After a spectacular finish to both the Men’s & Women’s world titles in Nazaré last year, the 2019 APB world tour is once again shaping up as another landmark year for the sport.
After a few years off the radar the most notable inclusion is the return of the Pipeline contest in Hawaii.
Mike Stewart and his team have been able to secure one day at pipe that will accommodate 48 riders with a format still yet to be decided. The event will carry a 4-Star ranking on the QEST series with a possible trials event in the lead up to the 13-day waiting period window.
APB CEO Alex Leon explains: “It’s fantastic to see the return of this iconic event. It’s a perfect way to launch the new competition season and we’re all very excited to return to Hawaii”.
The waiting period for the main event will be February 24 through till March 8 with more details to follow. After Hawaii the South American leg looks like running a little later than last year.
Official dates are still being secured but the leg will begin in late June, kicking off with Itacoatiara in Brazil before heading to Chile for the triple-crown beginning with Antofagasta.
This year Arturo and his team will be staging their biggest event to date with more points & prizemoney than ever pushing the rankings for both men and women to the next level.
From there, the tour will head to Iquique for a brand-new men’s and women’s Qest event. Chilean superstar athlete Yoshua Toledo will be hosting the riders in his hometown and the event will be based at Punto Dos. With so many fantastic options available this event is sure to be very popular.
From there, the team will return to Arica for what was arguably the best Grand Slam event of 2018. There has been some major construction work done to Alacran island so riders will be greeted with a new-look venue for this iconic event. Due to construction the dates will be set in the following weeks.
From Chile the athletes will head back to Australia for another grand-slam event at Kiama and Shark Island. After being skunked by small waves in 2018, Australia will once again host a grand slam event on the south coast of New South Wales in August with Kiama as the hub of the event and Shark Island and Mystics as alternate locations.
After laying the platform last year, the 2019 contest is set to be bigger & better.
After Australia, the tour will then head to Europe for the final leg of 2019 starting with the worlds longest running professional body boarding competition in Sintra. As always this event will feature all four divisions. Sintra will begin in mid to late September and roll through to Viana & Nazaré (TBC) before landing in Morocco for a girls-only contest in October.
This will be the first time that a world tour event has been staged in Morocco with athletes and staff very excited to work with the eager locals.
The APB and the Fronton King event promoters have started discussions for a possible return of the Fronton King event in November but still in early negotiations stage and hopefully there is some positive news to come in the near future.
One off events will be held to decide the world title for drop-knee in Sintra and Pro Junior in Viana.
So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, the 2019 APB world tour is shaping up bigger and better than ever. Stay tuned for the final dates.
Event 1: Pipeline Pro, Hawaii, Feb 24 – Mar 8
Event 2: Itacoatiara Pro, Brazil, June 20 – 30
Event 3: Antofagasta BBF, Chile, July 5 – 14
Event 4: Iquique Open, Chile, July 16 – 21
Event 5: Arica Bodyboard Cultura, Chile, July 22 – 31
Event 6: Kiama Bodyboard King Pro, Australia, August 2 – 11
Event 7: Sintra Pro Portugal, Portugal, September 16 – 22
Event 8: Viana Pro, Portugal, September 24 – 30
Event 9: Morocco Womens, October 2 – 6
Event 10: Nazare Pro, Portugal, TBC October