IBA Arica, Chile

Today was the last free surf day before the opening window for the 5th IBA world tour event with all the top riders already in Arica, Chile.

The competitors warming up had a heavy training day at El Gringo, the spot where the competition will take place.

The waves were awesome, constantly pumping all the morning, with super heavy tubes.

Today was the final day for the riders check in. The Brazilians are in force at the event, with over 17 competitors in the draw.

There is a strong swell forecast for this Friday and the first round might happen.

All riders must attend the check in at 7:15 at El Gringo. Later today we will post all the seedings and heats.

Uri Valadao

Uri Valadao (BRA) and Isabella Sousa (BRA) have won the IBA Rio das Ostras 2008, the fourth stop of the World Bodyboarding Championship.

The final day at Rio Das Ostras was amazing. Big crowds and the world's best combining to make a great spectacle.

Congratulations to Uri Valadao and Isabella Sousa for their great victories and to all the riders and officials that made it such a professional event.

They have conquered 1.000 precious points for the overall ranking. The tour is now heading to Arica, Chile.

Rio das Ostras Pro final results:

Male Final

1- Uri Valadão (BRA) 16,50 x 14,15 Francirley Ferreira (BRA)

Female Final

1 – Isabela Sousa (BRA) 14,50 x 12,75 Eunate Aguirre (ESP)

English National Tag Team Bodyboard Championships

The first was held at Fistral on Sunday 27th of July. Sponsored by Rob Barber's Bodyboarding School, teams were attracted from west Cornwall, Plymouth and three teams from Newquay.

While the waves were a little small (in the two foot region) for the bodyboarders to launch into any real aerobatic moves there was some technical riding with stand outs being Ex British Champions Joe Franklin and Bjorn Storey.

The final saw the team representing The Chy Bar battle it out with the Rob Barber's Bodyboarding School's team.

After the first riders from each team had left the water the Bodyboard School team took the lead with Aidan Salmon winning the exchange with a good spin roll combo. Rob Barber and Joe Franklin built on the lead and Bjorn Storey closed the deal with a double whammy ride of 6 points.

Head Judge Sam Buckle commented "It was a great turn out and the contestants were in great spirits, for the first time we have a national tag teams champion, we're looking to build on the event and make it even bigger next year."

The results were
1. Rob Barber's Bodyboarding School
2. The Chy Bar
3. Kernow Bodyboarding
4. Sunset Surf

The full schedule for the 2018 European Skimboarding Cup (ESC) has been released.