Alexandre Widtman

El Gringo smiled today for the competitors in Round 1 with perfect 8 feet sets.

The trials and the first round went to the water

Highlight to the local  that scored the best wave of the day, a very profound tube that gave him 9.33 points.

Brad Hughes and Chad Jackson showed pretty consistant surfing and advanced to next round.

This Sunday we will have top riders entering the water as Ryan Hardy, Dave Winchester, Airam Cabrera, Mitch Rawlins, Igor Sanches and many others.

The top 16 riders will enter on Monday since only a round per day is being realized.
 
The competition will be broadcasted live at: http://www.beachbyte.com.br/eventos/bbarica08


SOURCE: IBA

IBA Arica, Chile

Today was the last free surf day before the opening window for the 5th IBA world tour event with all the top riders already in Arica, Chile.

The competitors warming up had a heavy training day at El Gringo, the spot where the competition will take place.
 
The waves where awesome, constantly pumping all the morning, with super heavy tubes.

Today was the final day for the riders check in. The Brazilians are in force at  the event, with over 17 competitors in the draw.

There is a strong swell forecast for this Friday and the first round might happen.

All riders must attend the check in at 7:15 at El Gringo.
 
Later today we will post all the seedings and heats.
 
The competition will be broadcasted live at: http://www.beachbyte.com.br/eventos/bbarica08

Pictures of the Free surf - http://picasaweb.google.com/ibamedia


SOURCE: IBA

Uri Valadao 

Uri Valadao (BRA) and Isabella Sousa (BRA) have won the IBA Rio das Ostras 2008, the fourth stop of the World Bodyboarding Championship.

The final day at Rio Das Ostras was amazing. Big crowds and the Worlds best combining to make a great specticle. Congratulations to Uri valadao and Isabella Sousa for their great victories and to all the riders and officials that made it such a professional event.

They have conquered 1.000 precious points for the overall ranking. The tour is now heading to Arica, Chile.


Rio das Ostras Pro final results:

Male Final

1- Uri Valadão (BRA) 16,50 x 14,15 Francirley Ferreira (BRA)

Female Final

1 – Isabela Sousa (BRA) 14,50 x 12,75 Eunate Aguirre (ESP)

 

SOURCE: IBA