The final day of the Bodyboard Girls Experience in Madeira got underway early this morning and the waves were pumping thanks to light offshore winds and a clean 3 to 5 feet swell.
The mornings started with 2 x four-person heats.
Sari Ohhara (Japan) and Teresa Padilla (Canary Isl) breezed past Catarina Sousa (Port) & Traci Effinger (Hawaii) with superior way of selection and strong combinations with clean landings.
Padella has been the surprise packet of this years tournament and at only 16 years of age has shown amazing potential for the future.
In the second heat Joanna Schenker (Port) looked on-song with strong confident lines edging Neymara Carvalho (Brazil) into second, former world champion Isabela Sousa from Brazil in third and Alexander Rinder (Austria) in fourth.
This set up the two-person semi-finals
With a rising swell and dropping tide organisers decided to stage an expression session between some of the worlds best who had been eliminated from the tournament.
This was an opportunity for the girls to let down their hair and show the big crowd on hand just where women’s bodyboarding is at in 2017.
After 30 minutes Japanese rider Ayako Suzuki was victorious after landing a sky-scraping invert that had the crowd pumped.
This set the tone for the first semi-final
Japanese ride Sari Ohhara looked focused against an in-form Teresa Padella narrowly defeating her by 14.8 to 12.8
In the second of the semi-finals it was all eyes on Joanna Schenker from Portugal up against former & multiple world champion Neymara Carvalho valid from Brazil.
The maths on this one with simple.
Joanna wins this tournament and she would become the 2017 APB World women’s champ
But having five world titles under her belt helps in situations like this and Neymara looked rock solid from the get go to take the victory 13.5 to 11.5 and in turn ending the hope of Schenkers world title on the day
So the platform was set with Sari Ohhara taking on the Neymara in the BBGE final in Madeira
Back in R1 O’Hara’s first wave of the tournament was a 9.5 and that theme continued as she seemed more in rhythm with increasing swell. By this stage the waves were pushing 6-8 feet and wave selection was paramount
Ohhara looked cool and collected against Neymara and took a convincing victory that rocketed her into second position on the APB world women’s rankings and throwing the title race wide open with two events remaining.
Overall the Madeira body board girls experience was just that, an incredible experience for everyone involved and the platform has been laid for a bigger and better event in 2018.
The APB TOUR heads back to the European mainland for the next event in Portugal with the Viana Pro kicking off on Wednesday.
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