Armide Soliveres stomps 10-Point ride at APB World Junior Championships


The world’s best young bodyboarders fought it out in fun-sized surf in Viana, Portugal as the event nears the finals.


“Today was another amazing day of action on Arda beach. Once again, the 3-foot waves allowed the young riders to perform at the highest possible level, ”said Teza McKenna, world tour manager of the Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB).


The highlight of the day goes to the Canary Islander Armide Soliveres, who won the title of Junior World Champion last year in Viana do Castelo. After yesterday, having already had a solid performance, today, added the highest wave of the championship a perfect 10-point ride, sending the big crowd on the beach into a frenzy.


It was in heat 2 of the quarterfinals against fellow countrymanJavier Zerpa, who was also a standout.


“Today was a spectacular day! I was able to make very good score, including the best wave of the championship so far”, said Armide.


Also 14-year-old Hawaiian Mana Fujiharaproved to be a future star of the future, despite losing in the 1st quarter-final heat against Nicolas Capony (Reunion), who, with a total score of 11, was the first athlete stamping the passport to the semi-final.


Also wildcard Joel Rodrigues was in the spotlight. With solid moves and clean combinations, was the best Portuguese rider in the championship having made the quarterfinals and eventually losing to Spanish rider Bruno Martin.


“I was the best Portuguese athlete in the event. I made heats with good scores. But, unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the semi-final, ”Joel Rodrigues said.


Peruvian Cristopher Bayona(Punta Hermosa)is the dark-horse of the event, winning heat after heat in effortless fashion and will be hard to stop.


For Teza Mckenna the world-class performances at Viana do Castelo today showed that the future of bodyboarding is in excellent hands.


Tomorrow will be a lay-day at the APB World Bodyboard Championship due to the bad weather forecast as a monster storm batters the Portuguese coastline.


So, the competition, including the semi-finals and the final returns on Sunday & as a result of tomorrow’s conditions, should finish with big powerful waves.


The Viana World Bodyboard Championship is organized by SCV, in partnership with APB and the Viana do Castelo City Council.


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.

Good waves! Best surf!

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