- 06 December 2008 | Bodyboarding
Another World Title was being decided here between the Brazilian duo of Neymara Carvalho, the seasoned campaigner and multi decorated world champion and Jessica Becker the new kid on the block at just 20 years of age.
In the first semi Jessica and Natasha were just too strong for Australian Lily Pollard and in the second Neymara and Eunate did the same to the other Aussie Emma Cobb.
The day finished with two of the most entertaining man on man semi’s I’ve ever seen.
Both Neymara and Jessica needed a finals berth or the World title would be forfeited to the other contender.
In the first one Natasha seemed to have the edge on Jessica when with just minutes remaining Jessica pulled out a great tactical move on Natasha when she used priority to take a set wave that netted a 9.5 average. Jessica into the final and exit Natasha.
Neymara was watching the outcome closely and the pressure was now thrown her way and with an opponent like Eunate Aguirre she was always going to have her work cut out.
Neymara held a slight lead throughout the heat with Eunate pulling into some deep tubes that pinched her right on the way out.
Only one of them allowed her a clean exit and she looked like coming back until Neymara scored a perfect 10 and hammered the hopes of the Spaniard.
In one of the ultimate scenarios, Becker and Carvalho will now contest the final and whoever wins will be the World Champion.
This sort of ending couldn’t even be dreamed up by Hollywood script writers.
The WWT final will now surfed tomorrow before the Men’s final at about 3.30pm local time.
Its also been a long week for the IBA Top 16.
They have been pacing around the podium like expecting fathers in a hospital ward waiting for the swell to come.
They need wait no more.
All reports show a fresh pulse heading our way tomorrow coinciding with the last day of the event window.
Tamega, Valdao, Player or Costes.
Place your bets folks….this is the face-off of the century.