THE ARICA CHILEAN CHALLENGE, CHILE 2015 – An APB Bodyboarding World Tour Contest.

Event No. 2 of the 2015 APB World Bodyboarding Tour.

19th July 2015

Competition resumed on day three of the 2015 APB Arica Chilean Challenge with Men’s round four. As a result of yesterday’s withdrawal from competition due to injury by Chile’s Alan Muñoz, the first scheduled three man heat was already narrowed to just a pair of Brazilians. With round five being reseeded, there was no need to run the first heat, providing supergrom David Barbosa and veteran rider Roberto Bruno direct passage into the next round.

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Heat two provided an upset of sorts, with 9th ranked Eder Luciano (Brazil) making an early exit from competition at the hands of fellow countryman Lucas Nogueira and Portugal’s young gun Antonio Cardoso, finishing 1st and 2nd respectively. Another Brazilian would claim the win in heat three, with Helliton Loureiro dropping a pair of eights (8.0 and 8.4) to come out on top and advance on. Finishing in second and moving on to the next round was young Chilean Sacha Damjanic, who is coming off of a strong fifth round run at the season opener in Brazil and continues to impress here at Arica.

Hawaiian supergrom Tanner McDaniel continued to show off his development as a young rider with a confident victory in heat four. Meanwhile, Morocco’s Brahim Iddouch was able to hold off veteran competitor Airam Cabrera (Canary Islands) to finish in 2nd place and advance out of the heat. In heat five, 2008 World Champion Uri Valadão started off strong, but struggled in the middle portion of his thirty minute heat before registering a 7.25 and a 7.15 on two of his last three waves to secure the win. Also advancing out of the heat, Australian young gun Lewy Finnegan scored a pair of sixes (6.35 and 6.15) in the first half of the heat which would prove to be enough to hold onto 2nd place.

The biggest performance of the day came in heat six. South African Jared Houston came out firing, and nailed down a perfect 10 on his second wave of the heat with a massive invert off of a walled-up, critical section. Jerry controlled the heat through out, continuing to look very loose out in the water, and building on his secondary score several times. By heats end, he went on to back up his 10 with a similar invert on a slightly smaller righthander which earned a 9.65 from the judges. His combined total heat score of 19.65 is now the highest combined total of the event.

Heat seven would be a highly-contested battle between Chilean Alexander Wittmann and Brazilians Israel Salas and Dudu Pedra. Alexander and Israel battled back and forth, while Dudu seemed to have trouble tracking down anything more than mid-range scores. In the final moments of the heat, Wittmann was penalized for an interference which resulted in his elimination, and allowed the two Brazilians Salas and Pedra to advance on to round five. In the final heat of the day, 9-time World Champion Mike Stewart capped off round four with an impressive heat eight performance. On his second wave of the heat, Stewart scored a 9.25 barrel ride. He would back that up two waves later with an 8.40 on a wave that offered up two barrel sections. Brazilian Jose Otavio went on to fend off young Chilean Diego Berrios to finish 2nd in heat eight, and claim the last remaining slot for round five.

Competition is set to resume tomorrow, with Men’s round five scheduled to hit the water. Riders on call for 8am local Chilean time and a potential start time of 8:30am.


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