IQUIQUE, CHILE (WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2019): PUNTA DOS GOES FROM BEAUTIFUL TO BEASTLY. ISAIAS RAVYC SURVIVES AN IMPACT WITH PUNTA DOS. CHILE REALLY IS ABOUT TO TAKE OVER THE BODYBOARDING WORLD.
PUNTA DOS GOES FROM BEAUTIFUL TO BEASTLY
For the majority of the waiting period of the Bellavista Pro the waves have been near perfect. On Day 5 Punta Dos showed some teeth, and they were sharp as hell. Two swells collided as the well-groomed 2 -3 metre swell of the past few days was transitioning into the 3 – 4 metre swell we can expect tomorrow. Punta Dos certainly wasn’t pretty today and the riders felt it.
ISAIAS RAVYC SURVIVES AN IMPACT WITH PUNTA DOS
The QEST Champion of 2018 Isaias Ravyc (BRAZIL) was in the dying stages of his heat with Yoshua Toledo (CHILE) and fellow Brazilian Socrates Santana when Punta Dos showed its teeth. Needing only an average score to surpass Toledo and advance, as the clock was counting down Ravyc was in need of something average to bridge the gap. In such circumstances it is customary to drift closer to the impact zone so as to have the full breadth of opportunity for a scoring ride, and this is what Ravyc did, except something much more forboding was marching towards the shallow, urchin bejeweled reef…
With seconds remaining in the heat, Ravyc was caught inside by a large set wave and took the full force of it on his body, seeing him flung hard into the reef. This impact saw him held underwater for a significant amount of time and also sliced in the back of his head and wrist, both requiring urgent medical support. Lifeguards on site were able to support him to shore and the nearby ambulance took off for treatment, but the injury was a reminder for riders that this wave means business.
We can report that Isaias Ravyc (BRAZIL) is recovering well and is hoping to participate in the coming tour stops in Antofagasta and Arica.
CHILE REALLY IS ABOUT TO TAKE OVER THE BODYBOARDING WORLD
It can’t be understated the fever for bodyboarding in Chile. This really is almost an alternate reality for visiting riders, who see that a whole community can be predominantly bodyboarders. It’s a special place.
With such a passion for the craft comes the challengers for the dominant placings on the world stage. In Round 4 of competition today there were 32 riders vying to be one of the 16 who would progress. Of those 16, the majority were Chilean, and some of them took out some serious international riders on their way to progressing.
Alan Irons Espinoza (CHILE) managed to eliminate former world champion Uri Valadao (BRAZIL) on his way to Round 5. Moises Silva (CHILE) and Maikol Pascal (CHILE) defeated Davis Blackwell (AUSTRALIA) to also progress. 2017 World Pro Junior Champion Nelson ‘Nacho’ Flores (CHILE) won his heat against Hawaiian rising star Sammy Morretino (HAWAII) and Joshua B. Kirkman (AUSTRALIA) on his way forward too.
There really is a shift of the centre of gravity of bodyboarding to South America and the dominance of Chilean riders in this event is a sign of this shift.
OTHER WORTHY MENTIONS
Despite the conditions being somewhat challenging, there were some exceptional moments during competition. Patrick Orr (HAWAII) was one such standout, who managed to progress through to Round 5 after finding a very nice barrel ride and finishing with a solid rollo on the shallow end section. Iain Campbell (SOUTH AFRICA) showed some of that world champion brilliance again in his early heat to steal victory from an in-form Lewy Finnegan (AUSTRALIA) with a soaring backflip on the outside section at Punta Dos. Brazil’s David Barbosa also managed to combine style and skill to get a heat win also.
Overall, despite the nasty conditions, Punta Dos again delivered, and the riders did their best.
With a predicted increase in swell tomorrow, competition will resume with an estimated 7:00 am for the Open Mens Round 5.
Details on the statistics of each heat during the event can be viewed by downloading the Stact App.