Uri Valadão 

Uri Valadao has defeated Luis Villar to take out the Katherine Melo Bodyboarding Pro. Today, Brava Beach unvieled  the final day of the Katherine Melo Bodyboarding Pro 2008. This was the second mens event of the IBA world tour (the first was Pipeline, ,Hawaii).
 
The waves were small and the on shore wind started to blow in the morning, making conditions really hard for the finalists. The woman’s highlight was Maira Viana that lost to Joselaine Amorin in the semifinal. Maira just turned professional this year and the Katherine Melo Bodyboarding Pro was her first pro event.

“I am very happy to get in 3rd place here. Now let’s see if I can get a sponsor and compete the tour.” The 3x times world champion Neymara Carvalho lost to Naara Carolyne in the semifinal and also finished 3rd overall.

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Brava Beach 

Today was the best day of competition at Brava Beach, Santa Catarina. The waves were really nice with  clean 3 to 4 feet sets.

The top 16 IBA men’s entered the water and the Highlights were Ben Player, Uri Valadão and Guilherme Tâmega who all advanced to the next man on man round. Piere Louis Costes made an outstanding impression and also guaranteed his spot in the next round.

Australia's Mandy Zieran is a seasoned campaigner and is in great form.
 
Round 7 –  Men’s Heats
01 – Uri Valadão (Bra) x Magno Oliveira (Bra)
02- Yeray Martinez (Can) x Adam Morley (Reun)
03- Pierre Louis Costes (Fra) x Guilherme Tâmega (Bra)
04- Roberto Bruno (Bra) x Waldomiro Mirinho (Bra)
05 – Tainan Monte (Bra) x Silvano Lourenço (Por)
06 – Amaury Loverhne (Reun) x Hugo Pinheiro (Port)
07- Ben Player (Aus) x Bruno Inwick (Bra)
08 – Luis Villar (Bra) x Irai Rodrigues (Bra)

Quarter-finais Womans Heats

01 – Neymara Carvalho (Bra) x Catarina Sousa (Por)
02 – Naara Caroline (Bra) x Eunate Aguirre (Esp)
03 – Maíra Viana (Bra) x Mandy Zieren (Aus)
04 – Isabella Souza (Bra) x Joselani Amorin (Bra)

The action will be awesome tomorow. Don't miss any of the heats by watching live at 8.30am local time.

Source: IBA World Tour

Katherine Melo Pro 

Day 1 of the Katherine Melo Pro was a great success in Brazil. Today Brasil made history as the first heat of the Katherine Melo Bodyboarding Pro entered the water. It was officially opened as the biggest bodyboarding event ever in Brazil.

The waves were a little bit smaller than yesterday with some 3-4 feet sets. In the middle of the day the on shore wind came and made conditions a little bit tougher for the riders.

The first two rounds of  the men  where completed. The highlight was Brazilian rider Francirley Ferreira who scored the best wave of the day (8 points) and guaranteed himself a spot in the 3 round .
 
Tomorrow  will start with the men’s 3rd round and then the 1st woman’s round. The heats will start this Wednesday at 9:00 AM(Brazil time)

Source: IBA World Tour