Sunday October 15, 2017
Press Release: Fronton King 2017
Title: Isabella is the Queen of Fronton, and the last world champion of 2017 is crowned.
Nelson ‘Nacho’ Flores is the new Pro Junior World Champion, despite stumbling in the Quarter Finals of the Fronton King. Nearest rival, Cristobal Fernandez was eliminated in the Quarter Finals also, meaning that Flores had enough points to take the title. It wasn’t without controversy though…
In his Quarter Final heat, Fernandez suffered an interference from a competitor in the previous heat, who dropped in on Fernandez as he was attempting a large backflip. The ride was incomplete, and the interfering rider penalized, but this altercation definitely affected the focus and flow of Fernandez. Unable to recompose himself, Fernandez was unable to make it through to the Semi Finals. A relieved Flores was overwhelmed after realizing he had won.
But this wasn’t the only high (and low) point of what was an exceptional day of bodyboarding.
Some of the other heats of the Pro Juniors saw exceptional riding and high scores from riders such as Armide Soliveres (heat score total of 19.50 for some deep tube rides and flips), Carlos Suarez Martin (17.97), William Lujan Martin (18.50) and Lionel Medina (18.93, launching a Gorf that its inventor Nathan ‘Nugget’ Purcell would have been proud of). The peak of the tide coincided with a pulse in the swell and the conditions were perfect to say the least.
The other big highlight of the day was the performance of the women, in particular Isabella Sousa, who launched the biggest backflip in the history of women’s bodyboarding to earn a perfect 10 in the final and take the win from Alexandra Rinder, who was in scintillating form in her Semi Final.
It cannot be understated how exceptional the commitment and performance of the Semi Finalists was today at El Fronton. Rinder and Sousa were head and shoulders above the competition in both Semi Finals, but the performances of Teresa Padilla and Paloma Freyggan were something special. Both riders committing to large sets on the shallow reef as the swell pulsed, the crowd on the edge of their seats every time they pulled into the heaving barrels. Both riders attempted some serious aerial maneuvers in their heats too, but failing to bridge the gap in both instances.
The women’s final was uncharacteristically one-sided, with Sousa dominating the heat posting a heat score total of 17.17 to Rinder’s 8.50. By all accounts, it was as if Rinder surfed her final in the semi finals. The performances of both Sousa and Rinder today were so strong today that it was as if they were sending a message to the new world champion Joana Schenker (who had been eliminated in the earlier rounds). The message was: you may have won the title, but we are going to be here next year and ready to take it back.
Women’s bodyboarding is healthy indeed.
Competition is set to resume tomorrow with the second semi-final of the Pro Juniors, then final, with the Men’s Trials scheduled to kick off in what should be a building swell in perfect conditions.
It’s gonna be epic!