Jared Houston flips into ratings lead in Nazaré

South African eyes inaugural world title

South African superstar Jared Houston is now in the driver’s seat for his first ever APB World Bodyboarding Title after an impressive victory at the Nazaré Pro at the weekend.

Houston scored the best wave of the day in a star-studded final to claim his second event win on the tour this year, and move into the rankings lead ahead of Reunion Island’s Amaury Lavernhe.


Press release from APB Media:

The final day at Nazaré wasn’t exactly what everyone was hoping for when organizers were greeted with gale force winds and a sloppy one metre swell.

But as they say in showbiz, the show must go on so the riders and officials met to set the plan for what looked to be a difficult day.

First up were the Men’s quarterfinals and, despite the trashy conditions, the guys actually made it look ok.

Dave Hubbard (Hawaii) & Jared Houston (Sth Africa) both found some rare open faced waves and launched into the semi’s with lots of momentum.

In quarter two current world champion Amaury Laverhne (Reunion) dominated the line up as the swell slowly increased and moved into semi one with local hero Dino Carmo (Portugal)


South African Tristan Roberts boosted big in the third quarter and made it clear that his world pro junior championship was no fluke last year. Another of the inform Portuguese riders, Manual Centeno, joined him in semi two.

By the time the last quarter hit the water, an army of hard-core spectators were on hand to see French-born import Pierre Luis Costes explode into first place with his trademark backflip. The crowd cheered as Ricardo Rosmaninho (Portugal) scored the last spot in the semis.

The first semi featured the heavyweight world title frontrunners Amaury & Jared going blow for blow, leaving both Dino & Dubb tussling for scraps and keeping their 2015 campaigns intact.


The second was a disappointment for the locals with both Portuguese riders (Manual & Ricardo) being steamrolled by Tristan & PLC.

As the final hit the water the surf was pushing 3-4 feet and the contenders came out of the blocks big time.

Pierre & Amaury both started strong, but it soon because apparent that the Saffas were going to be battling out for first with superior wave selection and mature riding in tricky random peaks.

Jared scored the best wave of the final (9.50) and despite several attempts by Tristan to score a 7.76, it was Houston’s day.

Right from the get go, Jared Houston looked focused and hungry for the title in Nazaré.

He has been in world title contention a few times before, but this year has a steely determination of someone that won’t let the opportunity slip again.


Jerry was chaired up the beach by his mates in front of a huge crowd and put himself one step closer to achieving his dream.

After the final the crowd went back to the high performance and a presentation was made to the Men and women’s finalists by the Mayor of Nazaré Walter Chicharro.

To end his speech Walter said.

“I’m happy to say that we have signed a further 4-year contract with APB to stage the championship in Nazaré.”

This brought a huge cheer from the crowd and with the 2015 Nazaré Pro was in the bag.

APB Operations manager Teza Mckenna summed it up.

“The town of Nazaré has shown its love for the sport and despite the fact that we didn’t get the big waves that it’s famous for, we did show the world that its an excellent small wave destination for the average enthusiasts. We will be back next year.”


Overall it was an amazing effort from the Team at Nazaré as Praia Do Norte is a baron back-beach that proved to be a logistical hurdle that only they could jump.

Many thanks to Choose clothing and New wave store for their support and to all of the people that pulled together to make it a success.

The APB Title race has never been tighter as it heads towards the Encanto Pro Puerto Rico with Jared Houston now leading the pack.

Here’s the new top 10 after Nazaré.