Image: Josh Tabone Santana claims second title

Santana claims second title

The 2016 Nazarè Pro wrapped up today with the Pro Junior & Women’s divisions closing out the 10-day window and finished up a very successful triple crown of bodyboarding in Portugal.

A picturesque three-to-four foot swell dished up the perfect blank canvas for competitors as the peaks once again rolled into Praia do Norte (North Beach) in Nazaré, Portugal.

Socrates Santana (Brazil) replicated the same performance that collected him last years World Pro Junior title, executing a variety of massive moves to grab the scores needed to regain the title.

The day started with four riders in the running for the title but they fell one-by-one on the way to the finish line.

First to go was the Chilean rider Joaquin Soto who needed all the other frontrunners to fall early, but that cards never fell his way.

Second out was Brazilian Diego Gomes who fell victim to an interference call, ending his 2016 title campaign.

Third to be sidelined was the other Brazilian Matheus Bastos who’s free surfing during the week indicated he was a real contender. But the shifty peaks of Praia do Norte eluded him when he needed them most.

So leading into the semi finals there were two men standing.

Last years Champ Socrates & Hawaiian wiz-kid Tanner McDaniel.

Socrates Santana looked in control and comfortable in the thick wedges during the first semi and he booked a final spot along with Soto.

In the second semi Tanner had to fight hard against three in form Frenchman with Milo Delage dominating from the get-go. Ethan Capdeville pushed Tanner all the way to the final minute when out of no-where McDaniel nabbed a sneaky left tube that netted him a 6.15 and the second position in the semi.

The final was a nail-biting blow-by-blow encounter with the two contenders pushing the limits. But when the dust settled Socrates was the 2016 APB World Pro Junior Champion.

In the women’s podium final Joanna Shenker (Portugal) outpointed her more experienced opponent Naymara Carvhalo (Brazil) to score third place.

And in the women’s final the two-time world champion Alex Rinder (Canary Island) finished off the year with a powerful performance to defeat Isabela Sousa (Brazil) who was the one that took it from her this year.

All in the 2016 Nazaré Pro was a resounding success and things are already in place for a bigger & better event next year.

Bring on Fronton.

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