- 11 August 2008 | Bodyboarding
Today at El Gringo we finished the finals of the 5th stop on the IBA world tour. With good 8 feet sets, the best bodyboarders on the globe fought it out for the Arica Chilean Challenge.
The final was between Brazilian Guilherme Tâmega and Hawaiian Jeff Hubbard. Tâmega started the heat at 100% getting 4 waves in the first 10 minutes. One of this waves he scored a 9.5 in a 3 session tube that made the crowd go crazy. After he caught another tube and scored a 7 point wave.
At this stage, Jeff could only watch Tamega surf. The waves that Jeff paddled for were closing out. As time passed, things got a bit difficult for Jeff with Tâmega holding him to a 16 points combination at the final.
“I needed this victory, I felt that something really good was coming. When I knew that would get Jeff on the final I said, I need to win this time(Tâmega loss to Jeff in the 2006 final). I am really stoked and now I will fight for the world title.” said the champion Guilherme Tamega.
The IBA World Tour now moves to Europe for a three leg series.
1 - Guilherme Tâmega (BRA) 16,50
2 - Jeff Hubabrd (HAV) 11,37
3 - Piere Costes (FRA)
3 – Dave Winchster (Aus)
5 – Magno Oliveira (BRA)
5 – Yeray Martinez (CAN)
5 - Richard Dias (CAN)
5 - Mitch Rawlins(AUS)
- 08 August 2008 | Bodyboarding
Finally after 3 days off, the Arica Chilean Challenge started with the top 16 in the world hitting the water. As forecasted, the waves where bigger with 7 feet heavy sets pumping at El Gringo.
The standout of the day was the Australian Mitch Rawlins that had the highest score of the day 17.60
Chilean Jorge Lecaros won the toughest heat of the day with world champion Ben Player, the six time world champion Guilherme Tâmega and the world class rider Ryan Hardy.
Jorge came out of the water as a national celebrity.
Uri Valadao now has a real chance to secure some valuable points with Ben Player eliminated.
He now has to get past an inform Jeff Hubbard.
Tomorrow the waves will continue to pump at El Gringo and the next round men to men will start at 8:00 AM local time.
- 05 August 2008 | Bodyboarding
The second day of competition was held today with 5 to 6 feet of waves. It was the smallest day since the opening of the window but, one of the most perfect. Standouts where the Australians Mitch Rawllins and Ryan Hardy who both shared the highest scores of the day.
The Brazilian Francirley Ferreira had the 3rd overall score and along with Erisberto Abrantes and Abner Scoppetta are in the main event.
Airam Cabrera from Canary Island, Emiliano Tabaré from Argentina, Darren Halse from England and Dave Winchester from Australia also guaranteed their spot in the next round
The Chileans are doing well with 4 representatives in the main round. The rider from Arica Jorge Lecaros has the local support and will take on Ben Player, Ryan Hardy and Guilherme Tâmega in the 7th heat of the main event.
The competition might be on hold tomorrow (Monday) due to a strong swell that will get to Chile on Wednesday.
The full heat draws and online web cast can be checked on: http://www.beachbyte.com.br/eventos/bbarica08