31 AUGUST 2014
A new swell and improved surf conditions at Ola La Cupula greeted competitors on the final day of the 2014 APB Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival. Starting off the day’s schedule was round six of the men’s division where the first big story of the day was men’s #1-ranked rider, 2010 World Champion Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island), being put out by Eder Luciano (Brazil) in heat four. This opened the door for men’s #2-ranked Pierre Louis Costes (France) to assume control of the top spot on the world tour rankings with his heat five victory over Roberto Bruno (Brazil). Brazilian Israel Salas, after playing a role in the elimination of South African Jared Houston the day before, continued to play the role of “upset artist” by knocking 9x World Champion Mike Stewart out of competition in heat seven.
In the men’s quarterfinals, 2008 World Champion Uri Valadão (Brazil) ended the run of 20 year old Australian Lewy Finnegan in quarterfinal one. Eder Luciano continued to take out event favorites with his defeat of the last remaining Chilean competitor, Alan Muñoz, in quarter two. Quarterfinal three saw the 2011 World Champion, PLC, fall to Moroccan Brahim Iddouch. Israel Salas continued his darkhorse run by eliminating fellow Brazilian Nicholas Bastos in quarter four.
Following men’s quarterfinals, competition transitioned back to the women’s division for the semifinals. In Semifinal one, #5-ranked Sari Ohhara held off 2x World Champion Soraia Rocha (Brazil) to advance to the final. In semi two, #2-ranked Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands) continued her dominant form, defeating 3x World Champion Isabela Sousa (Brazil). From there, competition moved back to the men with the men’s semifinals where Uri Valadão, ranked 5th entering this event, continued his effective use of backflips to gain big scores. In semifinal one, Uri blasted a massive backflip that scored the first and only perfect 10 of the competition, which helped move him past fellow countryman Eder Luciano. In semi two, Israel Salas working his way past Brahim Iddouch to set up an all-Brazilian men’s final.
The women’s final was a battle of next generation talents, with 19 year old Sari Ohhara squaring off against 16 year old Alexandra Rinder. Alexandra, following the same game plan of starting strong and staying busy that had earned her passage through all of her previous heats, took the early lead and never let up. Ohhara would try her best to work her way back into the heat, but Rinder remained relentless on her way to scoring her first ever world tour victory. With this win, Alexandra takes over the lead on the women’s world tour and becomes the youngest WWT rankings leader in bodyboarding history.
The next scheduled event on the 2014 APB world tour is the Sintra Portugal Pro (Sept. 23rd-28th). This 3-star event will feature men’s, women’s, drop knee, and junior pro divisions. Stay tuned to APB Tour on Facebook and www.apbtour.com for all of the latest news, updates, and highlights.