ARICA, CHILE (TUESDAY, JULY 23rd, 2019): CHALLENGING CONDITIONS AT EL FLOPOS. HOUSTON AND HUBBARD PUT ON A SHOW. HUMPHREYS NEARLY TAKES OUT LAVERNHE. MUNOZ MAKES THE MOST OF CLEANER CONDITIONS IN THE MORNING.

 

The 5th day of competition at Arica saw significantly different conditions than the previous days’ perfection. Inclement weather had already buffeted the coast off Santiago down south and this weather was affecting swell and wind, seeing the previously perfect El Flopos reduce in quality to a reef break delivering only moments of glory for those fortunate enough to be in priority.

Heat score totals were significantly lower, but that didn’t mean there weren’t some memorable moments.

Here are some of the highlights of what was a challenging day.

HOUSTON AND HUBBARD PROVIDE THE HIGHLIGHTS

2018 APB World Champion Jared Houston (SOUTH AFRICA) joined Hubboards around this time last year. It was a big change in his career and one that he was genuinely excited about at the time. Joining Jeff and Dave Hubbard on a bodyboarding team would be exciting for anyone, and you might suppose that it would be literally like joining a family.

Well, all families have their challenges, and today, sponsor and team rider faced off in a highly anticipated match-up.

Jeff Hubbard (HAWAII) is a multiple event winner here in Arica and while it had been 3 years since his last competition here in Chile, he was already showing flashes of brilliance in the Sessions rounds that signified his thirst for competition and savvy was still strong. Coming into this heat today it was anyone’s guess who the eventual winner would be.

The first blow was struck by Houston, who found a clean lefthander in the rapidly deteriorating conditions, launching a large rollo to earn himself 7.5. Hubbard wasn’t going to sit back and let the heat run away from him after such a strong start from Houston, responding in kind with a high-flying ARS on the righthander to earn himself an 8.5. Game on!

The heat progressed with Houston finding another strong score again, this time another strong rollo on the righthander. This second ride saw Houston pull ahead of Hubbard and the momentum seemed to continue with him. Throughout the heat Hubbard was looking for another score but was unable to find the clean face he needed to hold a clean line and launch again. Houston meanwhile built on his scores, finding another righthander to launch a clean flip and rollo combination and then completing the heat with a clean air/float reverse that didn’t add to his heat score total but was simply a pleasure to watch.

Houston finished the heat with a combined heat score total of 14.7, which was one of the highest scores of the day.

HUMPHREYS NEARLY UPSETS LAVERNHE

If you were a gambler, you certainly would have had your money on Amaury Lavernhe (FRANCE) given his strong performance the previous day in his match up with George Humphreys (AUSTRALIA). Had you put your money on Lavernhe you might have had some nervous moments… George Humphreys certainly wasn’t intimidated.

The heat started with Lavernhe securing an average score for a clean rollo in the now poor conditions. But Humphries responded quickly with a pair of large rolls on the left to earn himself a 6.5. Humphreys then backed up this score with another pair of rolls on the righthander, leaving Lavernhe behind and needing a good score to take the heat back.

With nerves of steel, Amaury Lavernhe waited patiently for the right wave and in the dying minutes he found just that wave, drawing a nice long bottom-turn and launching a tweaked invert for 8 points. Humphreys nearly had him, but the man of the moment wasn’t ready to tap out of the Arica Cultura Pro just yet, and now has a Quarter Final with fellow countryman Pierre Louis-Costes (FRANCE).

MUNOZ MAKES THE MOST OF CLEANER CONDITIONS DURING THE MORNING

Alan Munoz (CHILE) is a dangerous competitor in all conditions and is very much the brightest star to come out of Chile. He is also their greatest hope of a world title this year, following his win in Iquique at the Bellavista Pro. Today at El Flopos, he reminded everyone that he is still very much intent on bringing that world title to Chile after posting the highest heat score total of the day in his match up against local Chilean Diego Sepulveda (CHILE).

 

In what was a slow heat for the most part, Munoz had a late pair of scores that saw him finish the heat with a combined heat score total of 15.25, the highest of the day. His highest score was an 8.5 for a solid barrel on the left, which was a very rare gem to find on this day of competition.

Munoz is looking serious for a podium finish, and if he can keep up his form, he may well be the one holding the winner’s trophy in the end.

WHAT’S NEXT?

All riders are checking in at El Flopos at 7 am tomorrow morning for a potential 7:30 am start of Quarter Finals. Stay tuned to all APB social media channels for updates.

 

SPANISH

Tabino Alan Muñoz se posiciona para el título mundial en Arica Bodyboard Culture 2019.

Dos franceses, dos sudafricanos, dos brasileños, un hawaiano y un chileno se enfrentan en las finales de la fecha mundial de bodyboard ariqueña organizada por el club local Unión Flopos. La cita es desde las 7:30 de la mañana de este miércoles en la ola El Gringo – Flopos en la ex Isla El Alacrán frente al Morro.

Con la puntualidad de siempre se inició ayer la cuarta jornada de la quinta fecha del tour mundial, categoría open, de la Asociación Profesional de Bodyboard, APB, llamada “Arica Bodyboard Culture 2019”, la que se espera finalice el día de hoy miércoles 24 de julio para pasar a posterior al campeonato por naciones (5), y luego el campeonato del semillero ariqueño con cerca de 15 jóvenes participantes y que recibieron varias jornadas de coaching en la academia Maker Pro desarrollada en el Hotel Antay, oportunidad en que los adolescentes ariqueños pondrán en práctica lo aprendido de boca de los campeones. Todo organizado por el Club de Bodyboard Unión Flopos.

En el primer heat de este martes Tanner McDaniel de Hawai, radicado en California, venció al australiano George Burguet tomando un par de olas divertidas según el, pero se mostró más contento al sanar su oído ya que llegó con una infección y tuvo que surfear con tapones. Las condiciones no eran las mejores desde temprano  para en la segunda manga Tristan Roberts de Sudáfrica se quedara con el paso a cuartos de final dejando atrás a Igor Sánchez de Islas Canarias, “estoy muy contento de volver al Flopos en Arica y pasar en esta ronda de 16, realmente amo esta ola, con un par de tubos gané este heat” dijo Tristán Roberts.

Tercer heat fue emocionante ya que el público local tenía puesta sus esperanzas en la joven promesa Moisés Silva de 16 años, estudiante del Cerro La Cruz y el Colegio Miramar, pero Dudu Pedra de Brasil lo venció por poco elogiando las características del ariqueño y confesando que conversaron y aconsejó en el agua a Moisés. También se quejó de las condiciones que no le permitieron ponerse unos tubazos y solo si algunas maniobras. El ariqueño estaba contento de llegar hasta esta etapa desde trials de clasificación y dijo que “espero conseguir más apoyo para poder seguir el tour mundial, Dudu es una leyenda del bodyboard, estaba nervioso con mi familia gritándome desde afuera”.

Los siguientes vencedores que se miden hoy en heats men to men son: Jared Houston de Sudáfrica, el único chileno en esta instancia Alan Muñoz de El Tabo, y Amaury Lavernhe de Isla Reunión, Francia. El acceso al lugar del evento es totalmente gratuito, a la entrada de la isla hay una feria con muestras de la Cultura Chinchorro, recordando que los primeros habitantes, como la Cultura Arica o Alto Ramírez, también remaron en atados de totora hasta la Isla y luego regresaban al borde costero impulsados por la misma ola en que se hace esta competencia famosa en el mundo entero. Ya se han encontrado miles de restos en dos excavaciones incluyendo el hallazgo de cráneos alargados artificialmente. Señal en vivo por www.apbtour.comy Arica Cultura Bodyboard en redes sociales.

 

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