Arica, Chile 5th June, 2018

Trialists for the Arica Cultura Bodyboard Grand Slam were greeted by contestable 3 to 4 foot waves this morning at El Flopos. The Union Flopos organisers were ready for action with the competition kicking off at the scheduled time of 8 am, which did not go unnoticed by APB officials at the event.

Head Judge Chico Garritano was buoyant with the smooth start to competition:

“I have been judging this event for many years now, and this is one of the few times that it has started on time first day of competition. Full credit to the organisers for having such a great start to competition.”

APB CEO Alex Leon was also pleased to see competition kick off in such a smooth fashion:

“This wave really lives or dies with the wind, so if competition starting times are delayed due to management etc., it really puts riders at a disadvantage, and also the fans who are tuning in around the world.

This the first year that the Union Flopos has taken on the event as promoters and I have to say that I am only impressed so far. A good sign for the rest of the event to come.”

A lot was at stake for riders who had traveled from far and wide to compete at what is one of the most prestigious stops on the APB World Tour. An exit in the trials would be a painful setback for many who have traveled long distances to compete. Two such disappointments came for both Jack Baker of Cronulla and Shayden Schrader of Port Macquarie who were both unable to show the form they are well known for, failing to progress through Round 1 and Round 2 respectively.

One Australian in the trials, George Humphries, was able to deliver when it counted, showing some commanding tube-riding and style, posting strong scores in his Round 2 heat to progress through to Round 3.

David Olivera of Mexico delivered a strong performance in his Round 2 heat, launching strong rollos off the El Flopos right hander, while Uruguay’s Emiliano Nieves kept his hopes alive with some powerful ARS’s and rollos to progress in second place to Olivera.

Chile’s Cristian Tapia was also a standout during this first day of competition, posting the highest heat score total of 14.5 points to secure his place in Round 3.

The wind kept at bay until later in the afternoon than usual, with organisers managing to complete both Rounds 1 and 2 and their entirety, enabling a completion of trials tomorrow.

The swell is predicted to be much the same as it was today when competition kicks off tomorrow. Live webcast will be happening so tune in through and facebook/apbtour and download the stact app for live scoring and statistical data on your favourite riders from the APB…

Trials Day 1 highlights video:

Images: Pablo Jimenez 

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