Monday, October 5, 2015

NEWS SPECIAL: 2015 APB Tour Heads to Puerto Rico For Season Finale

NEWS SPECIAL: 2015 APB Tour Heads to Puerto Rico For Season Finale


  MIDDLES, ISABELA, PUERTO RICO-  After wrapping up it's European leg and crowning Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) as the Drop Knee World Tour Champion and Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands) as the Women's World Tour Champion for 2015, the APB (Association of Professional Bodyboarders) sets it's sites on the season finale.  The Encanto Pro Cultura 2015 (November 4th-15th) will set the stage for the world tour's top competitors to battle it out and crown world champions for both the Men's World Tour and the Pro Junior World Tour.


  MWT:  Jared Houston (South África) scored his second win of the 2015 season at the Nazaré Pro in Portugal (September 29th- October 4th), and has the hot hand going into the season finale...not to mention the points lead.

South African Jared Houston after his second win of the year at the Nazaré Pro in Portugal.
Photo: APB Media

  Jerry's path to a world title, though, is by no means going to be a cake walk.  He still has to contend with 2x Defending World Champion Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island), who currently sits in 2nd place, only 36 points behind in the standings.  If by some strange occurrence Jerry and Moz should both falter at Middles, 2011 World Champion Pierre Louis Costes (France) is sitting in 3rd waiting to strike.  No matter how things play out, the chase for the Men's world title is going to be interesting.  We've seen epic battles between these competitors time and time again.  The Finale in Puerto Rico should prove to be no different, only this time it will be for a world title!

The 2015 APB MWT Points Standings going into Puerto Rico.

PJWT:  The first full season of the APB Pro Junior World Tour has been an absolute revelation for the sport of bodyboarding.  Prior to the start of the season, many people in the world of bodyboarding unofficially crowned Hawaiian Supergrom Tanner McDaniel as heir-apparent to the Pro Junior world title.  He has, without a doubt, lived up to the billing.  Winning the first PJWT event of the year, the Itacoatiara Pro Brazil, Tanner has held the #1 ranking all season long.  What many people might not have expected is the level of competition Tanner would face, and the overall level of performance from this field of young riders.  Going into the season finale, McDaniel is in the driver's seat but he has a pack of hungry Brazilians trying to chase him down.  Sócrates Santana, Matheus Bastos, and David Barbosa are all still in the hunt for the Pro Junior title.  Don't be surprised if this title chase goes down to the very last second.  None of these kids are going to concede until the very end!  Here are the points standings, after the first 3 events, for the PJWT contenders going into Puerto Rico:

1. Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)- 2590 points
2. Sócrates Santana (Brazil)- 2460 points
3. Matheus Bastos (Brazil)- 2450 points
4. David Barbosa (Brazil)- 2110 points


Tanner McDaniel won the first stop on the 2015 PJWT, and holds the lead with one contest to go.
Photo: APB Media

Stay tuned to www.apbtour.com for all of the latest news, updates, official press releases, photo galleries, vídeo highlights, and LIVE WEBCAST COVERAGE.  Also, stay right here with Bodyboarding 101 for continuing bodyboard coverage and special "Behind The Scenes" photos from Puerto Rico!

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Encanto Pro official website
Encanto Pro Cultura 2015 on Facebook
SeePuertoRico.com
APB Tour on Facebook




See you all in Puerto Rico...YEEEWWW!!!

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

CURRENT EVENTS: Bodyboarding News

IN THIS EDITION: Jared Houston and Ayaka Suzuki Win at Nazaré Pro, Mayor of Nazaré Announces 4-Year Contract with APB, Alexandra Rinder Wins 2015 WWT Title, Sintra Portugal Pro Results, Dave Hubbard Wins 7th DKWT Title, Tahara Pro Japan Results.


JARED HOUSTON & AYAKA SUZUKI WIN AT NAZARÉ PRO


   PRAIA DO NORTE, NAZARÉ, PORTUGAL-  Jared Houston (South África) has won the Men's Pro and Ayaka Suzuki (Japan) has won the Women's Pro at the inaugural running of the Nazaré Pro in Portugal.

For the full story, please read the official press releases:

Jared Houston Flips Into Ratings Lead in Nazaré
Ayaka Suzuki Wins Nazaré

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB Tour official website
APB Tour on Facebook


MAYOR OF NAZARÉ ANNOUNCES 4-YEAR CONTRACT WITH APB


  PRAIA DO NORTE, NAZARÉ, PORTUGAL-  During closing ceremonies at the 2015 APB Nazaré Pro, Mayor Walter Chicharro announced the signing of a 4-year contract with the APB, solidifying the legendary Praia do Norte as a destination for the bodyboarding world tour for years to come.  In addressing the competitors and crowd of fans, Mayor Chicharro said, “I’m happy to say that we have signed a further 4 year contract with APB to stage the championship in Nazaré.”  Expanding on the mayor's comments, Operations Manager for the APB Terry McKenna added, “The town of Nazaré has shown its love for the sport and despite the fact that we didn’t get the big waves that it’s famous for, we did show the world that its an excellent small wave destination for the average enthusiasts. We will be back next year.”

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB Tour official website
APB Tour on Facebook


ALEXANDRA RINDER WINS 2015 WWT TITLE


  PRAIA DO NORTE, NAZARÉ, PORTUGAL-  Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands) has won the 2015 APB Women's World Tour.  She is now a 2x World Champion at the age of 17.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Alexandra Rinder Athlete Page on Facebook
APB Tour official website
APB Tour on Facebook


SINTRA PORTUGAL PRO 2015 RESULTS


  PRAIA GRANDE, SINTRA, PORTUGAL-  Here are the final results for the Men's, Women's, Drop Knee, and Pro Junior divisions at the 2015 APB Sintra Portugal Pro.


(MEN'S FINAL)
1. Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2. Iain Campbell (South África)


(WOMEN'S FINAL)
1. Jessica Becker (Brazil)
2. Sari Ohhara (Japan)


(DK FINAL)
1. Dave Hubbard (Hawaii)
2. Martin Mouradian (Guadeloupe)


(PRO JUNIOR FINAL)
1. David Barbosa (Brazil)
2. Matheus Bastos (Brazil)

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Sintra Portugal Pro official website
Sintra Portugal Pro on Facebook
APB Tour official website
APB Tour on Facebook


DAVE HUBBARD WINS 7TH DKWT TITLE


  PRAIA GRANDE, SINTRA, PORTUGAL-  With his win at the 2015 APB Sintra Portugal Pro, Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) has become 7x Drop Knee World Champion.

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Dave Hubbard Athlete Page on Facebook
Hubboards official website
Hubboards on Facebook
APB Tour official website
APB Tour on Facebook


TAHARA PRO JAPAN 2015 WWT RESULTS

Sari Ohhara took the win at the Tahara Pro.

 TAHARA, JAPAN-  Here are the final results from the 2015 APB Tahara Pro Japan WWT event.

(WOMEN'S FINAL)
1. Sari Ohhara (Japan)
2. Nao Nagai (Japan)

For the full story, please read the official press release:

Sari Ohhara Wins Tahara Pro

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB Tour official website
APB Tour on Facebook


  That's all the News for now.  Until the next time, I'm Steve "Action" Jackson.  I'll see you out in the water...YEEEWWW!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

BEHIND THE SCENES: 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge

BEHIND THE SCENES: 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge



  Here is a quick look behind the scenes at the 2015 APB Arica Chilean Challenge (July 17th-27th).

2011 World Champion Pierre Louis Costes and Steve "Action" Jackson during a layover at Santiago International Airport, on their way to Arica, Chile.

Inside the commentary booth at the 2015 Arica Chliean Challenge.

The main tower at the 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge.

Hanging out with Australian legend Ryan Hardy in the competitor's área.

Chinchorro cultural dance performance at a welcoming party for ACC 2015.

The judges huddled up in the judge's booth for a group discussion.

Morocco's Brahin Iddouch, Antônio Cardoso from Portugal, and 2x World Champion Amaury Lavernhe.

Hawaiian Tanner McDaniel signing an autograph for one of his fans.

South African Jared Houston signing autographs in the competitor's área.

Hawaiian Jacob Romero taking time for a photo with one of his Chilean fans.

"Webcast Booth Selfie"...Begoña Martinez and Steve "Action" Jackson.

Iain Campbell (South África), Lewy Finnegan (Austrália), Jared Houston (South África), Jacob Romero (Hawaii), Alex Leon (Austrália), 9x World Champion Mike Stewart, and Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii) after a session at El Buey in Arica.


RECAP: 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge

RECAP: 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge


A Men' World Tour & Women's World Tour event
July 17th-27th 2015
Flopos, Arica, Chile


(Day #1 Higfhlights)



(Day #2 Highlights)



(Day #3 Highlights)



(Day #4 Highlights)



(Day #5 Highlights)



(Best Moments- Round V)



(Women's Highlights)



(Finals Highlights)



(Best Moments of ACC 2015)



RESULTS:


(Men's)
1. Jared Houston (South África)
2. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)
3. Diego Cabrera (Canary Islands)
4. Jose Otavio (Brazil)


(Women's)
1. Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)
2. Isabela Sousa (Brazil)
3. Neymara Carvalho (Brazil)
4. Paloma Freyggan (Chile)

For more information about the 2015 APB Arica Chilean Challenge, please be sure to visit:

APB Tour official website

APB Tour on Facebook

Arica Chilean Challenge on Facebook


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BEHIND THE SCENES: 2015 Itacoatiara Pro

BEHIND THE SCENES: 2015 Itacoatiara Pro



  Here's a quick look behind the scenes at the 2015 APB Itacoatiara Pro Brazil.

Portugal's Miguel Adão at Rider Check-In.

Fernanda Abreu (Event Coordinator for Niteroi's Secretary of Sports and Leisure) meeting with Itacoatiara Pro Event Organizer/Promoter Giuliano Lara prior to the start of competition.

Hanging out at SGA Toyota for the Itacoatiara Pro Opening Party.  I want this car!

The APB's Alex Leon on the beach at the Itacoatiara Pro for an interview with Bianca Medeiros from Canal Woohoo.

APB judges and event staff.

The Itacoatiara Pro commentary team, Paola Simão and Steve "Action" Jackson.

"Commentary Booth Selfie"...The Tanner Grom & "Action" Jackson show...LOL!

Itacoatiara Pro Junior competitor Matheus Bastos and 2000 Men's World Champion Paulo Barcellos.

Getting ready to go live...smile for the camera!

inside the commentary booth at the Itacoatiara Pro with Paola Simão and Steve "Action" Jackson.  Welcome to our "office!"

In the commentary booth with former Brazilian Olympic Handball player and current Secretary of Sports and Leisure in Niterói Bruno Souza.

A few members of "The Squad"...Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii), Iain Campbell (South África), and Lewy Finnegan (Austrália)...clownin' in the competitors área.


RECAP: 2015 Itacoatiara Pro Brazil

RECAP: 2015 Itacoatiara Pro Brazil



July 2nd-July 12th, 2015

(2015 Itacoatiara Pro Teaser Trailer)


(2015 Itacoatiara Pro Wild Cards)



(Day One Highlights)



(Day Two Highlights)



(Day Three Highlights)



(Day Four Highlights)



RESULTS:

Moz wins the Itacoatiara Pro for the second time in three seasons! Photo: APB Media

(Men's Pro)
1. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)
2. Uri Valadão (Brazil)
3. Kalani Lattanzi (Brazil)
4. Antônio Cardoso (Portugal)

Tanner McDaniel claims victory at the first event of the 2015 Pro Junior World Tour. Photo: APB Media

(Pro Junior)
1. Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)
2. Matheus Bastos (Brazil)
=3. Sócrates Santana (Brazil)
=3. Gabriel Oliveira (Brazil)


*SPECIAL MOMENT:  At the conclusion of the 2015 Itacoatiara Pro Brazil, 6x World Champion Guilherme Tâmega officially announced his retirement from full-time competition on the world tour.

GT retires. Photo: APB Media

For more information, please be sure to visit:

APB Tour official website

APB Tour on Facebook

Itacoatiara Pro official website

Itacoatiara Pro on Facebook