Itacoatiara: fast and furious | Photo: Itacoatiara Pro

The world's best bodyboarders are ready to drop in. The 2015 Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB) World Tour kicks off with the Itacoatiara Pro, between July 2nd-12th, in Brazil.

A new season brings a brand new addition to the event - the Pro Junior category. The young talents have proved they can ignite the spectators on the beach, so they will also have their competition.

And you know Itacoatiara. The powerful, wedgy beach break is located in Niteroi, 40 kilometers away from north of Rio De Janiero. "Pampo" is a heavy wave, and it is also considered one of the scariest and most dangerous peaks in Brazil. Perfect for deep tubes and giant aerial moves.

Jared Houston, winner of the 2014 Itacoatiara Pro, returns to the scene of the crime to defend his title against the 2014 APB World Tour champion, Amaury Lavernhe. Both riders complete an elite roster for the opening stage of the season.

"It's all coming together nicely. We have the world's best riders locked in to surf some of the world's best waves, and we have been working hard behind the scenes with our promoters to deliver quality events, its an exciting time for the sport," underlines Alex Leon, CEO at APB.

"The riders are all training hard now for a big month of events in July and we feel confident that these three contests in South America will provide the perfect springboard for the year."

The Men's Word Tour will travel to Itacoatiara, Arica, Antofagasta, Shark Island, Sintra, Nazare, Fronton, Teahupoo, Santa Catarina and Encanto Beach.