16 AUGUST 2014
Day two of the 2014 APB Arica Chilean Challenge saw the top 32 hit the water for round two of competition at El Gringo. Heat one saw a pair of Chileans advancing on, with Matias Dias winning the heat and Sebastian Siede making it through another round. In heat two, Airam Cabrera (Canary Islands) and Keahi Parker (Hawaii) dominated the heat and finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, en route to the next round. Heat three saw a pair of Brazilians come out on top, with Israel Salas winning out and Hermano Castro advancing through. Fellow Brazilian Lucas Nogueira put together some solid rides, including a big flip, to earn the win in heat four, while Chilean Christian Fernandez was able to collect the scores necessary to finish 2nd and continue on in this year’s event.
The competition seamed to increase in intensity with the second half of round two. Heat five saw South African Iain Campbell charging some of the bigger and cleaner sets of the day, hitting some big maneuvers on his way to winning the heat. Michael Pascal (Chile) was also able to find the necessary two scores to advance out of heat five. The 15-year-old Hawaiian Tanner McDaniel jumped out to an early lead in heat six and never looked back, taking the heat win and advancing on. Making it through his second round in two days, Jorge Saavedra (Peru) moved through as well.Heat seven ended up being the most dramatic heat of the day. Early on in the 25 minute affair, Australian Lewy Finnegan boosted a big flip and followed it up with a roll on a solid left-hander which scored an 8.83 and helped pave the way to a fairly unchallenged heat win. On the opposite end of that, the final two minutes of the heat turned into one of the more bizarre moments of the 2014 APB world tour. With time running down Yoshua Toledo moved ahead of Yoan Florentin (Reunion Island) to take control of 2nd place, looking to pull off the late upset of the former world tour Rookie of the Year. As the final seconds were ticking away, both Florentin and Toledo began paddling for an incoming set wave. Both riders dropped in. Toledo seemed to be under the impression that he had priority, or possibly forgot that it was a four-man priority heat. Either way, it was a critical error in the final two seconds. Toledo was penalized for a priority interference, and Florentin advanced out of the heat.
Wrapping up competition for the day, heat eight saw Diego Cabrera nail down the biggest score of the event so far. Diego dropped into a clean left that offered up a ramp section that he took full advantage of, hitting a huge air forward and scoring a 9.67 for his effort. Cabrera would go on to win the heat, with Leonardo Costa (Brazil) also advancing through.
Round three, the non-elimination round, is scheduled to hit the water on day three of competition which is on call tomorrow (17 August 2014) for a 6:30am check-in and a possible start of 7am Arica local time. Stay tuned to APB Tour and Arica Chilean Challenge on Facebook as well as www.apbtour.com for all of the latest news, updates, highlights and live webcast coverage.
Steve ‘Action’ Jackson