The APB World title battle will be fought out in the pounding peaks of Praia do Norte from this Monday (October 3rd) as the worlds best roll into the infamous holiday hamlet of Nazaré in Portugal.
Leading the pack is South African Iain Campbell, who’s become the alpha-male of the men’s race after two wins at Arica & Viana.
Campbell’s consistently high-flying backflips, combined with his superior wave selection and psychical strength has set him apart from the frontrunners as the tour gets to the pointy end of the year.
“I’m speechless, this feels amazing. These wins will be something I remember for a few years to come,” said Campbell.
“But for now I’m just focused on Nazaré,” he added.
But looking right over his shoulder are four other combatants with big-league experience.
Former world champions Amaury Laverhne (Reunion Island) Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) & Pierre Louis Costes (France) are joined by Alex Uranga (Basque) and all five are in a position to win the title. Current World Champ Jared Houston suffered a major shoulder dislocation on Wednesday while warming up at Praia do Norte Nazaré and will now miss the rest of the year.
In the Pro Junior division the fight is just as tight with Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii) trying to hold off the boys from Brazil – Socrates Santana, Diego Gomes & Matheus Bastos to win his maiden title before stepping up full time into the men’s age division next year.
“I try not to think about it,” said Tanner.
“Just keep it simple and focus wave-to-wave & heat-to-heat,” laughed the Hawaiian.
The forecast for Nazaré looks amazing and if the lead up performances in the free surf sessions are anything to go by, Nazaré could be one of the best events of the year.
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