Nicolas Capony crowned 2019 APB world junior champion

September 23, 2019 | Bodyboarding
Nicolas Capony: he mastered the powerful waves of Viana do Castelo | Photo: APB

Nicolas Capony has taken out the Viana Pro Junior World Championships, at Praia da Arda, in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.

The bodyboarder from Reunion Island defeated Bruno Martin, from Spain, in the final held in powerful six-to-eight-foot waves.

En route to winning his maiden APB world title, the French-speaking rider defeated a former champion, Armide Soliveres.

"I am very happy, and I don't know what to say. I like these waves. It was a dream come true, especially in my last year as a junior athlete," said Capony.

Terry McKenna, APB World Tour manager, was radiant with the organization's decision to wait and conclude the event with spectacular waves and offshore winds.

"Our first stand-alone World Junior Championships were a great success. We had the best bodyboarders from the four corners of the globe, and it's clear that our sport is in excellent hands," added McKenna.

The event used Viana's high-performance surfing center, home of Surf Clube de Viana (SCV), who is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

"Viana do Castelo is becoming known worldwide for organizing world-class events like this one, and that is only possible with the support and involvement of the entire SCV team," concluded João Zamith, chairman of SCV.

2019 Viana Pro Junior World Championships | Final

1. Nicolas Capony (REU) 15.44
2. Bruno Martin (ESP) 13.20