Chilean Danton Correa (above) knows what’s up. With close to 120 trialists putting it all on the line to make it through to the main rounds of the Arica Chilean Challenge Danton’s going to need all the practice waves he can get!
All Photos // IBA/Specker
TRIALS SET TO GO
Arica, Chile (Thursday May 17, 2012)
Today’s press conference officially kicked off the 2012 IBA Stealth Arica Chilean Challenge, hosting the largest field of competitors ever to compete in the trials of an IBA GSS event. With over 100 riders in the trials draw, event organisers have set aside four days to complete the trials and decide the top six riders who will secure their slot in the 32 man GSS event. The strong Chilean contingent along side other South American riders from Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela will be standing their ground against Hawaiians, Australians, French, Basque, Portuguese, South Africans and riders from as far as Morocco and Reunion. Event organizers are expecting to start competition at 7:30 am. With a flurry of big swells expected throughout the waiting the 2012 IBA Stealth Arica Chilean Challenge presented by BSC is bound to be action packed.
A riders meeting will be held at the event site at 7am daily to make the call and allow all riders to review the judging criteria.
*”Oh man… as you can tell this massive swell got me too amped! So it’s imperative that I correct myself (0:34 second mark) with this first comment… PIERRE LOUIS COSTES is your current world title holder. GT is your 2011 Arica Chilean Challenge defending champ. Stay tuned for the first day of competition and you’ll see why I’m going crazy!” – Manny Vargas