Sopelana BBK Pro 

Uri Valadao and Mayla Venturin have won the Sopelana BBK Pro!!!

Uri defeated Eder Luciano and Mayla defeated Christiane Kale making for an all Brazilian domination of both divisions.

In the day three, conditions were perfect for competitors and spectators alike with sunny skies and fun sized  2-3 footers being the order of the day.

The day began with the last 4 heats of R5 for the Men and as expected the action was red hot.

Heat 5 went to the local Aritz Larrinaga who showed that local knowledge counts for a lot with a solid win over Frenchman Pierre Costes. Exit Gastao Entrudo and Gorka Lasa.

Heat 6 was another great battle with the lead constantly changing. Manuel Centeno was leading early but picked up an interference and finished last ahead of Brazils Leonardo Costa with Pablo Serano (Ger) second and Hugo Pinheiro (Port) winning.

Heat 7 and current World champ Ben Player struggles to find waves with power and falls short along with Arim Caberara (Cny). The Brazilian duo of Rene Xavier and Eder Luciano dominated and go 1-2 into the quarters.

In the last of the R5 Men’s heats Mark McCarthy (Sth Af) leads from start to finish with a polished display of small wave surfing. John Showell (Aust) managed to sneak into second place in the closing stages with a tube/roll combo leaving Ryan Hardy in third and Hermano Castro (Brz) last.


Guilherme Tamega 

Today at El Gringo we finished the finals of the 5th stop on the IBA world tour. With good 8 feet sets, the best bodyboarders on the globe fought it out for the Arica Chilean Challenge.

The final was between Brazilian Guilherme Tâmega and Hawaiian Jeff Hubbard. Tâmega started the heat at 100% getting 4 waves in the first 10 minutes. One of this waves he scored a 9.5 in a 3 session tube that made the crowd go crazy. After he caught another tube and scored a 7 point wave.
At this stage, Jeff could only watch Tamega surf. The waves that Jeff paddled for were closing out. As time passed, things got a bit difficult for Jeff with Tâmega holding him to a 16 points combination at the final.

Guilherme Tamega
“I needed this victory, I felt that something really good was coming. When I knew that would get Jeff on the final I said, I need to win this time(Tâmega loss to Jeff in the 2006 final). I am really stoked and now I will fight for the world title.” said the champion Guilherme Tamega.

The IBA World Tour now moves to Europe for a three leg series. 
1 - Guilherme Tâmega (BRA) 16,50
2 - Jeff Hubabrd (HAV) 11,37
3 - Piere Costes (FRA)
3 – Dave Winchster (Aus)
5 – Magno Oliveira (BRA)
5 – Yeray Martinez (CAN)
5 - Richard Dias (CAN)
5 - Mitch Rawlins(AUS)


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Mitch Rawlins

Finally after 3 days off, the Arica Chilean Challenge started with the top 16 in the world hitting the water. As forecasted, the waves where bigger with 7 feet heavy sets pumping at El Gringo.
The standout of the day was the Australian Mitch Rawlins that had the highest score of the day 17.60

Chilean Jorge Lecaros  won  the toughest heat of the day with world champion Ben Player, the six time world champion Guilherme Tâmega and the world class rider Ryan Hardy.

Jorge came out of the water as a national celebrity.

Uri Valadao now has a real chance to secure some valuable points with Ben Player eliminated.

He now has to get past an inform Jeff Hubbard.
Tomorrow the waves will continue to pump at El Gringo and the next round men to men will start at 8:00 AM local time.