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HISTORY: Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival

HISTORY: Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival

ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE-  Organized by local bodyboarder/promoter Arturo Soto, the Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival first appeared on the world tour schedule as part of the 2012 IBA (International Bodyboarding Association) Men's GQS. The Global Qualification Series was part of a two-tier system which fed up-and-coming competitors into the ranks of the top-tier GSS (Grand Slam Series).  In 2013, the ABF added the Women's division to the field of competition and has been on the Women's world tour schedule ever since.  2014 saw the transition of the world tour from IBA Party Ltd. to the APB (Association of Professional Bodyboarders), with Antofagasta remaining on the new world tour's schedule of events.  For the first three years of this event, competition was held at Playa La Cúpula before being relocated to Nilda Point with Budeo as a secondary mobile location in 2015. Another change that came with the 2015 edition of the ABF was the addition of the Pro Junior division.  In the inaugural season of the PJWT, Antofagasta was one of four events to help crown the APB's first Pro Junior champion.  In its first four years, the Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival has become a key stop on the world tour.  Here is a look at the history of ABF Champions:

2012 IBA GQS Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival:


2012 RESULTS:

Semifinal One:
1st- Alan Muñoz (Chile)
2nd- Uri Valadão (Brasil)

Semifinal Two:
1st- Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island)
2nd- Dave Hubbard (Hawaii)

Final:
1st- Amaury Lavernhe
2nd- Alan Muñoz

Amaury Lavernhe took top honors at the first edition of the Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival.


2012 Final Day Highlights:



IBA Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival 2013:


2013 MEN'S RESULTS:

Semifinal One:
1st- Pierre Louis Costes (France)
2nd- Magno Passos (Brasil)

Semifinal Two:
1st- Alex Uranga (Basque)
2nd- Helliton Loureiro (Brasil)

Final:
1st- Pierre Louis Costes
2nd- Alex Uranga

PLC walked away as the ABF 2013 Men's Champion.

2013 WOMEN'S RESULTS:

Semifinal One:
1st- Emma Cobb (Australia)
2nd- Lilly Pollard (Australia)

Semifinal Two:
1st- Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)
2nd- Paloma Freyggan (Chile)

Final:
1st- Emma Cobb
2nd- Alexandra Rinder

Emma Cobb came away victorious in the ABF 2013 Women's division.

2013 Final Day Highlights:



APB Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival 2014:


2014 MEN'S RESULTS:

Semifinal One:
1st- Uri Valadão (Brasil)
2nd- Eder Luciano (Brasil)

Semifinal Two:
1st- Israel Salas (Brasil)
2nd- Brahim Iddouch (Morocco)

Final:
1st- Uri Valadão
2nd- Israel Salas

Uri Valadão and Alexandra Rinder were crowned as event champions at ABF 2014.

2014 WOMEN'S RESULTS:

Semifinal One:
1st- Sari Ohhara (Japan)
2nd- Soraia Rocha (Brasil)

Semifinal Two:
1st- Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)
2nd- Isabela Sousa (Brasil)

Final:
1st- Alexandra Rinder
2nd- Sari Ohhara


2014 Final Day Highlights:



APB Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival 2015:


2015 MEN'S RESULTS:

Semifinal One:
1st- Sacha Damjanic (Chile)
2nd- Lewy Finnegan (Australia)

Semifinal Two:
1st- Uri Valadão (Brasil)
2nd- Iain Campbell (South Africa)

Consolation Final:
3rd- Iain Campbell
4th- Sacha Damjanic

Final:
1st- Lewy Finnegan
2nd-

ABF 2015 Champions Lewy Finnegan, Alexandra Rinder, and Socrates Santana.

2015 WOMEN'S RESULTS:

Semifinal One:
1st- Sari Ohhara (Japan)
2nd- Alexandra Rinder (Canary Islands)

Semifinal Two:
1st- Isabela Sousa (Brasil)
2nd- Aneis Velis (Chile)

Consolation Final:
3rd- Sari Ohhara
4th- Aneis Velis

Final:
1st- Alexandra Rinder
2nd- Isabela Sousa


2015 PRO JUNIOR RESULTS:

Semifinal One:
1st- Tanner McDaniel (Hawaii)
2nd- Nelson Flores (Chile)

Semifinal Two:
1st- Socrates Santana (Brasil)
2nd- Matheus Bastos (Brasil)

Final:
1st- Socrates Santana
2nd- Tanner McDaniel


2015 Final Day Highlights:





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