Monday, May 23, 2011

Arica Update #2

The final day of the Arica Chilean trials was contested at El Gringo this morning with the top 7 riders securing a birth in the main event.
The morning started with some smaller but cleaner 3-5 feet waves as an early offshore groomed the waves into perfect peaks.
The trials were used to showcase a new 4-man priority system that would see less hassling and more focus on getting the best riders on the best waves.
IBA World Tour manager Terry McKenna explains.
“ This was driven by the riders that wanted a system that would be user friendly and make sure that no waves were wasted by excess jostling in the line-up, and it worked perfectly”

First up was the semi finals of the trials and the main mission of the remaining competitors was to get the 2000 GQS points on offer as well as steer clear of 8th position, as this was the only spot that would not be going through to the main event.
Semi 1 was a heavy exchange between 4 of the most consistent competitors in the event going at it with Jones Russell (Aust) & Charly Chapelet (Reunion) proving too strong for the South American trio of Roberto Bruno (Brazil) and Emiliano Tabre (Argentina).
The second semi was a battle of the heavy hitters with the Australian duo of Mitch Rawlins and Tom Rigby sneaking past the two locals Alan Munoz (Chile) and Renato Arellano (Chile) to set up a predominately Australian final.
The event will be web-cast at and
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When the contest is off, fans can have fun playing the wave of the event on YouRiding BODYBOARDING online game
The link to the game is