Pro Juniors Continue to Impress and the Open Men Explode
The APB QEST-rated Viana World Bodyboard Championships continued today in Praia da Arda, with decent waves for the Rounds 2 and 3 of the Men’s division and Round 3 of the Pro Junior World Championship. The swell was still solid in the morning, only slightly decreasing throughout what was a pristine day of fine Portuguese weather.
Portugal’s Ricardo Rosmaninho continued to be unstoppable after already impressing the crowd and more importantly the judges on the first day of the competition. Today, he left the beach in shock, beating 2017 World Champion Iain Campbell with a total score of 14.75 in Round 1 and advancing directly to Round 4 of competition.
Rosmaninho was delighted with his performance:
“It’s great to beat Iain Campbell. He is the best bodyboarder there is today. Finishing ahead of Diego Cabrera too was great as he is also a bodyboarder I admire.”
“From now on, it’s heat by heat, but I feel capable of defeating anyone.”
For the Portuguese, there was also disappointment with defending Nazare Pro Champion António Cardoso eliminated in the third round of the Open Men’s. This meant that only Ricardo Rosmaninho and Dino Carmo, both continue for Portugal in the competition.
International competitors had mixed results. Pierre Louis-Costes was looking dangerous in his heat against Alex Uranga, Christian Perez and Rodrigo Silva, executing a powerful cutback reverse on the outside pocket before building speed for a large backflip. Alex Uranga was also in great form, posting the highest score of this heat, a 9.5 but was unable to back it up.
Brahim Iddouch and Lewy Finnegan were also considerable standouts in Round 2 of competition, with Iddouch finding some heavy sections to launch some critical rollos from, while Finnegan was able to put together a combination on the outside section before launching a large invert off the end section for his highest score.
Significant eliminations from competition today included multiple world champion Mike Stewart, who was unhappy in the choice of his waves and never managed to put his signature style to work in the water.
Multiple World Pro Junior Champion Socrates Santana was unable to rise above Christian Perez and Uri Valadao to continue in the event despite strong performances earlier on, and Australian Pro Junior Champion Liam Lucas wasn’t able to surpass fellow countryman Joshua Burguete-Kirkman and Patrick Orr of Hawaii to stay in competition.
But Lucas still managed to keep his Pro Junior World Championship dreams alive, with a strong win in his Round 3 heat over in form rider Nicolas Capony. Luan Tavares of Brazil and Carlos Martin of Spain were able to also put in strong performances to keep their Pro Junior dreams well and truly alive also.
Conditions are expected to remain similar to what they were today, but with more wind.
Competition is expected to kick off at 8:30 am Portugal time.
All pics by: Tó Mané www.tomanephotos.com