2010 IBA Búzios: small waves, great bodyboarders

The second day of competition at the IBA Buzios Bodyboarding 2010 commenced with similar conditions to day one. Small 1-2ft. conditions prevailed, but did not deter competitors from riding at a very high-performance level. Starting things off for the day was round two for the women’s pro division.

There were some heated battles out in the water, including several interference calls, which made things interesting for all of the spectators and kept the judges busy. Surviving round two were Akemi Saito, Joany Duarte, Talita Oliveira, Patricia Setubal, Luisa Rosa, Marina Taylor (ESP), Neymara Carvalho, and Lilly Pollard (AUS).

From there, competition shifted back to the men`s for round three. As the heats progressed, lulls between sets began to stretch out for considerable amounts of time. As a result, patience began to run thin with some riders, tempers flared, and several interference calls were the result during several heats. Surviving the tough conditions to move on in the event were Israel Eduardo, Tainan Monte, Guilherme Mesquita, Irai Rodrigues, Thiago Correa, Ronieris Viana, Decio Viera, and Leandro Chagas.

Closing out day two of competition was was round three of the women’s division. The small conditions would continue to be a factor as the women’s competitors battled it out. Akemi Saito, Nicole Calheiros, Joany Duarte, Marie Alice, and Lilly Pollard would all advance. After winning her heat, Lilly was asked about the conditions out in the water. “It was pretty tough, but there were waves to be found.” For the lone Australian in round three to win here heat, she definitely found a few of the right waves.

The big story for the first two days of competition, though, wouldn’t develop until the final heat of day two. In the last heat of round three, Joselane Amorim and Marina Taylor (ESP) would eliminate Neymara Carvalho from competition. Trailing within the final five minutes of the heat, Marina scored a wave that would move her into 2nd place for the heat, advancing her and Joselane to the fourth round. After exiting the water from her disappointing result, Neymara commented, “Sometimes you get good waves, sometimes you get not-so-good waves. We have to be able to ride in all conditions.” Competition for the IBA Buzios Bodyboarding 2010 resumes tomorrow, Friday May 6th at 8am Brazilian time.


SOURCE: IBA World Tour