ISA World Bodyboard Champs
International Surfing Association
Punta 1, Iquique, Chile
6 - 14 December 2014
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Brazil’s Eder Luciano earned the event's first Perfect 10 | espanol
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 December, 2014 - The 2012 and 2013 ISA Gold Medalist, Brazil’s Eder Luciano, earned the first perfect 10 of the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship in excellent waves in Iquique, Chile. Despite falling to the Repechage rounds, the ISA World Bodyboard Champion is fighting with all his might to reach the Grand Final.
Day 4 of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship has reached its most critical stages. Every heat counts to gain the most possible points and earn the coveted World Team Champion trophy plus a spot on the podium for the individual medals.
After four days of competition, the host country, Chile, is holding on to the first position as the only team with all its competitors in the event. Peru is following close behind in second, Portugal in third, and France and South Africa are tied for fourth.
The surf conditions in Iquique were the best the competition has witnessed so far. The world-class wave at Punta 1 ranged from 4-7ft with some larger sets, allowing for deep barrel rides and critical aerial maneuvers. The swell is expected to peak on Thursday that will send waves up to 8ft tall, resulting in another exciting day of competition.
Chile's Paloma Freyggang © ISA/Gonzalez
“We have had great surf every day in Iquique during the ISA World Bodyboard Championship, but today was absolutely amazing. We even witnessed the event’s first perfect ride,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “With the conditions only getting bigger and better, the road to finals is looking very exciting.”
Day 4 featured a mix of Main Event and Repechage heats in the Open Men’s, Open Women’s, Junior U-18, and Dropknee divisions.
In Dropknee, the Chilean Michel Copetta was once again the standout in the division. After earning two individual waves of 9.33 and 6.87, for a heat total of 16.20, the local advanced to the next Main Event Round alongside Venezuela’s Angelo Freda (9.37), and sent Puerto Rico’s Javier Cruzado (7.43) to Repechage.
The Boys Under 18 Division Main Event Round 2 saw a tie in the highest total heat scores. Portugal’s Miguel Adao and Brazil’s Socrates Santana both earned a 14.83 in their respective heats and advanced, and are now just one heat away from the Final.
Storm Prestwich © ISA/Gonzalez
In the Open Women’s, the Chilean Paloma Freyggang, who made an uncharacteristic mistake in her first heat of the event, earning a double interference, advanced in first with a total heat score of 11.00, alongside Ecuador’s Andrea Monteverde, who earned a 9.17. Argentina’s Adriana Araujo was eliminated from the competition after placing third with a total score of 4.40.
The day closed with Round 2 of Open Women’s Main Event, where Venezuela’s Yuleiner Gonzales posted the highest score of the event, a 17.50 and continues to push women’s bodyboarding to the limits. The Venezuelan defeated defending Gold Medalist Neymara Carvalho (10.10) from Brazil and South Africa’s Pamela Bowren (9.00).
For a full list of today’s results, click here
The 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship resumes Thursday at 7:40am (local time) in Iquique, Chile, with The Morning Show hosted by Philip Muller featuring Team South Africa.
Competition will feature:
8:00am Open Men’s – Main Event 4
8:40am Open Women’s– Main Event 4
9:00am Dropknee – Main Event 4
9:20am Junior U-18 Boys – Main Event 3
9:40am Open Men’s – Repechage 5
10:20am Junior U-18 Boys – Repechage 2
11:00am Dropknee – Repechage 2
11:40am Open Women’s– Repechage 2
12:20pm Open Men’s – Main Event 5
12:40pm Junior U-18 Girls – Main Event 2
1:00pm Open Men’s – Repechage 6