Shorebreak Challenge 2017: a unique event held in a Brazilian slab near Rio de Janeiro | Photo: ZeroDoisZoom

Nicholas Bastos has taken out the Shorebreak Challenge 2017, in Brazil.

The riders and the organizers hailed it as a historical turning point in Brazilian bodyboarding, as they waited eight years for the competition to return to the infamous spot.

The Shorebreak Challenge is a contest held in a dangerous Brazilian reef break located near Rio de Janeiro. Bodyboarders are invited to drop into a mutant slab which breaks in extremely shallow waters.

This was the fourth time the event got the green light, but now everyone involved hopes that it will open a new door in Brazilian and international bodyboarding.

A total of 24 athletes defied the fast barreling wave, but it was Nicholas Bastos who, with a Perfect 10-point ride in the final, defeated slab specialist Leopoldo Neto, Alexandre Cruz e Rodrigo Otávio.

"What a crazy day! We had great waves all day in the shallowest and sharper reef in Rio. Everyone went for it and caught incredible waves in heats that looked like free surfing doubles," expressed Bastos.

The push through, or punch through technique allows surfers to get past a small broken wave and reach the lineup without having to duck dive or turtle roll.

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