The Brazilian leg of the IBA World Tour kicks off in playful conditions.
The 2013 Itacoatiara Pro is officially underway, with the trials wrapping up in fun three to four foot conditions. Unsurprisingly the Brazilian riders dominated the trials, with five out of eight semi-finalists representing brazil. Local Lucas Nogueira managed to secure the final with a score of 13.4, narrow edging out South African Iain Campbell who finished with a 13.21. Finishing third and fourth respectively were Brazilian Nicholas Bastos and Canary Islands rider Diego Cabrera.
All shots and draws courtesy of IBA and Guilherme Mangas Photography.
Lucas was stoked to have taken out the trials in his homeland, telling the IBA “I need one more good result. My focus this year is to get back on the GSS.” Iain was also flying high, saying that “I’m so stoked. I had great support on the beach, these guys are doing such a good job here. I can’t wait to compete tomorrow.”
Following the completion of the trials the GSS main event kicked off in similar conditions, with Sacha Specker, Amaury Lavernhe, Jeff Hubbard and Pierre-Louis Costes all off to great starts. Reigning Riptide Peer Poll champion Dave Winchester got off to an unlucky start, his 12.53 only landing third place to a high-scoring Spex and Lucas Nogueira. A 13.91 in the second round however was more than enough to keep him in the competition, along with high-scoring efforts from Brazilian Joao Zik and Chilean rider Alan Munoz.
With round three coming up along with a considerable rise in swell, we should be in for some great action as the Itacoatiara Pro moves on towards the make-or-break end of the competition! Stick with Riptide for updates at the competition kicks on. The link you need to stream the event live (when possible) is right HERE.