Tuesday, June 9, 2015

HISTORY: The Itacoatiara Pro

HISTORY: The Itacoatiara Pro

  The Itacoatiara Pro is an APB (Association of Professional Bodyboarders) world tour event.

  In its brief history, The Itacoatiara Pro has become a favorite destination for many bodyboarders on the world tour.  Located in Niterói (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil),  Praia de Itacoatiara has earned its reputation as one of the heaviest beach breaks in the world.  Boasting multiple peaks...Costão, Meio, and Pampo...big air sections, heavy barrels, and the ability to hold large swells, Itacoatiara is a perfect arena for high-performance bodyboarding.  In addition, the nature reserve and surrounding community make for an enjoyable stay.  With the quality of the waves, the local ambience, the professional efforts of event organizer Giuliano Lara to continually build this competition, and the extremely enthusiastic bodyboarding fans of Brazil, the Itacoatiara Pro has become a premiere event on the world tour.  Here's a look at the history of the event so far.

2012 IBA Itacoatiara Pro:

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

Event Champion:  Dave Winchester

2012 Final Day Highlights:

2013 GoPro IBA Itacoatiara Pro:

Final:  Jeff Hubbard (Hawaii) v. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)

Event Champion:  Amaury Lavernhe

2013 Final Day Highlights:

2014 APB Itacoatiara Pro:

Final:  Pierre Louis Costes (France) v. Jared Houston (South Africa)

Event Champion:  Jared Houston

2014 Final Day Highlights:

2015 APB Itacoatiara Pro Brazil:

Men's Final:  Uri Valadão (Brazil) v. Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) 

Event Champion:  Amaury Lavernhe

Pro Junior Final:  Matheus Bastos (Brazil) v. Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)

Pro Junior Event Champion:  Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)

2015 Final Day Highlights:

2016 Itacoatiara Pro Bodyboarding World Contest:

Men's Final:  Pierre Louis Costes (France) v. Alex Uranga (Basque)

Men's Event Champion:  Alex Uranga

Commentary host Manny Vargas interviewing Men's winner Alex Uranga.

Women's Final:  Ayaka Suzuki (Japan) v. Isabela Sousa (Brazil)

Women's Event Champion:  Isabela Sousa

Beach Reporter Paola Simão with Women's winner Isabela Sousa (yellow) and finalist Ayaka Suzuki (red).

Pro Junior Final:  Matheus Bastos (Brazil), Socrates Santana (Brazil), Cristian Tapia (Chile), Diego Gomes (Brazil)

Pro Junior Event Champion:  Diego Gomes

Pro Junior Awards Ceremony: (left to right) Matheus Bastos (4th), Socrates Santana (3rd), Cristian Tapia (2nd), and 2016 Itacoatiara Pro Junior Champion Diego Gomes.

2016 Final Day Highlights:

Most Men's Itacoatiara Finals Appearances:

Amaury Lavernhe- 2
Pierre Louis Costes- 2
Dave Winchester- 1
Guilherme Tâmega- 1
Jeff Hubbard- 1
Jared Houston- 1
Uri Valadão- 1
Alex Uranga- 1

Women's Final Appearances:

Isabela Sousa- 1
Ayaka Suzuki- 1

Pro Junior Finals Appearances:

Matheus Bastos- 2
Tanner McDaniel- 1
Socrates Santana- 1
Cristian Tapia- 1
Diego Gomes- 1

Most Men's Wins:

Amaury Lavernhe- 2
Dave Winchester- 1
Jared Houston- 1
Alex Uranga- 1

Women's Wins:

Isabela Sousa- 1

Pro Junior Wins:

Tanner McDaniel- 1
Diego Gomes- 1

For more information, please be sure to visit:

Itacoatiara Pro on Facebook

Official Itacoatiara Pro website

APB Tour on Facebook

Official APB Tour website

APB Tour on YouTube

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