Current APB rankings leader Jared Houston has put his world title chances in jeopardy after being knocked out of the Encanto Pro Cultura in dramatic circumstances yesterday.
The South African failed to progress through round six of the final stop of the world tour after a last minute wave by Jeff Hubbard put a dagger in his world title hopes.
The early exit was a shock for everyone on the beach, after Houston was regarded as the in-form rider of the contest, scoring a near perfect 19.10 out of a possible 20 points in his earlier heat.
Houston also scored the only 10 point ride of the contest so far with an excellent air forward to el rollo in his earlier heat.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in his heat, The 26-year-old seemed on course to progress through to round seven before Chilean grom Nelson Flores took the lead with a huge ARS.
Then in the dying stages, Jeff Hubbard managed to snare a last minute flip, which scored high from the judges, putting him into second place.
The early exit leaves three possible world title scenarios:
1: If Amaury Lavernhe wins his Round 7 Heat against Jacob Romero he will jump into lead. If he wins the Quarter finals, he will win his third APB World Championship!!!
3: If both Pierre Louis Costes and Amaury Lavernhe fail to advance from Round 7 then Jared Houston will become the new 2015 APB World Champion for the first time in his career.
The third day of the Encanto Pro Cultura was action packed with incredible waves and major upsets. “Middles” Beach finally woke up this morning delivering 4-6 feet waves and perfect air bowls.
Other outstanding performances from Antonio Cardoso (Portugal), Maxime Castillo (France), Diego Cabrera (Canary Islands) Silvano Lourenco (Portugal) and Iain Campbell (Sth Africa) all advancing through to Round 7 along with the World Number 2 & 3 Amaury Lavernhe (Reunion Island) and Pierre Louis Costes (France) still in contention to become the APB World Bodyboarding Champion of 2015.
Round 7 matchups for tomorrow are:
Heat 1: Antonio Cardoso vs Iain Campbell
Heat 2: Jose Otavio vs Uri Valadao
Heat 3: Diego Cabrera vs Jeff Hubbard
Heat 4: Nelson Flores vs Maxime Castillo
Heat 5: Lucas Nogueira vs Silvano Lourenco
Heat 6: Jacob Romero vs Amaury Lavernhe
Heat 7: Eder Luciano vs Sergio Luis
Heat 8: David Barbosa vs Pierre Louis Costes
Watch the live broadcast at www.apbtour.com/live tomorrow morning at 6:15am Puerto Rico time.