APRIL 17TH, TAHITI
The SparkGreen Tahiti Challenge Opening ceremony was held today at Teahupoo, Tahiti where the Top 48 APB Bodyboarders experienced a local traditional welcoming.
The village community of Teahupo’o opened its doors to the APB with a ceremony that consisted of the local legend stories, traditional dancing and a welcome speech from the Tahitian Minister of Sports & Education.
The Sparkgreen Tahiti Challenge will commence tomorrow morning at 8:00am (18th April) with the trials event, where 40 International and Tahitian athletes will compete at Teahupo’o to be one of eight qualifiers into the main event to compete against the world’s best Bodyboarder’s this week.[df-gallery url=”http://apbtour.com/gallery/tahiti-open-ceremony/ “]
Forecasts are showing a 3m swell predicted to hit the south shores of Tahiti in the next few days which will create spectacular waves where these athletes will be pushing the boundaries of professional Bodyboarding in the death-defying break called Teahupo’o.
World Champion’s Jared Houston (ZAF), Mike Stewart (HAW), Amaury Lavernhe (REU), Pierre Louis Costes (FRA), Guilherme Tamega (BRA), Ben Player (AUS) and Jeff Hubbard (HAW) were humbled by the welcoming and are extremely excited to back in Tahiti competing after a 12 year hiatus.
“I am extremely happy that the APB Tour has been fortunate enough to gain approval and support from the Tahitian government and partners to be able to return to the best wave in the world where we can showcase our sport in the best light.” Alex Leon – CEO of the APB Tour
The event will run for four days inside the 10 day waiting period which kicks off tomorrow and finishes on May 2nd.
Live Broadcast and all event information at www.apbtour.com/live