ABF goes mobile on day 1- Pro junior and women division’s head to Budeo

Huge waves forced the organizers to move the start of the 2015 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival to Budeo, a cool little reef break that’s usually used for the kids to learn to surf.

The main venue was maxing out under the weight of the 3mtr swells but on the bright side the forecast shows better conditions are expected for tomorrow.

Hordes of spectators lined the hills of Nilda for day 1 of the ABF but the swell exceeded the expectations of forecasts so a technical meeting with the judges, directors, lifeguards and athletes ended in postponing the Pro Men’s category until tomorrow.

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Arturo Soto, the event promoter said: “” Unfortunately the sea conditions were not the best and we had to move the competition to Budeo where it was safer. We hope that tomorrow the situation will improve and we can enjoy the great wave that is Nilda, which I am sure will get people talking around the world. ”

A decision was made to start with the junior and women & the contest got underway at 11:00 am.

In the opening round of the Pro juniors division stand out’s included Chilean Nelson Flores (15.34 points) and Brazils Ronaldo Carvalho (12.93).

Both riders scored big and looked comfortable in the heavy conditions.

Then it was the women’s turn and the girls put on a great show in front of a large crowd with Teresa Almeida (Portugal) & Yokote Natsuki (Japan) making it through the opening heat.

Huge sets pounded the competitors in heat two with Kirtys Montenegro (Brazil) and Marta Leitao (Portugal) surviving to progress.

Round two of the Pro junior heats finished off the day with Nicolas Duran (Chile) along with the Brazilian trio of David Barboa, Socrates da Silva Santana & Matheus Bastos all blazing into the man-on-man quarter finals with wins.

Hawaiian super-grom Tanner McDaniel looked out of rhythm but did enough to scrape through both rounds, proving he has a few hurdles to jump if he is to win here in Antofagasta.

“I’ve been a bit sick & I’m low on energy,” said Tanner.

The Men’s R1 heats are set for an 8.30am tomorrow, conditions permitting.

A series of lectures gets underway tomorrow with Arturo Soto, director of Club Budeo, Joseph Moller, founder Algramo and Terry McKenna, Operations manager of the Professional Association of Bodyboard (APB) all talking to kids at the local university.

“These talks will ratify our commitment to social equality. We want to show young people in Antofagasta that business is not only in copper but can also undertake a more socially conscious gaze at nature and sport, “said Arturo Soto.

Tune into the webcast at www.apbtour.com/live from 8am local time to watch the worlds best riders take on the beast that they call Nilda point.

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