26th June, 2018
Itacoatiara Beach, Brazil
A battle of the generations will be the biggest attraction on the final day of the Itacoatiara Pro 2018, the Brazilian leg of the APB World Tour of Bodyboarding, scheduled for this Tuesday (26th). Led by the talented Tanner McDaniel (HAW) and Tristan Roberts (ZAF), the new generation athletes arrive with strength, but need to challenge the well-known tour figures such as world champions Jared Houston (ZAF), Pierre Louis Costes (FRA) and Iain Campbell (ZAF). In addition, the last day spotlight will also be focused on Eder Luciano (BRA), the only Brazilian athlete remaining in the competition.
On a day full of emotions, Monday started with the last heats of round 3, which set the cut of sixteen classy athletes who adapted to the new APB World Grand Slam format for the fourth Round. As the drama unfolded, sentiments were different, with athletes needing decisive waves to advance to the Round of 16, while some were counting to ensure qualification even out of the water.
After setting the top sixteen, the event organisers took advantage of the good conditions on offer and proceeded into the eight heats of Round 4 (man on man). With the best performance of Round 4, Maxime Castillo was the first to make it into the quarters by eliminating local hero Dudu Pedra, with 16.25 points.
“It’s always difficult to face a local athlete, especially when it’s Dudu. I knew it would be difficult, but you know when you are on a good roll and things happen for you? So today I felt it was my day. I knew that in the man-to-man format I could do very well and that’s what happened. I’m happy to have made it to the final day, “said Maxime Castillo, who in the quarterfinals faces Jared Houston, last Itacoatiara Pro reigning champion at the event.
The world champion Amaury Lavernhe, who had the best performance in the qualifying round, had South Africa’s Tristan Roberts in his heat. Champion of the events of Port Alfred (South Africa) and Antofagasta (Chile) of the world tour so far in 2018, Tristan showed that he is among the favourites advancing in one of the tighter heats of the day.
“When I saw my heat against Amaury I knew it would not be easy. He’s certainly one of the best guys on the tour. I am happy to advance and in this type of competition every heat is a final, you can not choose an opponent. I’m here to win, I think that’s the goal of any athlete, and I’m happy to see that we of the new generation are pushing the level, “said Tristan Roberts, who will face off in a battle of the groms with Tanner McDaniel, Arica Pro champion.
In one of the best heats of the day, double world champion Pierre Louis Costes (FRA) got two good waves to eliminate the Australian Lachlan Cramsie. With the victory guaranteed, the French will face Chilean Alan Munoz, responsible for the elimination of the Brazilian Uri Valadão.
The last heat of the quarterfinals will be formed by the current world champion, Iain Campbell (ZAF) and Brazilian Eder Luciano. To reach the quarterfinals, Iain had to beat the Brazilian Socrates Santana as well. After an extremely tight heat, Iain spoke about the victory. “I have a huge respect for Socrates and for everything he does. He’s a very talented athlete and I see a huge future for him. “
Current tour champion, Iain comes from an incredible sequence of results. In the last ten events he competed the South African took the podium in eight of them. “As for keeping myself consistent in all events I can say that it is a result of hard work. I like to say that I follow the mantra of Dave Hubbard, who says he competes in each heat as if it were his last. I love coming to Brazil and competing here, I’m glad to have got through one more heat to the final day, “says Iain Campbell.
It was only in the last heat of the Round 4 that Brazil saw a local athlete guarantee a place on the decisive day. After the elimination of the nine other representatives of the country in the battle, it was Eder Luciano to keep the hope alive of a Brazilian winning the Itacoatiara Pro for the first time. And the day couldn’t be scripted better for the dominating athlete from Santa Catarina, as this Tuesday is his birthday – the Finals!
“This is the third time I have reached the final day of Itacoatiara Pro on my birthday, and this time I really want to win. I will take the energy of all the Brazilians who want to see an athlete here be champion. I’m well trained, focused, happy with my boards and very prepped, so now I’m going up with all my strength, “ Eder says.
The final day of the Itacoatiara Pro will take place on Tuesday (26), at 7am Brazil time. live broadcast www.apbtour.com/live
Quarters Finals Set:
#1 – Maxime Castillo (FRA) x Jared Houston (ZAF)
#2 – Tristan Roberts (ZAF) x Tanner McDaniel (HAW)
#3 – Pierre Louis Costes (FRA) x Alan Munoz (CHI)
#4 – Iain Campbell (ZAF) x Eder Luciano (BRA)
Round 4 Results:
#1 – Dudu Pedra (BRA) 9,75 x 16,25 Maxime Castillo (FRA)
#2 – Jared Houston (ZAF) 12,25 x 11,25 Brahim Iddouch (MAR)
#3 – Amaury Lavernhe (FRA) 13,50 x 14,75 Tristan Roberts (ZAF)
#4 – Tanner McDaniel (HAW) 10,75 x 8,25 George Humphries (AUS)
#5 – Pierre Louis Costes (FRA) 15,00 x 13,50 Lachlam Cremsie (AUS)
#6 – Alan Munoz (CHI) 11,65 x 11,60 Uri Valadão (BRA)
#7 – Iain Campbell (ZAF) 13,00 x 11,40 Sócrates Santana (BRA)
#8 – Eder Luciano (BRA) 12,00 x 8,00 Dino Carmo (POR)
Articles – Tony D´Andrea/Itacoatiara Pro , Juan Chiariano
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