2009 Arica Chilean Challenge

The Arica Chilean Challenge started the day by finishing off round four. The conditions had dropped from the day before but still provided the odd 2 to 4 ft wave. Heat 4 round 1 saw Jason Bitzer (USA) taken out with only one scoring wave to Pablo Peirto (Germany) and Igor Sanchez who both where able to find two scoring riders in the difficult early morning high tide conditions.

The following heat saw a Boris Villalobos (Chile) take down yet another heat follower by Spain's Diego Cabrera who was originally on the injured list but pulled through in time to compete. Ivan Hernandez dominated heat 6 round 4 and drew a interference against Australia's Chad Jackson during a ride Jackson needed to progress leaving David Mantellini in second place at heats end.The next heat Alberto Colucci (VEN) took down down the entire field with Francirley Ferreira (Brazil) placing 2nd.

Thomas Rigby (Australia) came through in his next heat with last minute heroics winning the first heat of round 5 with a spitting barrel to roll followed by Rene Xavier (Brazil). Rui Pereira (Port) claimed a heat 2 round 5 win over Fabio Rodrigues (Brazil) who also progressed.

The fiercest competition of the day was found in Heat 3 with Alexandre Widtman (Chile) finding every barrel that came through scoring a total of 15.84 followed by a 12.33 total score by Bruno Rocha (BRA) leaving 2x World Champion Damien King in third and out of the event. Brad Hughes absolutely dominated his heat with a combo that landed him a 8.9 with a roll to roll to spin to invert on the right finding a total score of 15.16 and in second with a 12.17 Dave Hubbard passed to surf another day!

Another high scoring heat was preformed with 16.16 total score by Diego Cabrera winning the following heat over Airem Cabrera (CAN). Rui Ferreira (PRT) once again won his heat in round 5 with a 15.17 to an 11.66 posted by Pablo Pierto (Germany).

Ivan Hernandez (CAN) dominated his next heat with a 19.33 with a 12.17 being the next best combined scored from Francirley Ferreira (Brazil). Micheal Novy was on fire with clean spins to inverts and barrel rides winning his heat 5 with a combined score of  15.83, in second was 11.66 Gastao Entrudo (PRT) to finish the days contest. Tomorrow may be an off day with a possible World Team Challenge. The criteria will be top 3 waves scored per team.


SOURCE: IBA World Tour