La Salie Pro 2015: the finalists line up under blood red skies | Photo: La Salie Pro

Pierre-Louis Costes and Joana Schenker have conquered the La Salie Pro 2015, in Aquitaine, France.

The first stop on the European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) 2015 was deeply affected by large tidal ranges forcing organizers to complete all heats in two days.

In the last day of competition at La Salie Nord, there were pretty contestable overhead sets and offshore winds on offer. In the Men's division, the local riders showed how well they knew this spot, but the scenario was rather different in the Women's category.

The 2014 European bodyboarding champion Joana Schenker proved she won't let her title go easily. In the final, the Portuguese rider stole a 7.50 point wave to leave the world champion, Alexandra Rinder, in the runner-up position.

In the Men's final, two French bodyboarders (Pierre-Louis Costes and Mickael Kerlir) were up against two riders from Morocco (Anas Haddar and Brahim Iddouch). Costes found two excellent waves and stole the event with an impressive total heat score of 18.50 points.

"Stoked on winning La Salie Pro! Thanks Ocean Roots Surf Club for running a great event. Congrats also to all the competitors and organizators. Hope to see you all next year and hold that trophy again!" expressed Costes.

The La Salie Pro 2015 champion had been decided, but the event would only be closed with a tribute to Elio Canestri, the young surfer who lost his life in a shark attack, in Reunion Island.

La Salie Pro 2015 | Finals

Men
1. Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA)
2. Mickaël Kerlir (FRA)
3. Anas Haddar (MOR)
4. Brahim Iddouch (MOR)

Women
1. Joana Schenker (POR)
2. Alexandra Rinder (GER)
3. Teresa Almeida (POR)
4. Madi Fernandez (EUK)

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