2010 Arica Chilean Challenge: beautiful wave machine

Today was the smallest day of competition at Arica for many years but the conditions were non-the-less still perfect. The glassy sets hit the reef at around 3 feet with offshore winds making all riders very happy with conditions.

The elimination highlight was Damian King who lost in a very tight heat to Jared Houston and Jacob Romero.The lead changed hands several times but in the end KIngy could not land a series of flips to progress.

Read more ...

2010 Arica Chilean Challenge: always pumping

Today was a typical day in Arica, due to the small conditions, the organization decided to put only the last two heats of Round 3 in the water, leaving the début of IBA Back-12 only for the next few days.

"The conditions were very small and we decided to just finish the two heats that were missing of this 3rd Round. We should start round four on Tuesday or Wednesday, when it begins to pull a big swell that should bring waves up to five meters, "said Chico Garritano, IBA Head Judge.

Read more ...

2010 Arica Chilean Challenge: the place to be

With a early start all of the 2nd round and 6 heats of the 3rd round were surfed at El Gringo today. It was the smallest day of the forecast but despite that El Gringo showed why is considered the most consistent wave in the world.

Standouts of today's action where Hawaiian Jacob Romero and the Chilean Cristobal Scirafia who scored one of the best waves of the day, a huge tube and a perfect backflip.

Read more ...