Jared, Amaury or Pierre? Middles will decide the 2015 APB Tour champion

October 19, 2015 | Bodyboarding
Jared Houston: he might be the first South African world bodyboarding champion since Andre Botha in 1999 | Photo: Jimenez/APB

Jared Houston, Amaury Lavernhe, or Pierre-Louis Costes? One of them will be crown the world's best bodyboarder in 2015.

And it all goes down to Puerto Rico. The last event on the APB Tour will define the season's champion. The Encanto Pro Cultura runs from November 4th-15th, at the popular break of Middles in the town of Isabela.

Jared Houston is best positioned to take the world bodyboarding title to the African continent. The last South African to win the trophy was Andre Botha, in 1996. Sixteen years later, with two event victories, Houston only needs an average result, and to finish equal or better than Amaury.

"I'm in the best position of my career right now to realise my career-long dream of the APB Tour World champion title. This year's tour has been one of the funnest in memory and I'm so stoked and proud to be a part of the group of pro riders who believed in, and stuck with the APB, and now to find myself leading the charge into the last event is just surreal," revealed Houston.

"Amaury Lavernhe and Pierre-Louis Costes are, in my opinion, the two most well-rounded bodyboarders in the sport right now, and if I can maintain my lead and win the world title away from them, I will consider that to be the best possible achievement of my sporting life to date.

With two world titles in the belt, the rider from Reunion Island is following up closely with 5638 points, a mere 36 points short of the rankings leader. Lavernhe won the first stage of the 2015 APB Tour, and will have to do better than Jared.

"I am more than ever engaged in the world title race with Jared Houston and Pierre-Louis Costes. It is my adrenaline for the end of the 2015 APB Tour. I'm going soon to Puerto Rico to get ready, and spend some time with the team Sniper Puerto Rico!" added Lavernhe.

Pierre-Louis Costes has nothing to lose. He will go for broke, and will sit and watch what happens to his direct opponents. The French back flipper had the best results in the European leg - a victory in Sintra and a fifth place in Nazaré - and still has a shot at the trophy.

"The good news too is that I'm still in contention for the world title that will be decided in Puerto Rico. It's going to be a hard task, but I'm ready for the challenge!" concluded Costes.

Houston, Lavernhe or Costes? Any bets?

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