Arda beach, Viana Do Castello. Portugal
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The Viana World Championship of Bodyboarding wound up today in clean two-to-three-foot waves with South African Iain Campbell winning his second consecutive event and racing to the top of the men’s rankings at the same time.
Campbell bagged the highest wave score of the final, 7.75 (out of a possible ten points). The South African smashed out an array of powerful moves to make his intentions clear for his world title aspirations.
Former world champ Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) surfed a brilliant campaign leading into the final but it was Campbell that stole the show with his polished consistent riding.
“I’m just so stoked,” said Campbell.
“I’ve been really working hard on my fitness and everything has just come together. I can’t wait for Nazaré now” he added.
In the Pro Junior final Matheus Bastos was too good for fellow Brazilian Socrates Santana popping a variety of airs and impressive rolls.
Third place went to Chilean Joaquim Soto & fourth was Portuguese rider Pedro Marchardo.
The great story of the event was legendary bodyboarder Mike Stewart, who at 53 years of age surfed with pinpoint accuracy over the course of the event to claim fourth position behind Pierre Louis Costes (France) and booked a position on the podium.
“I honestly feel like I am still improving,” said Stewart as he accepted his trophy.
The APB World Tour now moves to Nazaré for the next leg beginning on October 3rd.