Isabela, Puerto Rico
Third day of the Encanto Pro Cultura was action packed with incredible waves and major upsets. “Middles” Beach finally woke up this morning delivering 4-6 Feet waves and some of the most perfect air-bowls for Bodyboarding.
Heat 1 of the day saw Hawaiians Jeff Hubbard, Tanner McDaniel & Jacob Romero boosting some huge airs and turning up the heat but it was 3 x World Champion Jeff Hubbard becoming the winner with the highest heat score in the contest – 18.25 and advancing into Round 6.
In Round 5, all eyes were on current Tour Leader Jared Houston and he didn’t seem to be concerned about the pressure. Houston (South Africa) came out blasting with some of the biggest moves of the event and scoring the first perfect 10 of the event followed with a 9.10 totalling – 19.10.
The Brazilian storm also continued to dominate with Uri Valadao, Sergio Luis, Jose Otavio, Eder Luciano, David Barbosa and Lucas Nogueira all making through to Round 7 but the major upset of the day was in Round 6 Heat 4 when 17 year old Nelson Flores from Chile jumped from 3rd to 1st in the three man heat pushing Houston to 2nd position with only 2 minutes remaining. In the dying seconds it was Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) executing a smooth backflip off a closeout section which received just enough points to put Houston into 3rd leaving the world title in dissaray.
Other outstanding performances from Antonio Cardoso (Portugal), Maxime Castillo (France), Diego Cabrera (Canary Islands) Silvano Lourenco (Portugal) and Iain Campbell (Sth Africa) all advancing through to Round 7 along with the World Number 2 & 3 Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) and Pierre Louis Costes (France) still in contention to become the APB World Bodyboarding Champion of 2015.
Round 7 match ups for tomorrow are:
Heat 1: Antonio Cardoso vs Iain Campbell
Heat 2: Jose Otavio vs Uri Valadao
Heat 3: Diego Cabrera vs Jeff Hubbard
Heat 4: Nelson Flores vs Maxime Castillo
Heat 5: Lucas Nogueira vs Silvano Lourenco
Heat 6: Jacob Romero vs Amaury Lavernhe
Heat 7: Eder Luciano vs Sergio Luis
Heat 8: David Barbosa vs Pierre Louis Costes
The World Title Scenarios:
1:/ If Amaury Lavernhe wins his Round 7 Heat against Jacob Romero he will jump into lead. If he wins the Quarter finals, he will win his third APB World Championship!!!
3:/ If both Pierre Louis Costes and Amaury Lavernhe fail to advance from Round 7 then Jared Houston will become the new 2015 APB World Champion for the first time in his career.
Watch the live broadcast at www.apbtour.com/live tomorrow morning at 6:15am Puerto Rico time.
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