The opening day of the World Bodyboard Championship got underway in Viana do Castelo in Portugal today with Arda beach turning it on.
The day started with the Pro men’s trials and straight off the bat Brazilian Wiz-Kid Matheus Bastos posted a win and looked rock solid in the punchy 3-5 feet line up.
Other heat winners from round one of the trials included Kevin Orihuela & Daniel Quintana, Sammy Morretino & Mack Crilley &Gabriel Braga Brazil.
With the APB using the Stadium format only eight riders would be able to join the worlds best in the main event.
After two rounds the top 8 were as follows:
Gabriel Braga – Brazil
Kevin Orihuela – Canary Islands
Sammy Morretino – Hawaii
Alex Sebastian – Basque Country
Mack Crilley – Hawaii
Luke Kitchin – Sth. Africa
Daniel Quintana – Canary Islands
But the feel-good story of the day went to Frenchman Nicolas Capdeville who turned back the clock by finishing second in both heats to score a spot in tomorrow’s big show.
Nic was a former European champion and poster boy from the 90s and naughties and now has his two boys Ethan and Noah competing at this event with him.
This venue holds a very special place in Bodyboarding folklore history. Way back in ‘94 it was the first venue outside Pipe to be used to calculate the world championship, making it the birthplace of the professional bodyboard tour as we know it today.
The stadium format starts with three-person heats and first position skips through to round three whilst second and third place getters move into a man-on-man do-or-die second round.
Viana is also staging a round of the APB Pro junior series and a solid turnout created some interesting matchups.
The French connection of Txomin Lopes & Noah Capdeville both displayed style & power with clean lines and strong moves in the pocket.
South African wiz-kid Alex Nutt was also a standout performer and it’s easy to see why he is a multiple under 16 national champion back in Sth Africa.
After 4 heats of the Pro Junior the main event got underway and the big guns didn’t disappoint.
Diego Cabrera (Canary Islands) came out of the blocks firing to post a win and skip through to round three.
Other heat winners included Nazaré local Dino Carmo along with the Brazilian trio of Socrates Santana, Eder Luciano & Gabriel Braga.
Current ratings leader Iain Campbell continued his good run thru 2017 with a dominant performance in solid conditions featuring a huge air-rev and multiple high-impact moves on the outside sections.
Towards the end of this heat a sea mist rolled in and made judging virtually impossible so organisers decided to call it quits.
Overall day one in Viana it was a resounding success, great waves, awesome set up and the worlds best fired up to put on a show for tomorrow.