Fierce competition in the early rounds of the 2009 Arica Chilean Challenge

August 3, 2009 | Bodyboarding

2009 Arica Chilean Challenge

The competition was fierce today as the Arican Chilean Challenge narrowed down it’s field. The conditions started off similar to the day prior but improved with the dropping tide as the morning turned to mid day. Scristobal Sciaraffia (Chile) started the day well with a round 2 win followed by Gregory Wouters (Aruba) who was surfing exceptional.

Tables had turned heading into round three with some big name heat knock outs. Heat 1 rd 3 saw Luis Fung (Peru) put on a solid performance winning with Eduardo Capinello placing second. Tomas Rigby (Aus) was on fire using barrel to roll and double roll combos to win heat 2, he was follow by Matuis Muniz.  Alexandre Widtman (Chile) once again progressed with a win over Gregory Wouters who progressed in second (Aruba).

Heat 3 Rouad 3 saw Bruno Rocha (Brazil) win his heat with Puerto Ricos Jorge Colomer sneaking into second place in the dying moments of the heat with a solid barrel. Igor Sanchez (Canarias) won over Renato Arelano (CHL) placing second narrowly beating Hawaiian Jacob Romero with a set wave roll even though he was interfered with by the competitor in Black (drop in).

Boris Villalobos surfed well in heat 6 winning his heat to a Jason Bitzer who had a good opening wave which was enough to help him progress.

Another Hawaiian (Timothy Hamilton) went down to Peru’s Jorge Saavedra and   Alan Munoz ( Chile/heat winner) leaving only Dave and Jeff Hubbard left to defend the islands. Helliton Loureiro (Brazil) won the final heat of round 3 over David Mantellini (Venezual) who also progressed.

Round 4 was stopped after heat 4 due to the afternoon onshore conditions but the action did not stop prior to this.  Heat 1 would have seen David Phillips from Hawaii due battle with Matis Muniz ( Chile/Winner ) and heat runner up Angelo Freda (Venezula). Diego Furiatti won the second heat of round four with Tomas Rigby once again progressing, with both riders heading into round 5.

Alexandre Widtman ( Chile ) narrowly beat runner up Brad Hughes (AUS) who both progressed to round 5. Gregory Wouters Aruba won a great heat against Bruno Rocha (Brazil) to finish up the days competition.

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