22 AUGUST 2014
The final day of competition at the 2014 APB Arica Chilean Challenge began with the quarterfinals. In quarterfinal one, Chilean Alan Muñoz started off the heat with a solid 7.50 but stuggled through the remainder of his time out in the water, allowing 2010 World Champion Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) to register the scores he needed and advance to semifinal number one. Quarterfinal two saw 6x World Champion Guilherme Tâmega come out firing with a 9.00 barrel ride immediately following the start of the heat, and never let up. Tâmega, essentially, dominated fellow Brazilian Lucas Nogueira for the duration of the heat and advanced on to round out semifinal one.
In quarterfinal three, 9x Mike Stewart continued his momentum, landing some solid scores and leading the heat for most of the time out in the water. Alex Uranga (Basque) never gave up, though, and found his rhythm late in the heat with scores of 9.50 and 7.73 to move past Stewart and advance to semifinal number two. Quarterfinal four threw a bit of a curveball at 2011 World Champion Pierre Louis Costes (France) and young Australian Lewy Finnegan. Pierre jumped out to the early lead with two quick scores, putting Lewy in combination situation (in need of two new scores). Then, El Gringo went flat for the next ten minutes. With roughly five minutes left in the heat, only three waves had been ridden. Both PLC and Finnegan each added one more wave to their score cards, but Lewy just did not have time to work his way back into contention. Costes would advance to round out the semifinals.
Competition moved directly into the semifinals, with semi one turning into a “Battle of World Champions.” 2010 World Champion Amaury Lavernhe versus 6x World Champion Guilherme Tâmega lived up to the billing, with both riders exchanging waves back and forth like heavyweight boxers exchanging punches. It was close but, in the end, GT’s 9.43 and 7.5 just were not quite enough against the 9.5 and 7.5 of Amaury Lavernhe. Moz had just punched his ticket to only his second ever Arica final. In Semifinal two, Alex Uranga and Pierre Louis Costes battled back and forth throughout the heat, with both riders dropping scores in the eight point range. When all was said and done, though, it was PLC making it to his second final in two consecutive events.
With the final set, the two Frenchmen Amaury Lavernhe and Pierre Louis Costes faced off to determine not only who would win claim the 2014 Arica title but who would assume the number one ranking on the 2014 APB world tour. Both riders looked strong during the thirty minute final, but Amaury literally saved his best riding for the end. On his last two waves, Amaury scored a 9.25 on an amazing barrel ride and dialed up a 10 on the last wave of the final with a perfect air reverse off of the left bowl. The crowd gathered on Ex Isla Alacrán exploded in response. After having lost to Dave Winchester (AUS) in the 2010 Arica final, Amaury Lavernhe secured the win over Pierre Louis Costes in storybook fashion. Amaury Lavernhe is now the 2014 Arica Chilean Challenge Champion, as well as the new number one ranked rider on the men’s world tour
Up next, the 2014 APB world tour moves on to the Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival (August 26th-31st in Antofagasta, Chile). Antofagasta will be event number four for the men’s world tour and event number two for the women’s world tour. Stay tuned to Association of Professional Bodyboarders and Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival on Facebook as well as www.apbtour.com for all of the latest news, updates, highlights and live webcast coverage.