Jessica Becker

The final day of the Bodyboard Pro Festival was completed at Isla De Margarita in front of a massive crowd.

The swell had a bit more size and punch and the clouds parted and created an awesome atmosphere for both competitors and spectators alike.

The day started with the Women’s quarter finals and the level of competition was incredible right from the get go.

Isabella Sousa (Brz) Natasha Sargardia (Prc) Neymara Carvalho (Brz) & Eunate Aguirre (Spn) all had wins with Soraia Rocha  (Brz) and Naara Caraline (Brz) also surfed with passion and flare.

Into the semis and the crowd & surf increases allowing for some mind blowing performances.

In semi 1 Natasha Sargardia continued her good form as the newly crowned ISA Champion with a win over Jessica Becker.  Isabella Sousa struggled to find waves and finished third and forth went to Mayla Venturin (Brz)

Semi 2 was equally entertaining as the lead changed hands several times. In the end the experience of Neymara Carvalho and Soria Rocha was too much for Eunate Aguirre and Naara Caroline.

The IBA DK event was also being whittled down with the only notable casualty being Dave Hubbard (USA). Dave was the warm favourite going into the contest but the Hawaiian fell victim to the incredible small wave riding techniques of the locals.

The Venezuelans have mastered the art of extracting every ounce of speed and power out of the weak swells and always make the right manoeuvre decisions to maintain speed and power thru their turns.

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IBA Women World Tour

The second last event on the IBA World Women’s Tour got underway in Venezuela today on Isla De Margarita and the girls put on an amazing display of elite bodyboarding in the small random peaks.

Portugal’s Rita Pires was the most notable first round casualty with a third place in her first heat.

Joining her on the sideline were other top seeds Annabella Guittard (Vnz) Izamar Vivas (Vnz)  & Andrea Carvalho (USA)

The recently crowned ISA World Champion Natasha Sargardia (Prc) showed flashes of brilliance but was beaten into second in the closing stages by Brazilian Jessica Becker.

Current ratings leader Isabela Sousa (Brz) fired off a warning shot over the head or her rivals when she blitzed the first round with a confident performance. Her focus is obvious as she tries to capture her first IBA World Title.

Isabella was both the highest scorer of the day (8.17) and held the best two wave combo (14.5).

Brazilian Naara Caroline also looked in fine touch smashing her way to Victory in heat 6.

Venezuela’s highest rated competitor Lumar Guittard stoked the crowd when she snuck into the quarters behind Soria Rocha (Brz).  Lumar had to hold off a determined Ruth Parra (Vnz) to finish second.

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Chris James 

Nomad FSD team rider Chris James recommitted to Nomad Bodyboards and Limited Edition Fins yesterday signing a new 2 year deal.

Chris James said of the deal “Nomad is making incredible progression in bodyboarding, in product development and also the creative collective of people that are involved with the team and special projects.

It is an amazing group to work with and I want to make sure I’m part of that. Projects like the new EFC core technology, film projects like the ROAM series, the FSD. That’s why I bodyboard. I just want to be part of it”.

Nomad owner Shane Britten was stoked to have CJ back on board.  “Griz is an integral part of our team, an amazing Bodyboarder, and is one of the keys to our development over the last couple of years. Having him recommit to the label today is fantastic. 

Anyone who has met Chris or has seen him surf will understand, and if you haven’t and still don’t have a full understanding of what the Nomad FSD is all about, the projects and advancements we have planned over the next 2 years will hopefully make you stand up and take notice”.

Speaking of the ROAM series, ROAM II has been delayed a week in shipping and will hit stores next week.

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