Amaury Lavernhe: second world bodyboarding title in the pocket

Amaury Lavernhe has conquered the 2014 Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) World Tour, in the waves of Praia Grande, Sintra, Portugal.

In the last day of competition, Jared Houston was not able to handle the pressure of the quarterfinals, and left Uri Valadao and Amaury Lavernhe chasing top honours. Four years later, the French bodyboarder would grab the trophy as the Brazilian failed to move on.

"Thanks to all of you! I am so happy. It was an incredible day. Congratulations to all riders and, to all of you. Without your support and confidence nothing could've happened," underlined Lavernhe.

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Miguel Adao: prepare for landing | Photo: FPS/Pedro Patricio

The APB World Tour title race is on, as Pierre Louis Costes e Amaury Lavernhe are forced to surf a Round 4 heat in the Sintra Portugal Pro 2014.

Despite the lack of information and video highlights, Portuguese reports tell us that Uri Valadao and Jared Houston managed to win their heats, keeping the race for the world bodyboarding trophy pretty much intense.

Houston beated Lucas Nogueira, Provençal Corentin and Gastão Entrudo in Round 3, with an impressive 16.50 heat total. Uri Valadao eliminated Jeff Hubbard, Diego Cabrera and Miguel Adão.

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Sintra: crowning champions for 19 years | Photo: FPS/Pedro Patrício

The Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) has announced that the Sintra Portugal Pro will decide the 2014 season champions in the Men, Women and Drop-Knee divisions. This means that there will be no Fronton stage.

The Portuguese stage, a four-star bodyboarding event, will crown three world champions, at Praia Grande. Now, let's check what may happen, in terms of who's in contention for the APB World Tour title.

In the Men's race, there are six possibilities. The easiest job is in the hands of Pierre-Louis Costes, the rankings leader. His trademark back flips will be useful in Sintra's beach breaks.

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