Isabela Sousa: smile, you've won again

Isabela Sousa has conquered the 2012 IBA Women's World Tour title, in Isla de Margarita, in Venezuela.

The Brazilian bodyboarder captured her second world trophy at the Bodyboard Pro Festival, at Playa Parguito, Nueva Esparta, and only had to touch the water to secure enough points to claim the title.

"I'm so happy. I don't know what to say. Bodyboarding is my life, it's taken me to so many places around the world and given me experiences and friendships that will last forever", says Isabela, after confirming the title.

Sousa was in a four-way wrangle with the other contenders, including Brazilian Karla Costa Taylor and current world champion, Eunate Aguirre, but managed to moved forward with a win in the Rio Bodyboarding International, the previous event held in Brazil.

Only Japans Minami Hatekayama could have snatched the title from Sousa, with a win in Venezuela and the final event in Puerto Rico, the Encanto Pro. But the 17-year-old decided not to challenge this year and will wait for a stronger campaign in 2013.

Isabela Sousa is regarded to be at the forefront of progressive women’s bodyboarding and represents a new wave of female riders that are taking the sport to new heights.

She captured her maiden title in 2010, by dominating every event she entered and, last year, battled with Eunate Aguirre in Azores to finish runner-up.

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