“I am amped and excited for APB tour next year! I know that with these new locations, the riders on tour will take Bodyboarding to a new level and Bodyboarding will be showcased to it’s fullest potential.” Jacob Romero, 2014 Hawaiian Tour Champion
The 2015 APB Tour schedule is set for an epic year in 2015 with some former events returning to the World Stage like Teahupoo (Tahiti), Shark Island (Australia) & The Encanto Pro (Middles, Puerto Rico) plus new events in Central & South America, Maldives & Portugal.
The APB Tour will commence in May with the first event – The Arica Chilean Challenge. There are currently 13 World Tour events proposed for the year.
The Pipeline Event in Hawaii will not be going ahead in 2015 due to issues in Hawaii involving event permit issuance and external event promoters. The APB chooses not to go into further detail regarding this topic as we are confident in this event returning to the APB Tour in 2016.
Following on from Arica, the 2nd APB event will be Antofagasta at the end of May. Itacoatiara in Brazil will be up next in the first 2 weeks of June in Rio De Janiero followed on by a new event -The Bahia Pro in North Brazil. There may also be a possible event in Panama following on from this leg in Central America.
July we will see the infamous Shark Island Challenge return to the world tour in conjunction with the south coast crusade as a combined mobile event on the east coast of Australia.
Come August, the APB is excited to announce a new event – The Maldives Open. The Tropical islands in the Indian Ocean will play host to the APB World Tour for the first time in history.
As September hits and World Title points become significant on the leaderboard, Sintra (Portugal) will once again open its doors to the APB Tour with another new event – Nazare Challenge also on the potential list (more news to follow).
We are extremely happy to announce the possible return of the most iconic wave in surfing – The Teahupoo Challenge! October 1 – 11 will be the Tahitian epic event at the infamous “End of the Road” Teahupoo. This event was last on the tour in 2003 in epic 8-10ft perfect Teahupoo. This news has many Bodyboarder’s around the globe excited and the APB is working tirelessly with the local administration and the FTS to make this happen. Local riders and riders from around the world are extremely excited at the prospect of a return to Tahiti.
Late October we have Venezuela in Central America as we close in on the tour end with another new event in Brazil – The Katherine Mello Pro.
The Encanto Pro in Puerto Rico will return to the APB Tour with a huge prize purse of USD$90,000 across 4 divisions where we will see 4 World Champions being crowned (Men’s, Women’s, DK & Pro Junior) in magical Puerto Rico at the infamous “Middles” venue.
Confirmation on all APB Tour sanctioned events will be 3 months prior to event start date. The APB will not sanction nor confirm any events within an 12 week period of an event.
The APB would like to thank all the athletes and fans on what has been a testing time for the sport of Bodyboarding in 2014. We now look forward to a strong and successful year in 2015 as we gain momentum and build globally as a united sport across all divisions and regions.
Stay tuned for up-to-date information on the APB Tour…
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