Sebastian Siede: he Arica his home | Photo: Pablo Jimenez

Upsets, mistakes and spectacular performances marked the conclusion of Round 4 and 5 of the Arica Chilean Challenge 2014.

The organization decided to extend heats from twenty-five minutes to thirty minutes, to compensate for the inconsistent but rising swell.

Mike Stewart confirms that ageing is of less importance, when you've got the knowledge. The nine-time world bodyboarding champion picked off the handful of valuable waves to win his heat. Iain Campbell took second.


Rockaway Beach: no bodyboarding | Photo: New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

New York City has banned bodyboarding in all public beaches.

The New York City Parks Department has issued a ban on boogie boards. Anyone trying to enter the water with a bodyboard will face penalties.

The unprecedented decision was taken by Jill Weber, administrator at the Parks Department Rockaways. Apparently, the bodyboarding ban is on since two kids got swept out around Beach 33r with their boards, during tropical storm Bertha.


Alan Munoz: experience pays off | Photo: APB/Pablo Jimenez

The top 16 bodyboarders in the world have entered competition at the 2014 Arica Chilean Challenge.

El Gringo is up and firing. The non-elimination round saw former world champion Uri Valadão scoring a couple of rare right-hand gems and skipping to Round 5. Amaury Lavernhe followed the Brazilian.

Guilherme Tâmega scored a 9.67 barrel ride, tying Diego Cabrera for the highest score of the event so far, on his way to winning his Round 3 heat. Ben Player, a world title contender, also displayed an impressive performance and is through to Round 5.