Miss Sumol Cup: Karla surrounded by friends/rivals

A fantastic final gave Karla Costa-Taylor the crown of the Miss Sumol Cup, held in Costa Nova, Aveiro, Portugal.

The Brazilian bodyboarder from Rio de Janeiro reached, for the first time in 15 years, the final heat of a Portuguese competition. Costa-Taylor only secured her win in the last minutes of this thrilling bodyboarding final, with a 8.3 wave.

Maylla Venturin placed second and the German Joana Schenker was third. Watch the final video.

"The championship had a good level of bodyboarding and the final was excellent, with constant changes of place and with high scores, which shows the level and commitment of athletes to win the race," said Rui Felix, of the Portuguese and European surfing federations.

Taylor made a total score of 15.50 points, Maylla Venturin 12.87, Joana Schenker 12.80 and Chiaki Okuyama, the Japanese,got 11.33.

The female bodyboarders surfed 337 waves during the Miss Sumol Cup and the best one - a 10-point ride - was scored by Maylla Venturin.

Finally, the Miss Congeniality award went to Natasha Sagardia, the Puerto Rican who, in 2009, was crowned queen of the Miss Sumol Cup.

IBA Women's World Bodyboarding ranking after Miss Sumol Cup:

1. Isabella Sousa (BRZ)
2. Maylla Venturin (BRZ)
3. Eunate Aguirre (SPN)
4. Karla Costa-Taylor (BRS)
5. Natasha Sagardia (PRCO)
6. Luzmarie Grandperez (PRCO)
7. Catarina Sousa (PORT)
8. Nicole Calheiros (BRZ)
9. Lumar Guittard (VNZ)
10. Lorraine Lima (BRZ)

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