Mike Stewart wins the 2009 Arica Chilean Challenge

Heat 1 of the quarter finals saw Jeff Hubbard progress against Rene Xavier in a very wave less heat which had been the normal start to each day with high tide conditions! Dave Hubbard progressed today with another sneaky darkhorse effort against Magno Oleveria with a clean tube that Magno could not surpass in Heat 1 of the Quarterfinals.

Amaury Laverhne was ousted by Mike Stewart today who poster a 16.00 to Amaurys 15.67. Great tube rides where the call for both riders during the heat but Mike left nothing to chance gaining the win by tailing Amaury until the heats end.

Next up was Guilherme Tamega vs an on fire Dave Winchester who beat the 6x champ with smooth barrel to roll combos and a barrel to invert on the right that made all the difference sending him to the semi finals.

Semi Final Number 1 saw Brother VS  Brother with Jeff and Dave Hubbard doing battle in what was one of the more exciting heats of all time. Jeff opened up with a huge back flip gaining him a 9.00.

Dave got up Drop Knee on his first wave almost to say good job Jeff you already won, but on his second wave off Jeffs priority Dave threw cuation and safety to the wind with a massive back flip landing hard and in the pocket with enough time to whip another ARS to claim a 10.00 ride and set Jeff into frenzied chase. Dave backed his first with a mid 7 point ride in which Jeff never got a chance to counter.

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2009 Arica Chilean Challenge

It was big day today at the ACC heading into Round 7. A drama filled morning went down starting with Tomas (mini rig) Rigby doing battle with another young gun from Brazil, Rene Xavier. 

From the start it looked like Rigby would take the heat with a solid invert to open up followed by a good roll on a separate wave. But with time winding down Rene Xavier was able to find a big ARS bowl to move ahead by 1.32 leaving Rigby needing to improve his back up score.

Tomas found a lip (big section) and went for a progressive back flip where a air roll may have gotten him the score he needed and since he did not complete Rene Xavier remained in position for the win.

Tomas ended up losing his fins after the back flip, getting back out just before the time ran out he was never able to get another score. We want to congratulate both our young hero's of the event (great bodyboarding from the new generation).

Next up was Round 7 Heat 2 with Uri Valadao(Brazil) and Jeff Hubbard (HI). Current World Champ Uri opened up with a  big score on a medium size set wave. He gained a high 8.9 average with a big invert to roll on the inside.

Jeff answered back with a barrel to invert which he gained a 9.17 for setting the pace. Some how Jeff made it back into the line up to gain priority before Uri who was left inside after the rollo. Jeff found a second score in what is being called the biggest invert ever done in a contest giving Jeff the edge with the first 10 point ride of the day.

After this it was a chase on Uri's side with Jeff surfing waves when in priority to avoid Uri using these high scoring waves to possibly get back in the game with a needed 10 and combo 9.18 to move ahead. Uri found a decent barrel on a left but while paddling back out he lost his board duck diving.

With 5 mins left all the was between Jeff and the win was time as he continued to boost and ride barrels with scores not even being read as they were irrelevant to the heat situation even though 8’s where being produced.

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2009 Arica Chilean Challenge

The ACC went XL today with conditions reading 12 ft out of the Southwest Direction.

Round 6 Heat 1 saw youngster Thomas (mini rig) Rigby beat current World Champion Uri Valadao with a huge rollo to end the heat. Heat two saw Hawaii's Jeff Hubbard take down the field with Rene Xavier coming in close second .

While Jeff was surfing his heat, Brother Dave (HI) entered the water but little did he know that it would be one of  the most dangerous  paddle outs in recent history. Almost getting pined against the rocks by an 8ft wave Dave said he wast stoke to make it out without injury and was able to calm himself enough to catch waves and progress into his next round.

In the same heat as David,  Magno Oleviea (BRZ)  was awarded the first 10 of the day and also gained the heat win with a massive roll coming straight off the bottom turn to the lip and into first place. Heat 4 round 6 was a difficult one with  Ryan Hardy losing out to Mark McCarthy and Brad Huhges who both surfed consistent.

Amaury Leaverne (FRN) had a great heat with big barrels against Mike Stewart (HI) who surfed solid as well with big rollos and was also stoked to watch his teammates progress in the other heats during the day!  Next up was heat 6 where Ben Player and Peirre Louis Costes made it through with Big Roll combinations that made the all the difference to progress.

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