Amaury Lavernhe: barreled to victory at El Gringo | Photo: Pablo Jimenez

Amaury Lavernhe has conquered the Arica Chilean Challenge 2014, in Chile.

The final had two strong riders battling for precious points on the APB World Tour: Amaury Lavernhe and Pierre-Louis Costes, in a French affair. Guilherme Tamega and Alex Uranga were third, only losing in the semifinals.

In his first wave of the final, Amaury scored an amazing barrel ride to collect 9.25 points. Later, the bodyboarder from Reunion Island stole the show with an incredible last-minute wave: a huge air reverse, scored as a Perfect 10-point ride. Costes' trademark backflips were not enough to conquer the judges.

"What a great joy! A special greeting to Pierre-Louis Costes, who forced me to outdo myself to win the event. Viva Chile, Arica, and Reunion!," expressed Lavernhe.

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Pierre-Louis Costes: the El Gringo from France | Photo: Pablo Jimenez

The Arica Chilean Challenge 2014 has reached the quarterfinals, at El Gringo.

The heat is on. Eight bodyboarders have a confirmed their presence in the quarterfinals of the Chilean event: Alan Munoz, Amaury Lavernhe, Guilherme Tamega, Lucas Nogueira, Mike Stewart, Alex Uranga, Pierre-Louis Costes, and Lewy Finnegan.

In Round 6, rider had man-on-man competition, instead of the classic three-man heats. Only one would get through. The first bodyboard to earn a ticket passage to the quarters was local favorite Alan Muñoz, who beated Uri Valadão.

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Bodyboarding: a New York state of mind

New York City has temporarily lifted the ban on bodyboarding, after receiving protests from the wave riding community.

When the New York City Parks Department issued the ban, bodyboarders almost could't believe what they were hearing. The authorities announced that all "flotation devices" were not allowed to enter the local waters.

The reasons behind the ban were not quite clear. Apparently, the bodyboarding prohibition was raised since two kids got swept out around Beach 33r with their boards, during tropical storm Bertha.

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