ITACOATIARA, BRAZIL (Tuesday, June 19, 2019): Tristan Roberts Defeats Local Hero Dudu Pedra
The Itacoatiara Pro has been completed in a building swell, with Pampo delivering for the final day of the waiting period.
It was an early start in Brazil for the Itacoatiara Pro, with riding starting competition at 7:30am.
Early heats were in challenging conditions. The swell was yet to arrive, with the forecast showing that an extra 2 metres of swell would arrive after midday.
The day was certainly defined by a singular heat between Dudu Pedra (Brazil) and Pierre Louis Costes (France). It would have been anyone’s assumption that the heat would be taken by PLC, but a combination of Mother Nature and some great wave selection by Dudu Pedra resulted in THE upset of the Itacoatiara Pro.
But the pathway to the final was not assured. Dudu Pedra (Brazil) needed to overcome a very much in form Gabriel Braga (Brazil) who managed to take a narrow victory from Sammy Morretino (Hawaii) on his way to second place.
The heat of the day was certainly the match up between Morretino (Hawaii) and Braga (Brazil) who truly experienced the best that Itacoatiara had to offer. This heat, the first that saw a significant change in conditions, was an aerial extravaganza that saw the highest scores of the event being locked in. Morretino (Hawaii) launched one of the biggest inverts of the event (9.5) in the middle of the heat, only to see Braga (Brazil) responding with a larger invert on a set wave that saw the judges award a 9.67.
Braga (Brazil) was able to back up his scores with another invert that Morretino (Hawaii) was unable to overcome.
Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii) was in exceptional form during the entire event, focusing on the left back toward the wedge in most heats, finding the opportunities to launch and complete backflips and even a gainer flip on his way to a match up against eventual winner Tristan Roberts ( South Africa) in the semi-final.
Roberts (South Africa) entered the Final of the Itacoatiara Pro clearly battling against fatigue, while local Dudu Pedra (Brazil) was running on the adrenaline from the local crowd, who were vocally in support of their local hero.
The final was a challenging moment for both riders. The tide had climbed higher, and the building swell did not improve conditions. While Dudu Pedra (Brazil) certainly had the hometown advantage, it was the relentless determination of Tristan Roberts (South Africa) that was the difference-maker.
In the end, Roberts was able to ensure that he had the scores he needed to guarantee success, launching some quality flips on his way to the top of the podium.
The next stop of the APB Tour is in Iquique, Chile.
The Itacoatiara Pro was proudly sponsored by Secretaria Municipal de Esporte e Lazer and Neltur and Sponsored by SGA Toyota. Co-sponsored by Net, Noi Low Carb e Restaurante Saboreando and supported by Puro Suco, Way suplementos, Eco Ponte, Joama Construtora, PastilhaValda, ACORP e Aquafish. Also, Itacoatiara Inn, Pousada Dunas de Itaipú, Oceânica Rent a Car, BW serviços, Pampo Clube e Pousada Pedras Brancas. Media Partner: Canal OFF.