Ex Isla Alcarán, Arica Chile 31st May,

The APB World Tour is only a few days away from launching the newest and most exciting format for professional bodyboarding in history at the first 2018 WGS (World Grand Slam) in Arica Chile commencing on Monday June 4.

The APB and its top 24 athletes have been designing the ultimate competition format for its fans over the past 6 months and we cannot wait to launch this and bring it into fruition at one of the best Bodyboarding locations on the planet –Flopos Arica in Chile.


The Arica Bodyboard Culture is the new name taken over from the Arica Chilean Challenge with new promotion group – Union Flopos which is the local Bodyboarding Club at Flopos Arica. They serve to bring the culture of Bodyboarding to the local city and grow the sport through youth development and give back to the fraternity of the next generation of local bodyboarder’s.

The Arica Bodyboard Culture will commence with the qualifying event on June 4th where we will see competitors from all over the world competing for one of 4 positions in the main event of the WGS and compete against the top 24 greatest athletes of the world. The WGS Main event will be made of the top 24 plus 4 wildcards and 4 qualifiers.

The Format…

32 athletes will all surf 3 heats over 3 rounds of 4 man heats. Each athlete will need to aim for 3 of highest scores possible over the 3 rounds. At the end of the 3rd round the top 16 athletes with the 3 highest scoring waves on top of the leaderboard will make the top 16 cut in competition and enter the Man on Man elimination series of round 4 with quarters, semi’s and finals to follow crowning the Grand Slam champion. This format is a mix of the infamous Shark Island specialty format and world tour standard competition. APB Chief Executive Alex Leon said this integration of both formats is a revolutionary concept that he hopes will lift the level of surfing and create better viewing for fans and spectators as our top athletes will now have the chance to go for the biggest possible manoeuvres in the most critical sections of the wave while eliminating the “safe surfing” criteria where athletes would only need to make a score to progress through a heat which can be stagnant at times.

APB Top 24 Athletes:

1 Iain Campbell Sth Africa

2 Pierre Louis Costes France

3 Jared Houston Sth Africa

4 Diego Cabrera Canary Is (Not competing)

5 Uri Valadao Brazil

6 Alan Munoz Chile

7 Roberto Bruno Brazil

8 Antonio Cardoso Portugal

9 Amaury Lavernhe Reunion

10 Alex Uranga Basque

11 Dino Carmo Portugal

12 Lewy Finnegan Australia

13 Jacob Romero Hawaii

14 Tristan Roberts Sth Africa

15 Maxime Castillo France

16 Brahim Iddouch Morocco (not competing)

17 Dudu Pedra Brazil

18 Eder Luciano Brazil

19 Miguel Rodriguez Peru

20 Mike Stewart Hawaii

21 Tanner McDaniel Hawaii

22 Nicolas Chiara Argentina

23 Josh Burguete-Kirkman Australia

24 Sacha Damjanic Chile

APB Wildcards:

25 Lachlan Cramise Australia

26 Igor Sanchez Canary Islands

Union Flopos Wildcards:

27 Kevin Torres Chile

28 Alexander Wittman Chile

29 1st Qualifyer

30 2nd Qualifyer

31 3rd Qualifyer

32 4th Qualifyer

33 5th Qualifyer

34 6th Qualifyer


The Arica Bodyboard Culture QEST inscriptions will close on 2nd June, please register to compete here:

Inscriptions / registrations in person at Panamericana Hotel Arica  Saturday 2nd June   3:00pm – 5:00pm

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