South African Iain Campbell is the winner of the 2018 Itacoatiara Pro. The current world champion dominated the last day of competition by sealing the only unanimous ten point ride of the event plus beat his compatriot Tristan Roberts to celebrate the title in Brazil for the first time. With the victory, Iain also takes the lead of the APB World Tour after the Arica and Itacoatiara Grand Slam events.
“It’s an incredible feeling to win in Brazil. Every time I come here I get a huge support from the Brazilians and this South American leg was very good for me. I have done great prep work in South Africa, with great support from my professional team who are with me me and this is just felt satisfying. Now it’s time to go home and rest before the Australian event”, said Iain Campbell.
At just 27, Iain has shown incredible performances in recent years. Of the eleven past events he attended, Iain made the podium in nine of them. In Itacoatiara, the South African surfed the only ten point wave of the competition in the semifinal against Frenchman Pierre-Louis Costes. “It was an incredible wave. When I came out of the barrel and saw the ramp I knew I could try something else and went for the reverse air”, he explains.
This was the first time in the APB World Tour history that two South Africans made the final. Champion of the events in Port Alfred (South Africa) and Antofagasta (Chile), Tristan Roberts reached his third final in 2018 and was pleased with the result. “Of course I wanted to be champion, but I’m happy to have finished in second against my great friend Iain. We live close to each other and sometimes we surf together. My year has been very consistent and I hope to keep the roll going in the next events”, said Tristan.
Semifinalists of the competition, Jared Houston (AFS) and Pierre-Louis Costes (FRA) made great campaigns throughout the event in Itacoatiara. Jared confirmed his dominace with a third place, repeating the Arica result, and Pierre also added another important result in the ranking after coming second in the Chilean stage of the World Tour.
Eder Luciano was the best Brazilian in the competition closing the race in fifth place. Maxime Castillo, Alan Munoz and Tanner McDaniel also finished the event in equal 5th position. Best Portuguese rider in the event was Dino Carmo who make it to the Round 2 (round of 16 riders).
Next Event on the APB Tour will be in Australia – The Kiama Bodyboard King Pro – from July 30 to August 9. Be there or be square!
Photography: Tony D´Andrea/Itacoatiara Pro
Results from the previous stop, in Arica (Chile), here.