In its seventh version the traditional Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival (ABF) premieres for the first time in its history the «status» of Grand Slam. This new category positions the traditional competition as one of the most important on the planet. Therefore, this 2019 the competition promises to be in the «red live», as the prizes and points for the world ranking increased compared to previous versions.
On the opening day, the first two rounds of «trial» were held, looking for the top eight, who will join the ranked in the top 24, leaving the main draw of the Open Pro category, with 32 competitors.
Arturo Soto, director of the ABF, expressed his satisfaction at the start of the tournament and was optimistic about the competition ahead. «We are very happy because on this first day we were accompanied by the waves and the weather. Athletes are very hopeful with the competition and that shows in the environment.»
Meanwhile, one of this year’s favorites, Brazilian Dudu Pedra, who also dedicated a few words regarding his expectations in the tournament. «I come to the ABF with great enthusiasm to make a good participation, I come from a second place on the date of the world tour in Brazil and I hope that these days the waves will accompany us to live up to expectations. The points that can be earned here are very important to all of us,» he said.
Among the outstanding scores of the day is that of Diego Cabrera of Canary Islands, who in the five manga of the second round, scored 17.65, the highest of the day, sporting a «backflip» and another combination of a «roll» plus «blackflip».
For this Friday 5, the competitors are quoted at 7:30 am, to continue the third round of the men’s «trial» and the start of the women category, where the 2018 champion, Japan’s Ayaka Suzuki, seeks to revalidate her title.