Punta1, Iquique: there is only one way out | Photo: ISA

The world-class reef break of Punta 1, in Chile, is ready to welcome the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship, between 6th-14th December.

The city of Iquique prepares to become the bodyboard capital of the world, as the planet's best riders get ready to compete in five categories: Open Men, Open Women, Junior Under-18 Boys, Junior Under-18 Girls, and Open Dropknee.

Punta 1 is usually dominated by bodyboarders, so fans in the beach will see top athletes showcasing high-performance maneuvers on this fantastic wave. The right-hand point break is very shallow - no more than 1.5 meters deep - and it works perfectly with a south swell.

"Iquique will be an incredible destination for this competition. Between its welcoming and warm people, and amazing waves that are perfectly suited for bodyboarding, the athletes that will soon be arriving to represent their countries are going to love it," underlines Fernando Aguerre, president of the International Surfing Association.

Iquique, also known as the "the land of champions" is hosting the country's first ISA World Bodyboard Championship. Riders will fight for individual medals and team trophies, in deep barrels and vertical ramps.

Team Brazil is the defending champion of the event. Bodyboarding was first included in the ISA World Surfing Games in 1988, with Chris Cunningham from the USA taking home the gold medal. In 2011, the first stand-alone event was held in Galdar, Canary Islands, Spain.

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