Nilda Point, Antofagasta (Friday, 31st July 2015): Brazilian Socrates Santana is a name that you’ll hear a lot more of after his dazzling display during the Pro Junior final at Nilda point.
The Posto-Cinco local outpointed Hawaiian whiz-kid Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii) in tricky conditions as the swell bottomed out in Antofagasta.
The win was a highlight in the career of Santana who is being mentored by GT.[df-gallery url=”http://apbtour.com/gallery/2015-antofagsata-bodyboard-festival-day-4/”]
The Pro Junior was run alongside the Festival, and is a great inclusion on this years APB Tour.
The day started with the Women competing in some testing surf with inconsistent sets and a huge full moon high tide combining to transform Nilda into a completely different playing field.
Chilean Anais Velis looked like the only rider that had a good read the break, posting a 10.75 to be the rounds top scorer.
At just 16 years of age, Anais has a bright future ahead of her.
By the time the guys hit the water the tide was dropping and the waves offered some punchy ramps with Lewy Finnegan (Australia) scoring 17.75 out of 20 to be the rounds best performer followed by Pierre Luis Costes (France) with 17.00.
There is a titanic swell rolling up the South Coast of Chile and by Sunday the whole Antofagasta coastline could be a white-wash. Some surf forecasters are calling it the swell of the year.
It’s expected that the leading edge of the new swell will start to show tomorrow for the final day of the ABF.
With this in mind the organizers decided to run the women’s quarterfinals.
In the first ¼ Sari O’Hara (Japan) defeated an inform Paloma Freyggan (Chile)
Current World Champion Alexander Rinder (Canary Island) easily outpointed Valentina Diaz (Chile)
Isabella Sousa (Brazil) and Ayaka Suzuki (Japan) traded blows before a sweet roll to spin combo on a sucky section netted Sousa the points needed to progress into the semis.
The final heat of the day was highly anticipated as Anais Velis (Chile) took down multiple world champ Neymara Carvalho (Brail) in the greatest victory of her short but illustrious career.
Tomorrow will kick off with the Men’s R5 heats and the event will most likely conclude in some crazy waves so be sure to tune in from 8am local time.
The live scores & heats can be seen here http://chile.refreshtec.com/2015/apbant/#
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Pro Junior Boys
1 – Socraties Santana (Brazil)
2 – Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)
3 – Matheus Bastos (Brazil)
3 – Nelson Flores (Chile)