Tristan Roberts and Ayaka Suzuki win the 2018 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival

Tristan Roberts and Ayaka Suzuki have taken out the 2018 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival, at La Cupula, in Chile.

The South African bodyboarder claimed the first premium event of this year's Qualifying Event Series Tour (QEST) after defeating Portuguese charger António Cardoso in the final.

It's his second consecutive win this season. Roberts had already won the inaugural West Beach Warfare, the first official bodyboarding event of the 2018 APB World Tour.

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Small waves put riders to the test at La Cupula

It's almost finals' day at Playa Llacolén. The 2018 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival (ABF) continues in La Cupula, one of the finest boogie waves in Chile.

Despite a slight decrease in wave height, the world's best bodyboarders were able to adapt to the conditions on offer and delivered exciting acrobatic performances.

Spectators on the beach and thousands of viewers who follow the live online broadcast witnessed the 2017 ABP champion, Neymara Carvalho, being eliminated in the quarterfinals at the hands of the Japanese powerhouse Ayaka Suzuki.

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2018 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival: the QEST is on

The 2018 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival kicked off in clean, three-to-four-foot waves at La Cupula, in Chile.

The second event of the Qualifying Event Series Tour (QEST) is also the first premium competition of the season, offering valuable points toward the rankings, and $35,000 in prize money for both the men's and women's divisions.

The APB is also introducing the new non-elimination round system which invites riders to take more risks and boost their performance in front of the judging panel.

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Johan De Goede has taken out the 2018 Digicape Tand Invitational. The legendary event got underway in pumping eight-to-ten-foot waves in Cape Town, South Africa.

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