Uri Valadao and Mayla Venturin win the Sopelana BBK Pro

August 25, 2008 | Bodyboarding
Sopelana BBK Pro

Uri Valadao and Mayla Venturin have won the Sopelana BBK Pro!

Uri defeated Eder Luciano and Mayla defeated Christiane Kale making for an all Brazilian domination of both divisions.

On day three, conditions were perfect for competitors and spectators alike with sunny skies and fun-sized 2-3 footers being the order of the day.

The day began with the last 4 heats of R5 for the Men and as expected the action was red hot.

Heat 5 went to the local Aritz Larrinaga who showed that local knowledge counts for a lot with a solid win over Frenchman Pierre Costes. Exit Gastao Entrudo and Gorka Lasa.

Heat 6 was another great battle with the lead constantly changing. Manuel Centeno was leading early but picked up an interference and finished last ahead of Brazils Leonardo Costa with Pablo Serano (Ger) second and Hugo Pinheiro (Port) winning.

Heat 7 and current World champ Ben Player struggle to find waves with power and falls short along with Arim Caberara (Cny). The Brazilian duo of Rene Xavier and Eder Luciano dominated and go 1-2 into the quarters.

In the last of the R5 Men’s heats Mark McCarthy (Sth Af) leads from start to finish with a polished display of small wave surfing.

John Showell (Aust) managed to sneak into second place in the closing stages with a tube/roll combo leaving Ryan Hardy in third and Hermano Castro (Brz) last.

The Women’s quarterfinals were man on man and results were as follows.

Heat1 Christiane KALE Defeated Eunate AGUIRRE
Heat 2 Isabella SOUSA Defeated Soraia ROCHA
Heat 3 Jessica BECKER Defeated Neymara CARVALHO
Heat 4 Maylla VENTURIN Defeated Lumar GUITTARD

The Men’s quarters were also a great finish to another long but successful day.

Heat 1 Uri Valadao defeated local rider David Perez.
Heat 2 Deigo Cabrera defeated Fabio Rodriguez
Heat 3 Rene Xavier defeated Aritz Larrinaga
Heat 4 Eder Luciano Defeated Pablo Serano