APB World Tour 2018

April 11th, Sydney Australia

The APB World Tour is set to continue in Chile in mid May and the APB team has been working on different changes for the structure in 2018 including a new format for the Mens Tour, a Pro Junior & DK World Championships, a returning location and a split 2 tier system and we cant wait to deliver these exciting new additions to the global fans of Bodyboarding. There has already been a 1 Star QEST in South Africa which was a small event but a success with Tristan Roberts winning on home turf and a great development event for the sport in South Africa. Read more here: https://apbtour.com/2018/04/roberts-kicks-start-the-year/

Structure

The Mens World Tour in 2018 will see a 2 tier structure that being the WGS (World Grand Slam Series) and the QEST (Qualifying event series tour). The WGS will be the top 32 field of competitors (Top 24 + 4 Wildcards + 4 trialists) and the QEST will be a qualifying tour for all mens athletes to participate in. At the end of the 2018 season, the top 8 athletes of the QEST will replace the bottom 8 WGS athletes. The World Title will be decided by the best 3 WGS results. The QEST Tour top qualifiers will be decided by the best 2 QEST events and best WGS trials event.

Format

The WGS will undertake a new format that will include a Shark Island style format mixed with a competitive man-on-man format which will push the level of riding high and become more and exciting for spectators. The WGS format will see a field of 32 riders all surf 3 rounds non-elimination (competing against alternate athletes) and the best 3 waves from each rider will count to make the top 16 cut to enter the man-on-man round 4, from there it will remain MxM to the final. This new format is designed to give ample opportunity to all athletes and also allow fans to watch their favourite athletes compete multiple times as they strive for the biggest scores possible and  to eliminate the “safe surf” concept to win heats which is sometimes not exciting for viewers.

Tour returns to Australia

Along with a new format for the World Grand Slam series (WGS) there is also the return of the Australian South Coast event – The Kiama Bodyboard Slam which will also include  the WWS (Womens World Series), a Pro Junior specialty event and a tow-out air show along with local community projects and festivities.

JNR/DK World Championships 

The DK and Pro Junior categories have struggled to maintain a high number of competitors and this is predominately due to high travel costs and small sponsorship support. The APB recognises this and has decided to make in 2018 a one world championships for these 2 categories. The World DK Championships will be held in Sintra Portugal this year and the Pro Junior World Championships will be held in Viana Portugal both in September.

Schedule 

https://apbtour.com/draft-2018-calendar/

Event MENS WORLD TOURS (WGS & QEST)
Date Event Name Rating Seeds Points Location Prizemoney Event Status
1 March 31 – April 3 West Beach Warfare 1 Star Open 1,000 Port Alfred South Africa $ 5,000 Tristan Roberts
2 May 20 – 27 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival 5 Star Open 5000 Ola La Cupula, Antofagasta $ 25,000 Confirmed
3 June 4 -13 Arica Bodyboard Culture WGS Top 24 10,000 Isla Ex Alcaran, Arica, Chile $ 30,000 Confirmed
4 June 16 -27 Itacoatiara Pro WGS Top 24 10,000 Itacoatiara, Niteroi, Brasil $ 30,000 Confirmed
5 July 30 – August 9 NSW Kiama Bodyboard Slam WGS Top 24 10,000 Kiama, NSW, Australia $ 30,000 Confirmed
6 September 11 – 16 Sintra Pro 6 Star Open 6000 Praia Grande, Sintra, Portugal $ 30,000 Tentative
7 September 24 – 30 World Bodyboard Championship 4 Star Open 4000 Arda Beach, Viana, Portugal $ 20,000 Tentative
8 October 3 – 11 Nazare Pro WGS Top 24 10,000 Praia de Norte, Nazare, Portugal $ 30,000 Tentative
9 October 14 – 28 Gran Canaria Frontón King Pro WGS Top 24 10,000 El Fronton, Galdar, Canary Is $ 30,000 Tentative
WOMENS WORLD SERIES (WWS)
Date Event Name Rating   Points Event Site Prizemoney Event Status
1 May 20 – 27 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival WWS Open 5,000 Ola La Cupula, Antofagasta $ 15,000 Confirmed
2 July 30 – August 9 NSW Kiama Bodyboard Slam WWS Open 5,000 Kiama NSW Australia $ 10,000 Confirmed
3 September 11 – 16 Sintra Pro WWS Open 5,000 Praia Grande, Sintra, Portugal $ 10,000 Tentative
4 October 3 – 11 Nazare Pro WWS Open 5,000 Praia de Norte, Nazare, Portugal $ 10,000 Tentative
Best 3 out of 4 WWS count for world title
PRO JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Date Event Name Rating   Points Event Site Prizemoney Event Status
1 September 24 – 30 World Bodyboard Championship Grand Slam Arda Beach, Viana, Portugal $ 10,000 Tentative
DROP-KNEE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Date Event Name Rating   Points Event Site Prizemoney Event Status
1 September 11 – 16 Sintra Pro Grand Slam Praia Grande, Sintra, Portugal $ 15,000 Tentative
SPECIALTY EVENTS
Date Event Name       Event Site Prizemoney Event Status
April – October Shark Island Challenge Shark Island TBC  Confirmed
July 30 – August 9 NSW Kiama Bodyboard Slam Pro Jnr Event Open Kiama NSW Australia TBC Confirmed
September 11 – 16 Sintra Pro Junior Pro Jnr Event Open Praia Grande, Sintra, Portugal TBC Confirmed

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  • Kai Holland
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    No Hawaii or US events. Shame.

    • Dwayne
      Reply

      They are adding U.S. , Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Mexico!!

      • Bob
        Reply

        When is Hawai’i?

  • Art Fisher
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    Like most of us who can’t attend tour events, while I enjoy seeing standings, scores etc., I rely on web presence and notifications primarily for info on venues, dates and WEBCAST info. That’s where my main connection to apbtour is. Please post liberally on those topics. Curious to see how the changes (QS) will play out. Carry on. Thanks for doing what you guys do.

  • Claudde
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    Anyone know procedure to enter the trials or Qest? To be able to compete at these events and make it for the following year?

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