Wednesday, June 10, 2015

HISTORY: The Arica Chilean Challenge

HISTORY: The Arica Chilean Challenge 2004-2015

  The Arica Chilean Challenge is an APB (Association of Professional Bodyboarders) world tour event.


   Over the past decade-plus, the Arica Chilean Challenge has become a staple event for bodyboarding.  With consistent waves, almost on a daily basis, El Gringo (known as Flopos to the locals) is one of the most reliable contest venues on the world tour, providing powerful lefts and rights on a yearly basis. The close proximity of El Gringo to land, along with a pair of bleacher sections sitting right in front of the break, make the man-made peninsula of Ex-Isla Alacran the ultimate amphitheatre for both the local Chilean bodyboard community as well as visiting spectators.  The Arica Chilean Challenge has established a reputation, over the years, for its heated battles during competition in which competitors continually push the envelope of what is possible on a bodyboard.  Here is a complete list of event finalists and event champions, along with vídeo highlights for each year.


2004

Final: Ryan Hardy (Australia) v. Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii)

Event Champion: Ryan Hardy



2005

Final: Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) v. Cesar Bauer (Peru)

Event Champion: Jeff Hubbard



2006

Final: Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) v. Guilherme Tâmega (Brazil)

Event Champion: Jeff Hubbard



2007

Final: Ben Player (Australia) v. Manuel Centeno (Portugal)

Event Champion: Ben Player



2008

Final: Guilherme Tâmega (Brazil) v. Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii)

Event Champion: Guilherme Tâmega



2009

Final: Mike Stewart (Hawaii) v. Dave Hubbard (Hawaii)

Event Champion: Mike Stewart



2010

Final: Dave Winchester (Australia) v. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)

Event Champion: Dave Winchester



2011

Final: Guilherme Tâmega (Brazil) v. Dave Winchester (Australia)

Event Champion: Guilherme Tâmega



2012

Final: Dave Winchester (Australia) v. Guilherme Tâmega (Brazil)

Event Champion: Dave Winchester



2013

Final: Ben Player (Australia) v. Dave Winchester (Australia)

Event Champion: Ben Player



2014

Final: Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) v. Pierre Louis Costes (France)

Event Champion: Amaury Lavernhe



2015

Men's Grand Final: Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) v. Jared Houston (South África)

Men's Event Champion: Jared Houston



Women's Grand Final: Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands) v. Isabela Sousa (Brazil)

Women's Event Champion: Alexandra Rinder



2016

Men's Grand Final:  Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) v. Iain Campbell (South Africa)

Men's Event Champion:  Iain Campbell


Women's Grand Final:  Sari Ohhara (Japan) v. Isabela Sousa (Brazil)

Women's Event Champion: Isabela Sousa


Pro Junior Final:  Joaquin Soto (Chile), Socrates Santana (Brazil), Hamed Cofre (Chile), Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)

Pro Junior Event Champion:  Tanner McDaniel



Most Men's Finals Appearances:

Jeff Hubbard- 4
Guilherme Tâmega- 4
Dave Winchester- 4
Amaury Lavernhe- 4
Ben Player- 2
Ryan Hardy- 1
Cesar Bauer- 1
Manuel Centeno- 1
Mike Stewart- 1
Dave Hubbard- 1
Pierre Louis Costes- 1
Jared Houston- 1
Alexandra Rinder- 1
Iain Campbell- 1

Women's Finals Appearances:

Isabela Sousa- 2
Alexandra Rinder- 1
Sari Ohhara- 1

Pro Junior Finals Appearances:

Tanner McDaniel- 1
Hamed Cofre- 1
Socrates Santana- 1
Joaqin Soto- 1


Most Men's ACC Wins:

Jeff Hubbard- 2
Guilherme Tâmega- 2
Dave Winchester- 2
Ben Player- 2
Ryan Hardy- 1
Mike Stewart- 1
Amaury Lavernhe- 1
Jared Houston- 1
Iain Campbell- 1

Most Women's ACC Wins:

Alexandra Rinder- 1
Isabela Sousa- 1

Most Pro Junior ACC Wins:

Tanner McDaniel- 1


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