The first day of the Junior World Bodyboard Championships kicked off today at Arda beach. The next generation of bodyboarders from around the world, representing 10 countries, put on a great show in some glassy well shaped waves.
Teza McKenna, world tour manager of the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) was excited to see so much potential from around the globe.
“So many countries were represented here today reflecting the healthy nature of the sport worldwide” said Teza.
“The waves were perfect for the next generation, putting on a great exhibition of high-performance riding. ”
Hawaiian Mana Fujihara clocked in one of the best scores of the day (8.5), establishing himself as one of the warm favourites for this year’s title.
Last year’s winner, Armide Soliveres, is back and promises to fight for the title again, after this year having hit the ground running in Chile against world tour opponents.
Teza McKenna believes that all the conditions are right for this championship to reveal the next generation of bodyboarding superstars.
The Viana World Bodyboard Championship is organized by Viana Surf Club, in partnership with APB and Viana do Castelo City Hall.
It also has the support of the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth, the Sports Foundation, the Portuguese Surfing Federation, the Portuguese Navy, the World Surf Cities Network, Axis Hôteis, Delta Cafés, Silampos, Amorim Isolamentos, Science, Cunha Bastos, Viana Segura, Cabo d’Mar, IPVC Higher School of Sport and Leisure, Vava, Fernando Pessoa Hospital, Aurora Da Lima, Meo Beachcam and the European Solidarity Corps.
Stay tuned for more action from Viana