Sari Ohhara wins in Madeira, Joana Schenker grabs fourth European title

September 26, 2017 | Bodyboarding
Sari Ohhara: she tamed the waves of Faja da Areia, in Madeira | Photo: APB

Sari Ohhara has taken out the 2017 Bodyboard Girls Experience in six-to-eight-foot waves, in Madeira.

The 2017 Bodyboard Girls Experience confirmed that Madeira has world-class waves. The top female riders on the APB World Tour got barreled in perfect-peeling rollers at Fajã da Areia.

The truth is that there was a lot on the line for the bodyboarder girls. For example, Joana Schenker secured her fourth consecutive European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) title.

"I honestly thought I had to take the European decision a lot further, but this is competition, and I've seen this happen several times. It's important to think that it will be difficult and not to think that things get solved by themselves, although sometimes that's what it happens," said the Portuguese bodyboarder.

Schenker knew that the semifinal spot would only confirm a European title. She had to win the event to secure a maiden world title. However, a mistake in a decisive heat against Neymara Carvalho postponed her hopes.

Joana Schenker: she secured her fourth consecutive European Tour of Bodyboard (ETB) title in Madeira | Photo: APB

"I made a tactical mistake by letting her go on a wave where I had priority, and that was precisely the wave in which she got the score that gave her the victory, but those are things that happen," added Schenker, who will have another shot at the world title in Nazaré.

The event's final had Ohhara and Carvalho battling it out for precious points, but the Japanese found the best waves and beat the Brazilian veteran.

"I am very happy with this victory. I loved everything in this event and on this island. The victory was just the best way to end the week. I do not think much about the rankings. I was simply very pleased with the good waves I've surfed and had a lot of fun," concluded Ohhara.

The next stop on the APB Women's World Tour is the Nazaré Pro, from October 3-11, in Praia do Norte.

2017 Bodyboard Girls Experience | Final

1. Sari Ohhara (JAP)
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