WORLD TITLE RACE STILL WIDE-OPEN AS APB WORLD TOUR RETURNS TO KIAMA
KIAMA, AUSTRALIA (SATURDAY, AUGUST 3rd, 2019):
The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro presented by Stojo – The 4th Grand Slam 2019 series!
Pierre Louis Costes (FRANCE) has a narrow lead on the APB World Tour rankings over Tristan Roberts (SOUTH AFRICA), Sammy Morretino (HAWAII) and Alan Munoz (CHILE) as competitors prepare for the Bodyboard King Kiama Pro at the end of this month.
In addition to these four riders mentioned, there are even more riders heading to Australia for this critical event on the 2019 APB World Tour with very real world title chances, such as Tanner McDaniel (HAWAII).
MCDANIEL CLIMBS UP RANKINGS AFTER ARICA. READY TO PERFORM IN KIAMA.
Tanner McDaniel (HAWAII) put on a clinic of high-performance bodyboarding during the last event of the South American leg of the tour, seeing him finish 2nd to Pierre Louis Costes (FRANCE) in a very close final at El Flopos. This result saw McDaniel climb the APB World Tour rankings 15 places up to 12th position, with him still lacking 1 more WGS and a QEST result to his count. Almost all other riders above him already have the minimum requirement of events completed, meaning that McDaniel’s result in Kiama may significantly alter the race at the top.
The young rider from Hawaii (who has recently relocated to California) is buoyant after his results already and will be on hand in Kiama to most likely put on another technical clinic during competition for spectators:
“I was really happy to have another final in Arica to add to my podium finish in Brazil. Coming to Kiama, I am just looking forward to enjoying the waves and the event and hopefully putting in another good performance.
“I know that Kiama can really fire so I hope the waves come this year and we get some good conditions.”
If Kiama wedge does indeed turn on, you can be sure to have a good show from Tanner McDaniel.
PLC BACK ON TOP AND DELIVERING MORE THAN A COMPETITION PERFORMANCE IN KIAMA
For much of the South American leg of the tour it looked like new faces like Tristan Roberts (SOUTH AFRICA) and Sammy Morretino (HAWAII) were going to be taking the place of regular title contenders such as PLC (FRANCE), Jared Houston (SOUTH AFRICA) and Iain Campbell (SOUTH AFRICA) at the top of the rankings for a while there, but consistency and then an explosive result in the final event at Arica saw PLC leap up to number one and remind everyone that he is not done defining the highest level of performance on tour.
In typical style for PLC, he is humble in victory:
“I am just very happy I was able to win one of the most prestigious events on tour. Arica is the hardest contest to win and I have to admit, last year was my single biggest learning curve in competition. What Tanner did was phenomenal, and I was grateful to have another opportunity to surf against him.”
PLC was in Australia last year for the inaugural event and is hoping that this year is a different story when it comes to wave quality:
“Australia should be an interesting event. Last year was a disappointment for waves, but it was still organized well and if we have the same wildcards as last year it’s gonna be a hard contest for sure. Fingers crossed the waves cooperate.”
In addition to firming up his position at the top of the world rankings, PLC will also be premiering his latest film during the waiting period for the Kiama Pro. A film that is certainly not going to disappoint fans:
“I will premiere my movie during the event, in association with Movement Mag. It’s quite overwhelming to see this project ready after working so much on it. Australia will be the first world premiere, which is quite symbolic for me as I know I owe a lot to the country in my bodyboarding career.”
Anticipation is high for both this film premiere and another historic performance from PLC. You won’t want to miss either during the Kiama Pro.
HISTORY WILL BE ‘RE-MADE’ IN KIAMA TOO…
In recent years there has been a renaissance of bodyboarding amongst riders who grew up during the 80’s and 90’s. The generation that collected bodyboarding magazines that dominated newsagency shelves and who burnt out VHS copies of such classics like Underground Tapes, replaying Pat Caldwell launching the first El Rollos and Eppo defining aerial riding.
This renaissance was catalyzed by Damien Alexander, who kicked off the Vintage Bodyboard Collectors Facebook Group. A group which has tracked tens of thousands of bodyboarders around the world and created demand for remakes of classic bodyboard models as well.
This year, the Kiama Pro will be hosting a ‘Heritage Heat’ that will feature Pat Caldwell (HAWAII), Nathan ‘Nugget’ Purcell (AUSTRALIA), possibly Matt “Chopper” Riley (AUSTRALIA) and Steve ‘Bullet’ McKenzie (AUSTRALIA). These heats will be an interesting match-up between these iconic riders and may well be the first of many that are included at each international event in the future. This is going to be an iconic part of the event. Bring it on!
RIDERS ARE GOING TO GET SKY-HIGH THANKS TO AIR ASIA
One of the surprising elements of last year’s event was the jet-ski tow out expression session that saw a select number of riders whipped at some clean Kiama swells by local legend and former tour competitor Grahame Miller. Due to the popularity and impact of the tow-out session last year, Air Asia has come on board to sponsor another tow-out event at Kiama that will not fail to impress.
Riders in this event are yet to be announced, but with names like Jeff Hubbard (HAWAII), Tanner McDaniel (HAWAII) and more on the list of competitors attending, you can be sure things are going to get interesting.
Will we see a few 720’s completed this year? It’s high-time we did!
For all event info and to register please visit apbtour.com/kiama