Uri Valadao triumphs in the 2014 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival

September 1, 2014 | Bodyboarding
Uri Valadao and Alexandra Rinder: Chilean smiles | Photo: Cristian Rudolffi

Uri Valadao and Alexandra Rinder have conquered the 2014 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival, at Ola La Cupula, Chile.

This was the event of all surprises. The last day of competition at the 2014 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival brought new names to the world bodyboarding center stage.

With Amaury Lavernhe being put out of the waves by Eder Luciano, Pierre-Louis Costes regained leadership of the APB World Tour rankings after reaching quarterfinals. But Brahim Iddouch had other plans, and the French had to settle with a fifth place.

Israel Salas was completely fired up. He eliminated Jared Houston, Mike Stewart, Nicholas Bastos, and Brahim Iddouch before reaching the final. The decisive confrontation was a tight affair, in which Uri Valadao took the top honors with a narrow margin of 0.65 points.

"Incredible. I've no words to describe this moment. I just want to thank everyone that supported me during the contest here in Antofagasta. Thank you!" said Valadao.

In the Women's final, two very young ladies showed us how's the future shaping up, when it comes to pro female bodyboarding. Alexandra Rinder, 16, was up against Sari Ohhara, 19.

Rinder decided to start the final with a powerful commitment, and took an early lead. Despite Ohhara's attempt to recover, Alexandra kept her composure and became the youngest World Tour rankings leader in the history of professional bodyboarding.

2014 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival | Men's Final
Uri Valadao (BRA), 16.40 points def. Israel Salas (BRA), 15.75

2014 Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival | Women's Final
Alexandra Rinder (CNY), 16.15 points def. Sari Ohhara (JAP), 12.00