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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2009 Arica Chilean Challenge

The event is currently on hold as a 8-10 feet swell marches towards the coast and the action is set to be awesome with the Top 16 taking on the in-form qualifiers.

There will be some absorbing battles to be fought as the front-runner's attempt to secure some valuable Grand Slam points on offer.

Be sure that you don't miss a minute of the action starting at 8am tomorrow (local time).