bodyboarding.
Zhaidys has been riding for 7 years and plans to compete at the national level, travel the world and continue to be an inspiration for young girls - so that they too have the courage to challenge themselves in our incredible sport.
Follow Zhaidys on Instagram: @zypss
Tom is 16 years old and from Portreath in Cornwall. Already recognised as the UK's most talented up and coming grom (young bodyboarder), Tom underlined his status by winning the U18 Cornish Bodyboarding Series in 2021.
Known locally for his technical ability, Tom has bodyboarding pedigree running through his veins - his dad is 4 x UK Champion Dan Catten.
Follow Tom on Instagram: @tomcatten_
Whilst Cerven took a 20 year break from the bodyboarding scene, he can now be found applying his Paul Roach inspired, punk rock fuelled dropknee attack to the UK’s east coast, transferring years of experience gained from his formative years entrenched in the east coast of South Africa.
An active member of the global bodyboarding community, Cerven is Movement Magazine’s digital editor and press officer for the bodyboarding world tour organisation, the International Bodyboarding Corporation (IBC).
In his previous bodyboarding life, Cerven has served as Editor of South African Bodyboarding magazine, worked as a bodyboarding judge and organised the first all dropknee contest in South Africa.
Follow Cerven on Instagram: @cervencotter
Matt Davies (Mave)
Mave, a UK expat, made Portugal his home back in 2007. Since then, he has established his reputation as one of the most stylish DK riders in Portugal and has competed in the Sintra Pro DK division.
As well as being a highly skilled and experienced bodyboarder, Matt is a passionate environmentalist. He is a Director of Mossy Earth – the super cool carbon offsetting company that The Bodyboard-Depot partner with. You can estimate your carbon footprint and get recommendations on reducing your impact here.
Follow Mave on Instagram: @matt_mave_davies
Matt is an ex professional rugby player, who took up the sport after moving to Newquay in Cornwall 8 years ago. He is on a mission to become Britain's best bodyboarder and compete on in the IBC World Tour.
He has travelled to Australia, Morocco, Portugal, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and Spain in search of the best waves. In 2021, Matt entered his first competition at the Sintra Pro in Portugal and reached the quarter final of the Cornish Bodyboarding Series.
Follow Matt on Instagram: @matt__sharman
Phill started bodyboarding way back in 1988, entering competitions in the 90's with the likes of Damian Prisk, Rob Barber and Bjorn Storey.
He then left the competition scene and has been an underground sponger for the last couple of decades, both locally and around the world - testing himself at some of the world’s scariest waves, such as Chopes, Cloudbreak, Namotu and Desperations.
Phill is pretty much guaranteed to be on it with his GoPro, filming waves, himself and other riders - he’s all about the froth and buzz of being a UK sponger.
Follow Phil on Instagram: @boogieviews
Guy Sowry - Director
Guy has salt water running through his veins, having been born and raised on the South Coast of England.
A huge bodyboarding fan, Guy took over the reins at the Bodyboard-Depot in 2015. He is passionate about supporting the sport and spreading the boog stoke worldwide whilst trying to help save the planet one tree at a time.
Over 2575 trees planted to date.