Dave Winchester: El Gringo

Dave Winchester has conquered the 2010 Arica Chilean Challenge, at El Gringo, in spectacular bodyboarding conditions.

The Australian bodyboarder has defeated Amaury Laverhne (REU) with an amazing total score of 19.75 points.

Winchester got a 10 point ride and a 9.75 to win this IBA Grand Slam event. It's one of the best overall score, in a final heat, of the IBA World Tour history.

"Last year I was third and I want to win here. This is my first victory on tour and this is very special. I was competing like it was a free surf. I missed the first event in Pipeline, which was also a Grand Slam, so now I'll have to run to enter in title race", said Winchester.

Watch the finals' video, HERE.

In second place Amaury Lavehrne received 1720 points and he is still in first position on IBA World ranking. This was Amaury´s second final in a Grand Slam event in 2010.

Final day conditions were perfect with 6-8 feet waves.

Pro bodyboarders now head to the Peruvian Inka Challenge, in Lima, Peru. The competition will be held between 26th and 30th May.

Final:

#1 – Dave Winchester (AUS) 19,75 x 9,50 Amaury Laverhne (REUN)

Semifinal:

#1 – Amaury Laverhne (REUN) 17,33 x 13,40 Christian Fernandez (CHI)
#2 – Dave Winchester (AUS) 15,84 x 11,50 Jake Stone (AUS)

Quarter finals:

#1 – Amaury Laverhne (REUN) 15,34 x 13,27 Ben Player (AUS)
#2 – Christian Fernandez (CHI) 16,57 x 14,50 Uri Valadão (BRZ)
#3 – Dave Winchester (AUS) 13,90 x 13,00 Jeff Hubbard (HAW)
#4 – Jake Stone (AUS) 18,50 x 15,17 Pierre Louis Costes (FRA)

IBA World Tour ranking after Arica:

1 – Amaury Laverhne (REUN)
2 – Pierre Louis Costes (FRA)
3 – Jared Houston (ZAF)
4 – Damian King (AUS)
5 – Diego Cabrera (CANA)
6 – Jeff Hubbard (HAW)
7 – Guilherme Tâmega (BRZ)
8 – Mike Stewart (HAW)
9 – Ben Player (AUS)
10 – Jake Stone (AUS)