17 AUGUST 2014
Day three of the 2014 APB Arica Chilean Challenge saw the top 16 go to work out in the water for round three, the non-elimination round at El Gringo. In heat one, 2008 World Champion Uri Valadão dialed into a couple of rare right-hand gems and was rewarded with the scores needed to win the heat and skip to round five. 2010 World Champion Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) also looked very strong, registering scores in the eight point range to win heat two. In heat three, 6x World Champion and 2x Arica Chilean Challenge Champion Guilherme Tâmega (Brazil) scored a 9.67 barrel ride, tying Diego Cabrera for highest score of the event so far (9.67 in round two), on his way to winning the heat. Also putting on an impressive performance, 3x World Champion and defending 2x Arica Chilean Challenge Champion Ben Player (Australia) took out heat four to advance straight to round five.
Heat five saw a very much in-form Jacob Romero (Hawaii) win out to earn passage past the round four repercharge. In heat six it was another Hawaiian impressing the crowd, with 15 year old Tanner McDaniel scoring a 9.33 on his way to taking out his mentor 9x World Champion Mike Stewart along with the rest of the competitors in the heat. In textbook fashion, 2011 World Champion Pierre Louis Costes boosted big flips to score the heat seven win. Then, to finish off round three, spectators watched as veteran Brazilian competitor Roberto Bruno hammered down a 9.67 on his way to winning the heat and moving on to round five.
Competition continued through the first half of round four, the repercharge heats, before being put on-hold. Airam Cabrera (Canary Islands) redeemed himself after a tough round three heat to win heat one, with Brazilian Helliton Loureiro finishing 2nd and also advancing out. Heat two saw the Chileans Alan Muñoz and Sebastian Siede advancing on to round five, with Muñoz winning the heat on the strength of a massive air reverse on one of the right-handers that scored a 9.5 from the judges. Siede advanced in dramatic fashion, scoring a 5.67 in the final two minutes to move up from 3rd into 2nd place and continue on in the event. Continuing the Chilean momentum, Christian Fernandez won heat three, with Brazilian Eder Luciano also advancing through. In the last heat of the day, Brahim Iddouch (Morocco) paved his way to the heat four win with big scores including a 9.33 on a huge flip. Brazilian Lucas Nogueira finished 2nd in the heat to continue on to round five.
The remainder of round four is currently on-hold, with the competition on call tomorrow (18 August 2014) for a 6:30am check-in Arica local time. Stay tuned to APB Tour and Arica Chilean Challenge on Facebook as well as http://www.apbtour.com for all of the latest news, updates, highlights and live webcast coverage.