Mitch Rawlins

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. 

Airam Cabrera(I.Can) x Richard Dias(I.Can)
Jeff Hubbard(Haw)xUri Valadão(Bra)
Pierre Costes(Fra) x Francirley Ferreira( Bra)
Yeray Martinez(I.Can) x Ivan Hernandez(I.Can)
Mitch Rawllins(Aus) x Mike Stewart(Haw)
Dave Winchester(Aus) x Paulo Barcellos(Bra)
Jorge Lecaros(Chi) x Magno Oliveira(Bra)
Brad Hughes(Aus) x Guilherme Tâmega(Bra)

IBA Arica Chile 

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


SOURCE: IBA

Alexandre Widtman

El Gringo smiled today for the competitors in Round 1 with perfect 8 feet sets.

The trials and the first round went to the water

Highlight to the local  that scored the best wave of the day, a very profound tube that gave him 9.33 points.

Brad Hughes and Chad Jackson showed pretty consistant surfing and advanced to next round.

This Sunday we will have top riders entering the water as Ryan Hardy, Dave Winchester, Airam Cabrera, Mitch Rawlins, Igor Sanches and many others.

The top 16 riders will enter on Monday since only a round per day is being realized.
 
The competition will be broadcasted live at: http://www.beachbyte.com.br/eventos/bbarica08


SOURCE: IBA