Itacoatiara Pro: you've got to be fit to tame this wave | Photo: D'Andrea/APB

The 2016 Itacoatiara Pro is set to ignite Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, from June 16th-26th.

The billboards are up on the highway. The XXL swells have constantly been hitting the shore. The beer is cold. The fans are ready. Who's fit and ready to claim the Brazilian trophy?

The road is long, but a good result on the third stage of the 2016 APB World Tour could play a decisive role in the definition of the season's champion. And, this year, Hawaiian bodyboarders are leading the way.

Jeff Hubbard is on top of the rankings, but his brother Dave, veteran Mike Stewart, and young gun Tanner McDaniel are also chasing the leader with solid results in the last event held in Tahiti.

Jared Houston is one of the most consistent riders so far. The 2015 world bodyboarding champion secured two third-place finishes in Pipeline and Tahiti, so he is a serious contender win in Brazil.

Amaury Lavernhe, winner of the 2015 edition of the Itacoatiara Pro, is looking forward to relaunching his season campaign, and a victory in the Brazilian waves would catapult him to the first places.

2016 APB World Tour | Rankings Before Itacoatiara Pro

1. Jeff Hubbard (HAW), 4400 points
2. Jared Houston (RSA), 3500 points
3. Cedric Estall (TAH), 3200 points
4. Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA), 2600 points
5. Dave Hubbard (HAW), 2500 points
6. Mike Stewart (HAW), 2400 points
7. Angelo Faraire (TAH), 2320 points
8. Tanner McDaniel (HAW), 2280 points
9. Amaury Lavernhe (REU), 2100 points
10. Alan Munoz (CHI), 2000 points