ITACOATIARA, BRAZIL (Monday, June 10, 2019): Lay-day called for the Itacoatiara Pro WGS Trials.
The world’s best bodyboarders are in Brazil for the start of the Itacoatiara Pro World Grand Slam (WGS) event but the waves are not. Conditions at Praia do Itacoatiara, located in Niteroi across the bay from Rio De Janeiro, were perfect for the morning’s call with offshore winds and clearing skies after some overnight showers. The missing element was the waves, with the remnants of the south swell that was present for the Brazil National Tour event which just concluded at Itacoatiara providing only 1 – 2 ft clean waves. Itacoatiara Pro promoters and APB Tour Technical Director for this event Terry McKenna made an easy call.
“It is early in the event window for us, so we have decided to call a lay-day today with the hope that we can run the trials in better conditions tomorrow,” explained Teza McKenna. “It is a good opportunity for all of us here to adjust from jet-lag for another day and enjoy what this beautiful area has to offer as well.”
Teza went on to explain that Thursday is looking like a possible starting day for the Main Event if trials are completed on Tuesday, seeing the first World Grand Slam event kick off the year’s world title race.
Most of the qualifying seeded riders from the 2018 tour are here for the event, with some notable exceptions, including current world champion Jared Houston and Mike Stewart skipping these events. APB wildcards for the event include previous winner of the event Diego Cabrera (Canary Islands) and local big-wave surfer/bodysurfer/bodyboarder Kalani Lattanzi (Brazil), and local wildcards are David Barbosa (Brazil) and Joao Zik (Brazil).
The winner of the qualifying tour from 2018 George Humphries (Australia) is in Brazil for the event and he is looking forward to continuing his good form from 2018:
“I’m stoked to be back in Itacoatiara again. It’s such a nice place and the waves last year were epic. I’m really hoping that something decent can show up in terms of waves, but with the forecast looking like smaller waves for the waiting period, it is going to be tough.”
Organizers are hoping to start the trials on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility to begin the Main Event on Thursday this week. Wednesday has already been earmarked as the day for the APB Social Project to take place at Itacoatiara, where local kids will have the opportunity to bodyboard with the world’s best.
The waiting period for the Itacoatiara Pro will finish on the 19th of June and is 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, Pastilha Valda, 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.
Image Tony Dandrea Itacoatiara 2014