Nazaré, October 1, 2015
Today will be a day that Canary bodyboaredr Aleandra Rinder will always remember.
It was a day when she captured her second APB World Bodyboarding Title in Nazaré, Portugal, and firmly established herself as one of the sports elite.
The day started with the quarter finals of the girls and in the first quarter Ayaka Suzuki (Japan) surfed a smart heat to eliminate Chilean rookie Anis Velis.
Anis has been the surprise package of this year’s tour and has rattled some cages in her short time in competition, but today Ayaka looked in control and her extra experience showed as she selected the better set waves and made the right moves at the right time.
But it was all eyes on quarter final two as the reining world champ took to the water against an inform Jessica Becker (Brazil).
As the girls were about to paddle out a thick blanket of fog engulfed the contest area and forced organizers to put the event on hold for about 20 minutes.
This wait was the last thing that Alexandra needed, as the pressure of the heat was already weighing heavily on the 17 years olds mind.
When the fog lifted and the heat got underway Alex launched into a solid left that netted her a 6.75 and a seemingly perfect start to the heat.
But that was short-lived when Becker blasted out of the gates with a 8.50 that included a spectacular air-roll on the outside section.
At this point, Alexandra was in an ok position but just moments later with Becker holding first priority Alexandra blatantly dropped in on Jessica and the title defence was on hold, indefinitely.
The only other rider that could have secured the title today was Sari Ohhara from Japan and she also had a sizeable hurdle to jump in the form of Brazilian former world champ Isabella Sousa.
Sousa looked focused on her first few waves whilst Sari was clearly overwhelmed by the magnitude of the situation and seemed hesitant and indecisive, but somehow stayed in contention needing less then 6 points to take the heat.
In the final minutes Alexandra was completely engulfed in the emotion of the prospect of winning a second world title and fidgeted her way up and down the beach wrapped in a Canary Island flag and constantly looking towards the heavens for some kind of divine intervention, but she didn’t need it.
Isabella surfed a perfect heat and in a carbon copy of last years win, handed the title to Alexandra by defeating her opponent.
Diego Cabrera had been coaching Alex through the heats & was first on hand and the two hugged and fell into the shore-break in front of the media gallery waiting for the moment.
It was a perfect end to a dream that could have been a nightmare.
No longer the rookie teenager that could have been perceived to fluked her maiden title, Alexandra Rinder silenced the critics in 2015 by winning two events and finishing high enough in the others to be a legitimate world champion.
At 17 years of age she is a multiple world titleholder and a perfect role model to inspire a new generation of female riders.
Sari Ohhara slipped away quietly whilst all the fanfare was happening but will no doubt be back bigger and better in 2016 to seek out her own dream.
Amongst the madness of todays world title the Men hit the water and some amazing performances went down before the high tide brought the event to an abrupt halt with two heats remaining in R5.
The women’s semi’s saw Isabella down Joana Schenker and Ayaka defeated Jessica Becker setting up and interesting final for tomorrow.
The event will get underway tomorrow at 9am and organizers are expecting the swell to drop a little before a new pulse rolls in Sunday.
Watch it live at www.apbworldtour.com/live
Nazaré, October 1, 2015