Guilherme Tâmega

The final day of Cobra D’Água Bodyboarding Show Bahia 2009 took place in better conditions than yesterday, but the wind and rain made life difficult for the riders. The waves were bigger than yesterday (3-4 ft) and the crowd filled Armação Beach.

Guilherme Tâmega and Eunate Aguirre won the event and now both are leading the IBA World Ranking. Guilherme defeated Eder Luciano from Brazil while Eunate defeated Mayllae Venturin.

The day started with the Men's quarter finals and the heats were amazing. Uri Valadão and Eder Luciano had a great fight on water and in the end Eder found a good wave to turn on the heat and make it into semifinal.

After the girls surfed the semifinals to decide the finalists on event. In first semi Eunate defeated Jéssica Bekcer and in second Neymara Carvalho lost to Maylla Venturin.

In the mens semifinals Guilherme won against Fabio Rodrigues and Eder Luciano had a great performance to beat Luis Villar.

Eunate and Maylla made the final on Armação Beach. Eunate, the new leader of IBA World Circuit, got two good waves and Maylla didn’t found a second wave. “I’m so happy, it’s impossible describe what I’m feeling right now. I know that there are more events but now I want celebrate my victory”, said Eunate

The last heat of event was the most incredible. Guilherme Tâmega had announced his retirement a couple of weeks ago got a 10 after a perfect barrel in difficult conditions. Also, Tâmema made the highest score on event, 16.50, and was crowned the great champion.

“This is incredible to win in my country. Definitely I won’t stop, I’ll go to Arica. I’m so happy to win here, this is a great day. When I saw that wave I knew that something good was happening”, said the current #1.

Now the next stage on IBA World Tour will be in Arica, Chile. The best riders will compete the second Grand Slam of the year.

Ira Rodrigues in the 2009 Cobra D'Água Bodyboarding Show

On Friday the conditions were worst than previous days due to the strong onshore wind that blowing during the entire day in Armação Beach. The waves were smaller than yesterday and the riders found conditions to be difficult.

Once more the Brazilians dominated the event and will fill the majority in females quarterfinals and round 4 (Top 16) on males event.

The day started with the round 16 of WWT and the leaders of IBA World Tour won their heats. Eunate Aguirre and Neymara Carvalho are leading the girls with great performances.

Zulu Martinez, from Brazil, was the best rider today. He won a great heat and got a 9,5 after a good right that ended with a backflip. “I’m so happy to keep pushing hard and win heats here. Now I’ll meet the top 16 and I’m prepared”, said Zulu.

Mike Stewart arrived in Salvador today and the Brazilians supporters gathered at Armação Beach to meet their idol. Mike talked with a lot of fans and after the 9 x world champion answered a lot of questions from Brazilian Press, in a huge conference.

Tomorrow the Hawaiian will debute in the event in round 4 with the other top 16 seeds. The organizers are expecting better waves for this Saturday and a huge crowd will be on hand to see the worlds best in action.

A call will happen at 7:30 (local time) and the contest should start at 8 AM. The schedule for tomorrow is: Round 4 (Men), Women Quarter final, and Round 5 (Men).

Cobra d'Água Bodyboarding Show

On Thursday the girls debuted at Cobra D’Água Bodyboarding Show Bahia 2009. The event, that distributes US$ 35.000 and 1000 points on IBA World Ranking, happened today with some wind and difficult conditions on Armação Beach.

The current #1 of WWT Neymara Carvalho had some difficult moments in her heat but in the end she got two good waves to win. “The conditions are very difficult here, but I found good waves and I'm so happy to progress”, said. “Now only two girls will be on water and this is better for me because I will have more time to choose good waves”, finished Neymara.

Eunate Aguirre also got a good performance in Bahia. “The conditions are not so good but I keep focus and got two good waves to win. I'm very relaxed now that I can have a good result here in Brazil”, said

The men contested the second round (trials) and the Brazilians filled the majority on heats. Only two foreign riders, Dan Worley (USA) and Angelo Freda (VEN), had a good result and moved on the third round.

The next call happen at 8 AM (local time) and the organizers are expecting good waves for Friday. The top-16 will debut only on Saturday .

Schedule for Friday

Men – 3rd Round

Women – Round of 16

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