The South American leg of the 2017 APB Tour will commence in a couple of weeks and all the athletes are looking forward to the three stage leg of the mid season tour.
First stop on the Sth American leg will be the Itacoatiara Pro in Brazil on June 15th – 25th (Men’s Grandslam #1).
Regarded as the heaviest beach break in all of Brazil this small beautiful beach surrounded by large cliffs create intense wedges and can handle up to 15ft faces. 2016 event champion Alex Uranga (Basque) showed dominance to beat 2016 World Champ Pierre Louis Costes (France) in an epic man on man battle. Women’s and Pro junior divisions will also accompany the Men’s Grandslam. Brazilian’s Isabela Sousa and Diego Gomes were successful champions in 2016 in these categories.
Following on from Brazil the Tour will head to Chile for the infamous Arica Chilean Challenge on July 4th – 10th (Men’s Grandslam #2)
Floppo’s (as its named by the fearless locals) will play host again to the world’s best bodyboarder’s for the 15th consecutive year and is the most consistent reef break on the planet. in 2016, the South African Iain Campbell overcome Amaury Lavernhe in a spectacular final that was filled with amazing barrels and air moves.
The final event of the leg will head to a lower part of Chile to Antofagasta for the Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival on July 11th – 16th (Men’s 4 Star Series Event).
The ABBF was held at “Nilda Point” in 2015 but this year they return to where the event was born at “La Cupula” – A long reeling left hander that delivers tubes and ramps that suit Bodyboarding perfectly. (Australian) Lewy Finnegan was the most recent winner at the ABBF and says he wants to defend his title in the city of Antofagasta once again. (Women, Pro Jnr & DK still tentative).
Pic: Giuliano Lara Photo: Alexander Paredes
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