2010 Arica Chilean Challenge: incredible bodyboarding

Saturday saw the round 6 man-on-man heats hit the water for the IBA Arica Chilean Challenge 2010. The sets were pumping with 6 to 8 feet with the perfection of Arica.

The current world champion Jeff Hubbard again made an outstanding performance and won his heat against the Portuguese Gastão Entrudo.

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2010 Arica Chilean Challenge: this one should get a 10

The decision to postpone R5 of the Arica Chilean Challenge was rewarded yesterday when a big swell rolled into the famed reef and turned it on for the Top 16. The conditions were classic and El Gringo fired up for the crowd in Arica with 10-12 feet waves.

The top-16 debuted and dominated the heats. The highlight of today was the Hawaiian, world champion in 2009, Jeff Hubbard. Accustomed to the great conditions in Hawaii, Jeff showed that it is tough to beat him in big waves and combines 18.67 out of a possible 20 in his opening heat.

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Jasper Ashmoore: winner takes it all

On a clear, calm and cold morning, competitors and spectators alike arrived at Knights where they were greeted with some glassy 1 to 2 foot wedges.

Rather than move to the event to the more swell exposed beach of Waitpinga, the call was made to hold the competition at Knights as the swell was expected to rise throughout the morning.

It proved to be a good call as the waves became more consistent, with some perfect 3 foot wedges pumping through the lineup.

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