2009 Arica Chilean Challenge 

The ACC went XL today with conditions reading 12 ft out of the Southwest Direction.

Round 6 Heat 1 saw youngster Thomas (mini rig) Rigby beat current World Champion Uri Valadao with a huge rollo to end the heat. Heat two saw Hawaii's Jeff Hubbard take down the field with Rene Xavier coming in close second .

While Jeff was surfing his heat, Brother Dave (HI) entered the water but little did he know that it would be one of  the most dangerous  paddle outs in recent history. Almost getting pined against the rocks by an 8ft wave Dave said he wast stoke to make it out without injury and was able to calm himself enough to catch waves and progress into his next round.

In the same heat as David,  Magno Oleviea (BRZ)  was awarded the first 10 of the day and also gained the heat win with a massive roll coming straight off the bottom turn to the lip and into first place. Heat 4 round 6 was a difficult one with  Ryan Hardy losing out to Mark McCarthy and Brad Huhges who both surfed consistent.

Amaury Leaverne (FRN) had a great heat with big barrels against Mike Stewart (HI) who surfed solid as well with big rollos and was also stoked to watch his teammates progress in the other heats during the day!  Next up was heat 6 where Ben Player and Peirre Louis Costes made it through with Big Roll combinations that made the all the difference to progress.

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2009 Arica Chilean Challenge 

The event is currently on hold as a 8-10 feet swell marches towards the coast and the action is set to be awesome with the Top 16 taking on the in-form qualifiers.

There will be some absorbing battles to be fought as the front-runner's attempt to secure some valuable Grand Slam points on offer.

Be sure that you don't miss a minute of the action starting at 8am tomorrow (local time)

There is a clock on the website at www.chilebodyboard.com so set your alarm and check out the worlds best riders at one of the premier locations on the IBA World Mens Tour. 

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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!

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