IBA Arica Chile 

The second day of competition was held today with 5 to 6 feet of waves. It was the smallest day since the opening of the window but, one of the most perfect. Standouts where the Australians Mitch Rawllins and Ryan Hardy who both shared the highest scores of the day. 

The Brazilian Francirley Ferreira had the 3rd overall score and along with Erisberto Abrantes and Abner Scoppetta are in the main event.

Airam Cabrera from Canary Island, Emiliano Tabaré from Argentina, Darren Halse from England and Dave Winchester from Australia also guaranteed their spot in the next round

The Chileans are doing  well with 4 representatives in the main round. The rider from Arica Jorge Lecaros has the local support and will take on  Ben Player, Ryan Hardy and Guilherme Tâmega in the 7th heat of the main event.

The competition might be on hold tomorrow (Monday) due to a strong swell that will get to Chile on Wednesday.
 
The full heat draws and online web cast can be checked on: http://www.beachbyte.com.br/eventos/bbarica08


SOURCE: IBA

Alexandre Widtman

El Gringo smiled today for the competitors in Round 1 with perfect 8 feet sets.

The trials and the first round went to the water

Highlight to the local  that scored the best wave of the day, a very profound tube that gave him 9.33 points.

Brad Hughes and Chad Jackson showed pretty consistant surfing and advanced to next round.

This Sunday we will have top riders entering the water as Ryan Hardy, Dave Winchester, Airam Cabrera, Mitch Rawlins, Igor Sanches and many others.

The top 16 riders will enter on Monday since only a round per day is being realized.
 
The competition will be broadcasted live at: http://www.beachbyte.com.br/eventos/bbarica08


SOURCE: IBA

IBA Arica, Chile

Today was the last free surf day before the opening window for the 5th IBA world tour event with all the top riders already in Arica, Chile.

The competitors warming up had a heavy training day at El Gringo, the spot where the competition will take place.
 
The waves where awesome, constantly pumping all the morning, with super heavy tubes.

Today was the final day for the riders check in. The Brazilians are in force at  the event, with over 17 competitors in the draw.

There is a strong swell forecast for this Friday and the first round might happen.

All riders must attend the check in at 7:15 at El Gringo.
 
Later today we will post all the seedings and heats.
 
The competition will be broadcasted live at: http://www.beachbyte.com.br/eventos/bbarica08

Pictures of the Free surf - http://picasaweb.google.com/ibamedia


SOURCE: IBA