- 03 December 2008 | Bodyboarding
Day two at Confital dished up some astounding performances as the Top seeds in the Women’s hit the water for first time in clean 3-4 feet barrels.
The swell was marginally smaller than yesterday but some of the sections were bordering on sublime.
When riders paddled into the good ones, the whole point just rose to their feet in anticipation. A hundred metres of clean glassy wall with a dog leg end bowl to die for…this is the sort of stuff that you drool over in your dreams.
To start the day the riders in R3 went to work off the back of an early low tide and David Galindo set a great standard with a solid win in heat 1.
Other heat winners from round three were Kevin Orihuela (Esp) AitorOjeda (Esp) Jofre Gonzalez (Esp) Jose’ De La Cruz (Esp) Miguel Micias (Esp) Yusako Kyotani (Japan) and Alvaro Padron (Esp)
With the tide coming in and a huge crowd building the stage was set for an incredible showdown with four girls all vying for the IBA World Women’s crown.
Jessica Becker, Isabella Sousa & Neymara Carvalho all from Brazil and the lone European Eunate Aguirre from Spain all needed to progress out of round 1 and the pressure was on from the get go.
In heat 1 Rita Pires (Port) and Emma Cobb (Aust) were just too strong for Catarina Sousa and Rio Clarke.
Heat two went to Former World Champion Marina Taylor (Cny) with Eunate Agirre (Spn) outclassing Neuza Mochacho (Port)
Heat three saw an upset when Isabella Sousa was beaten in third place by Luz Marie Gran Perez (Prc) and Jessica Becker (Brz)
Isabella was humble in defeat.
- 02 December 2008 | Bodyboarding
The storybook ending to the IBA World Bodyboard Tour continued today at El Confital in the Canary Islands with perfect 3-5 footers greeting competitors in the opening two rounds of the Men’s competition.
Unlike our Pro Surfing counterparts, the race for a World Championship has never been closer and this final event at El Confital in the Canary Islands is delivering a Grand Stand finish to an amazing year of competition.
Three IBA World Titles are up for grabs with the Men’s, Women’s and Drop Knee champions all being decided this week.
Everything about this set-up is incredible.
The structure is massive and the crowds of passionate spectators are intense, but its the wave itself that steals the show.
A perfect right hand point with a ramping end bowl that allows for highflying aerobatics or deep tube rides. It’s the ultimate arena for the showdown of the millennium.
Today the locals showed the worlds best how to ride Confital with a fearless approach to the opening rounds.
Emesto Evana (Esp) was the days top scorer taking both the single highest score and best two wave combo to stamp himself as a serious contender.
The other highlights were coming thick and fast.
Every time you looked to the line-up some local was fanging down the line and busting mind-boggling moves.
- 28 November 2008 | Bodyboarding
The 2008 IBA World Tour is near the end.
The final stage will be held in El Confital, Canary islands. The pro bodyboarders will hit the waves between 1st and 6th December.
Guilherme Tamega, Uri Valadao, Ben Player and Pierre Louis Costes will battle it out for the World Championship.
Ben Player is the 2007 IBA World Tour champion and Guilherme Tamega currently has a narrow lead, as we enter the spanish battle.
Also, El Confital is the last event on the IBA World Drop Knee Tour (WDKT).