Jared Houston: high and dry | Photo: Jimenez/APB Tour

Jared Houston and Alexandra Rinder have conquered the 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge, at El Gringo, Chile.

The South African bodyboarder faced two-time world champion Amaury Lavernhe in the decisive final, held in outstanding wave conditions. There were plenty of barrels and ramps to be attacked.

In the first five minutes, Lavernhe nailed two excellent scores to collect a total of 18.00 points. The situation looked difficult for his opponent, but Houston pulled an 8.50 backflip and a huge 9.50 invert to tie the match.

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Jared Houston: Perfect 10 at Arica | Photo: Tabone/APB Tour

Spectacular barrels greeted riders competing at the 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge, in Chile. Round 4 has been completed.

Alan Muñoz was forced to quit the contest due to injury. As a result, super grom David Barbosa and veteran rider Roberto Bruno secured automatic tickets into Round 5.

After watching Lucas Nogueira and Antonio Cardoso advancing, Helliton Loureiro dropped a pair of eights (8.0 and 8.4) to come out on top and keep his winning hopes alive. Sacha Damjanic, a local talent, will also continue in the competition.

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Renan Faccini: the gothic rider | Photo: MCD

Renan Faccini has joined the iconic surf wear brand More Core Division (MCD).

The indie bodyboarder from Sao Paulo - widely known for his alternative trademark aerial antics - has signed a deal with the company founded by Michael Tomson and Jack Denny, in the 1980s.

Faccini, who was raised in the United States, is the first bodyboarder ever to enter the MCD team, which includes surfers and musicians. The cutting edge surf brand uses gothic imagery and raw graphics in its DNA.

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