- 15 June 2012 | Bodyboarding
Dave Winchester has conquered the 2012 Itacoatiara Pro, in Brazil. The Australian bodyboarder defeated former world champion Guilherme Tâmega in a very tight final.
The last day of competition was held in fantastic wave conditions at the famed Brazilian wedge. Winchester sealed the second victory of the season and showed he is prepare to fight for the world bodyboarding title.
In the Semifinals, Winchester and Tamega beated Ben Player and Mitch Rawlins. The Australian was already showing he wanted to win in Itacoatiara, after finishing the heat with a total score of 18.7 points.
The 40-minute final was intense. The local crowd wanted the iconic GT to taste gold in home waters, but things wouldn't be easy. Winny rode two good waves to get a nice score on the board and Tamega spent 10 minutes without showing off his eternal talent.
When there were only ten minutes left, Guilherme Tamega was needing a 9.7-point ride and with five minutes for the buzzer, GT was already in combo land. The blond rider was all smiles. He had won the 2012 Itacoatiara Pro. Watch the final, here.
The 2012 IBA World Tour rankings are now led by Dave Winchester. He is followed by Mitch Rawlins, Ben Player, Jeff Hubbard and Mike Stewart. The next event is the Zicatela Pro, in Puerto Escondido, Mexico
2012 Itacoatiara Pro Final:
Dave Winchester (AUS) 16.45
Guilherme Tamega (BRZ) 14.73