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 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
APB Tour on Facebook

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

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