ARICA, CHILE (SATURDAY, JULY 20th, 2019): TRIALS QUALIFIERS DECIDED. PASCAL LAUNCHES HUGE REVERSE FOR WAVE OF THE DAY. AUSTRALIANS STUMBLE.

The second day of competition at Arica once again saw clean 2-metre waves offering high quality left and righthanders to trialists. 6 positions were only available in the Main Event of competition, so riders were ready to put everything on the line.

MAIKOL PASCAL SHOWS HE IS GOING TO BE DANGEROUS IN THE MAIN EVENT

Maikol Pascal (CHILE) hails from Iquique and demonstrated his abilities earlier in this South American leg of the tour by taking down a number of big names at his home break of Punta Dos, signaling that he meant business. This effort was not some local knowledge winning the day it seems, with Pascal again delivering a devastating performance at Arica today. With first place in each Quarter Final advancing directly to the Main Event (the second-place getters would surf off in a final heat that would see two people progress to the Main Event) a win was definitely worth chasing.

Coming into the final 7 minutes of his Quarter Final heat in the trials today, Pascal was ‘on the ropes’ as the boxing metaphor goes, sitting in third position and needing something special to see him get back into a winning position in the heat. This opportunity came when a large west wall approached the left at El Flopos and Pascal swung around to try his luck with it. Taking off late and driving hard off the bottom as the end bowl approached, it looked as though Pascal was going to launch an ARS, which would have given him a solid score. But he had grander ideas in mind, launching a radical air reverse out of the bowl and holding the landing on the shallow end section.

The crowd erupted and Pascal made a casual claim for his efforts, knowing that what he had just done was in a different class. He was rewarded with 8.5 from the judges, but he wasn’t done with that.

In the dying minute of the heat, Pascal took off again on a wave on the left at El Flopos that saw him throw in a solid check turn in the pocket and then proceeded to launch a tweaked ARS to finish. He was awarded another strong score and the heat was his.

Expect Pascal to explode in the Sessions Round 1 where he will face Chileans Alan Munoz and Nelson Flores, as well as Australia’s Joshua B. Kirkman.

BAKER AND BLACKWELL STUMBLE AT THE LAST HURDLE

On the first day of trials, the two Australians put in strong performances that kept the crowd online entertained and inspired. But on Day 2, both riders stumbled at the final hurdle.

Davis Blackwell (AUSTRALIA) was the first to fall at Arica. The first heat of the day was certainly not saturated with waves, so selecting the right ones from the few that arrived was critical for success. Blackwell waited for the right opportunity and that opportunity did arrive when he scooped into a lefthander that gave him a large bowl to launch out of. He opted for an ARS and completed most of the rotation, landing back in the pocket, but catching a rail before he could complete the maneuver.

The remainder of the heat didn’t provide any significant opportunities for Blackwell, meaning this was the end of the road for the young Australian.

Jack Baker also failed to advance in his Quarter Final, with another wave-starved heat seeing him scratching for opportunities, choosing to linger closer inside for some of the waves in-between the sets. This strategy didn’t serve him well though, seeing him cleaned up by a number of set waves and failing to find any significant scoring opportunities.

THE QUALIFIERS

After a number of solid performances this morning, the successful qualifiers from the trialists were the following riders:

 

Miguel Rodriguez – PERU

 

Maikol Pascal – CHILE

 

Moises Silva – CHILE

 

Cristobal Fernandez – CHILE

 

Manuel Cepeda – CHILE

 

Igor Sanchez – CANARY ISLANDS

WHAT’S NEXT?

Event organizers and riders agreed to hold off starting the first of the Sessions rounds today, instead waiting for a fresh start tomorrow in the building swell. Stay tuned to the APB Tour social media channels for all updates.

Pics by: Pablo Jimenez & @patrickperezcreative

SPANISH

Ariqueño de 16 años sorprende en trials de clasificación en el mundial de bodyboard.

Moisés Silva es parte del prometedor semillero local y espera tener una gran performance desde este domingo en el evento principal preparatorio para el grand slam en Portugal. Durante la tarde del sábado se desarrolló el seminario “Maker Pro 2019” en Hotel Antay, actividad que pretende la asesoría y acompañamiento de los futuros profesionales locales del bodyboard.

Temprano terminaron los heats restantes para finalizar el round 3 del Arica Bodyboard Culture que se corre en la ola El Gringo – Flopos en la ex Isla El Alacrán para comenzar desde cero a las 8 am este domingo con el evento principal que ahora incorpora a los mejores del mundo en el agua sumando emoción y con un escenario que promete gran oleaje debido a la marejada que afecta el borde costero ariqueño. Ganaron sus heats para enfrentar a los campeones mundiales desde hoy el peruano Miguel Rodríguez, Michael Pascal de Antofagasta, Moisés Silva “localazo” de El Gringo, Cristóbal Fernández de Rapa Nui y Manuel Zepeda de Antofagasta.

“Estoy muy feliz, mi heat fue apretado con condiciones difíciles pero logré encontrarme con dos izquierdas buenas que me ayudaron a pasar al evento principal ganándole a mi compañero y amigo Ian Aros, al “máquina” Chaparro de Antofagasta y a un australiano. Espero asistir al mundial Junior Pro en Viana, Portugal, y luego terminar el tour nacional” dijo Moisés Silva que vive en el Cerro La Cruz y es estudiante de 3° medio en el Colegio Miramar, también indicó que espera reunir los recursos para hacer el tour mundial completo el año 2020. Otro vencedor, Manuel Zepeda ya cuenta con el auspicio del Consejo Regional de Antofagasta para completar el tour mundial al conseguir la aprobación del proyecto elaborado por su polola.

Por otra parte durante la tarde noche del sábado se realizó la primera jornada de capacitación Maker Pro 2019 con exponentes de nivel mundial como Amaury Lavernhe de Isla Reunión, Pierre Louis Costés de Francia, también con el emprendedor social y productor del mundial de Antofagasta Arturo Soto, torneo que este año contó con cuatro categorías y con un costo muy por sobre el medio millón de dólares. Expuso también Bruno Monferry del Perú. Los workshop abordaron temas técnicos para deportistas, preparación física, introducción al alto rendimiento, profile para un deportista para empresas, ola ley de rompientes y Proyecto Budeo. Además el arqueólogo Bernardo Arriaza expuso sobre la Cultura Chinchorro. Las actividades organizadas por el Club Unión Flopos continúan todas las tardes hasta el jueves 25 en el Hotel Antay.

Vale destacar el trabajo de la productora ariqueña Factor 15 encargada de la señal streaming que incluye imágenes en vivo desde drones y cámara sub acuática, señalan que el año pasado en el primer Arica Bodyboard Culture batieron records llegando a millones de personas en los cinco continentes y con cientos de miles de interacciones con el público. Cada 20 minutos se emiten cinco diferentes promociones turísticas de Arica diseñadas por Sernatur para difundir este destino primaveral en el planeta. Causó extrañeza y preocupación la accidental muestra desde el aire de una mancha de petróleo o aceite en plena ola durante la transmisión, sin duda un nuevo llamado a la conciencia y protección del medio ambiente.

 

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