Pierre-Louis Costes: the El Gringo from France | Photo: Pablo Jimenez

The Arica Chilean Challenge 2014 has reached the quarterfinals, at El Gringo.

The heat is on. Eight bodyboarders have a confirmed their presence in the quarterfinals of the Chilean event: Alan Munoz, Amaury Lavernhe, Guilherme Tamega, Lucas Nogueira, Mike Stewart, Alex Uranga, Pierre-Louis Costes, and Lewy Finnegan.

In Round 6, rider had man-on-man competition, instead of the classic three-man heats. Only one would get through. The first bodyboard to earn a ticket passage to the quarters was local favorite Alan Muñoz, who beated Uri Valadão.

Amaury Lavernhe displayed another solid performance to take out Helliton Loureiro while Guilherme Tâmega eliminated the 2013 IBA World Tour champion Ben Player. The overall rankings will suffer interest changes.

Mike Stewart continues to impress and defeated Iain Campbell in an epic back-and-forth battle. Despite scoring the highest score of the event so far, Stewart's overall combined heat score, which included a 9.27, left Campbell in search of an 8.18 wave score that never came his way.

Alex Uranga trailed Jacob Romero for most of the heat only to pull a rabbit out of a hat, finding a winning score in the closing seconds to pull off a stunning heat win. Finishing off Round 6, Pierre-Louis Costes eliminated Roberto Bruno in heat seven, and Lewy Finnegan put a stop to Diego Cabrera's hard-charging run through competition.

Arica Chilean Challenge 2014 Quartefinals Match-ups

Alan Munoz (CHI) vs. Amaury Lavernhe (REU)
Guilherme Tamega (BRA) vs. Lucas Nogueira (BRA)
Mike Stewart (HAW) vs. Alex Uranga (SPA)
Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA) vs. Lewy Finnegan (AUS)