Lewy Finnegan steals the Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival 2015

August 3, 2015 | Bodyboarding
Lewy Finnegan: charging at Nilda Point | Photo: Jimenez/APB

Lewy Finnegan and Alexandra Rinder have conquered the Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival 2015, at Nilda Point, in Chile.

The Australian bodyboarder defeated former 2008 world champion Uri Valadao in the final, held in solid six-to-eight foot set waves breaking in a shallow reef. Finnegan had recently won the Australian-Indian stage of the inaugural FSB World Tour.

Lewy was able to land some spectacular moves throughout the contest, and he continued to perform above sea level by dropping an 8.67 and a 7.67 in the opening exchanges. Uri was left hunting high scores for the remainder of the final.

"I'm just so stoked. This is like a dream come true; I can't believe it. Today has got to be one of the best days of my life! I can't believe I managed to win my first World Tour event here in Antofagasta, Chile. It feels so surreal that today actually happened," expressed Finnegan.

"'If I can take down Moz, then I can win this thing,' I was saying to myself before the start of my following heats. With luck on my side and managing to be on the better waves and land all of the big airs I attempted, I ended up taking the final out in complete disbelief of what I had achieved."

In the Women's final, Alexandra Rinder and Isabela Sousa once again clashed in waves of consequence. But Alexandra's experience in the massive waves of the Canary Islands gave her the edge in the shifty Chilean line-up.

"I can't believe it. To beat such a talented rider like Isabella twice in a row is very satisfying. What a day and what a trip! I think I just had the craziest two weeks of my life," underlined Rinder.

"I made three dreams come true: I had my dream final against my idol Isabela Sousa, I won the ACC 2015, and I took two victories in a row by winning the ABF 2015."

Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival 2015 | Final Results

1. Lewy Finnegan (Australia)
2. Uri Valadao (Brazil)
3. Iain Campbell (SFA)
4. Sasha Damjamic (Chile)

1. Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)
2. Isabela Sousa (Brazil)
3. Sari Ohhara (Japan)
4. Anais Velis (Chile)

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