Armide Soliveres is your new Pro Junior World Champion

Pro Junior Finalists Photo: Tá Moné

When the clock was stopped on Sunday afternoon with 18 minutes of the Pro Junior World Championship remaining, Armide Solveres (Canary Islands) was holding a combined score of 15.65. In the remaining 18 minutes of the final, the bodyboarder from the Canary Islands was able to maintain this score and defeat Luan Tavares, from Brazil for the championship trophy.

It might well have been the longest final in bodyboarding history…

Riders this morning in Praia do Arda were greeted by clear skies and light winds. The emergency day of competition would deliver a conclusion to this year’s event. The fog had subsided and would not wreak havoc for a second day.

In the Men’s Pro division, it was Alex Uranga who was able to continue his good form after serious injury earlier this year to overcome Brazil’s Eder Luciano and book a spot in the Final of the Viana Pro. Pierre Louis-Costes was finally taken down by eventual winner Tristan Roberts in semi-final number 2.

In the Men’s Final, Alex Uranga took the early lead and waited to better his scores as Roberts managed to find enough scoring potential to take the lead back with 10 minutes to go. Uranga was ultimately unable to get the score he needed and Roberts took his second QEST victory for the year (he also won in Antofagasta, Chile).

Viana Mens QEST Champion Tristan Roberts Photo Tá Moné

While this year’s event didn’t go exactly according to the script, it was still an excellent event. The promoters in Viana do Castello once again showed that they are a world-class outfit and the APB cannot thank them enough for their effort and authentic embrace for what the APB as an organization is trying to achieve for the sport of bodyboarding globally.

Riders, officials and fans have once again been shown exceptional hospitality and the waves delivered too.

We are all looking forward to an even better event next year!

All Podium image by: Tá Moné /


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