AN EXPLOSIVE DAY TWO AT ARICA, MEN’S ROUND TWO & THREE COMPLETE
THE ARICA CHILEAN CHALLENGE, CHILE 2015 – An APB Bodyboarding World Tour Contest.
Event No. 2 of the 2015 APB World Bodyboarding Tour.
18th July 2015
Day two of the 2015 APB Arica Chilean Challenge picked up right where it left off the previous day. Solid swell continued as competition resumed with the back half of round two. Lewy Finnegan (Australia), Diego Sepulveda (Chile), Hermano Castro (Brazil), Francisco Alverado (Chile), Brazilians Dudu Perda and Jose Otavio, and Chileans Diego Barrios and Alexander Wittmann advanced through their heats into the next round.
Competition continued into round three non-elimination heats where the first major news of the day was brought to light. In a last minute decision, Chile’s Alan Munoz announced his withdrawal from competition. After suffering multiple injuries (a sprained knee, a slipped disk in his back, and two broken ribs) while filming a video segment in Iquique, Muñoz determined that he was just not able to compete. His recovery time is expected to take roughly three months, which means he will not be competing at Antofagasta in two weeks, or the two scheduled events in Portugal later in September.[df-gallery url=”http://apbtour.com/gallery/arica-chilean-challenge-2015-day-2/”]
In round three action, South African Iain Campbell and Chilean Cristobal Sciaraffia put forth strong wave riding performances to win the first two heats, respectively, as they earned passage straight through to round five. In heat three, Alex Uranga (Basque) scored the first perfect 10 of the event on a big, reeling left-hand barrel. Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii), came out firing in round four with a big barrel of his own that received an 8.50 from the judges. Unfortunately, for the 16 year old supergrom, he had to go up against an in-form Amaury Lavernhe. The 2-time defending world Champion and defending ACC event champion blew up the heat, registering a 9.75 barrel ride and a 9.25 invert for the highest combined heat total of the day to that point.
Continuing with the explosive performances of round three, Hawaiian Jacob Romero won heat five while a hard-charging Diego Cabrera (Canary Islands) took the win in round six. 2011 World Champion Pierre Louis Costes looked unstoppable in heat seven. The Frenchman chased down a 9.75 barrel ride, and backed it up with another 9.75 by way of a massive air forward. His combined heat score of 19.50 is the highest heat total of the event so far. Wrapping up competition for the day, heat eight went down to the wire. Chilean Diego Berrios started off strong scoring a 6.50 on his opening wave, but just could not find a solid backup score. He held the lead late in the heat. Then, in the closing moments, Brazilian Sergio Luis took off on a lefthander and put together a big invert to barrel ride to roll for an 8.00 and the heat win.
Competition is set to resume tomorrow, with Men’s and Women’s riders on call for 8am local Chilean time and a potential start time of 8:30am.
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