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Day 4 Of The ISA World Bodyboard Championship Reaches Its Critical Stages With Incredible Bodyboarding Conditions

With today’s incredible surf conditions, the defending Gold Medalist, Brazil’s Eder Luciano, earned the first Perfect 10 of the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship in Iquique, Chile. ISA/Rommel Gonzales

South Africa’s Storm Prestwich took advantage of the great waves on offer, found a deep barrel, and is one step closer to the Grand Final. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

The 2012 and 2013 ISA Gold Medalist, Brazil’s Eder Luciano, earned the first perfect 10 of the 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship in excellent waves in Iquique, Chile. Despite falling to the Repechage rounds, the ISA World Bodyboard Champion is fighting with all his might to reach the Grand Final.

Day 4 of the ISA World Bodyboard Championship has reached its most critical stages. Every heat counts to gain the most possible points and earn the coveted World Team Champion trophy plus a spot on the podium for the individual medals.

After four days of competition, the host country, Chile, is holding on to the first position as the only team with all its competitors in the event. Peru is following close behind in second, Portugal in third, and France and South Africa are tied for fourth.

The surf conditions in Iquique were the best the competition has witnessed so far. The world-class wave at Punta 1 ranged from 4-7ft with some larger sets, allowing for deep barrel rides and critical aerial maneuvers. The swell is expected to peak on Thursday that will send waves up to 8ft tall, resulting in another exciting day of competition.

“We have had great surf every day in Iquique during the ISA World Bodyboard Championship, but today was absolutely amazing. We even witnessed the event’s first perfect ride,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “With the conditions only getting bigger and better, the road to finals is looking very exciting.”

Day 4 featured a mix of Main Event and Repechage heats in the Open Men’s, Open Women’s, Junior U-18, and Dropknee divisions.

In Dropknee, the Chilean Michel Copetta was once again the standout in the division. After earning two individual waves of 9.33 and 6.87, for a heat total of 16.20, the local advanced to the next Main Event Round alongside Venezuela’s Angelo Freda (9.37), and sent Puerto Rico’s Javier Cruzado (7.43) to Repechage.

Chile’s Michel Copetta. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

The Boys Under 18 Division Main Event Round 2 saw a tie in the highest total heat scores. Portugal’s Miguel Adao and Brazil’s Socrates Santana both earned a 14.83 in their respective heats and advanced, and are now just one heat away from the Final.

In the Open Women’s, the Chilean Paloma Freyggang, who made an uncharacteristic mistake in her first heat of the event, earning a double interference, advanced in first with a total heat score of 11.00, alongside Ecuador’s Andrea Monteverde, who earned a 9.17. Argentina’s Adriana Araujo was eliminated from the competition after placing third with a total score of 4.40.

Chile’s Paloma Freyggang. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

The day closed with Round 2 of Open Women’s Main Event, where Venezuela’s Yuleiner Gonzales posted the highest score of the event, a 17.50 and continues to push women’s bodyboarding to the limits. The Venezuelan defeated defending Gold Medalist Neymara Carvalho (10.10) from Brazil and South Africa’s Pamela Bowren (9.00).

For a full list of today’s results, click here:

The 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship resumes Thursday at 7:40am (local time) in Iquique, Chile, with The Morning Show hosted by Philip Muller featuring Team South Africa.

Competition will feature:

8:00am Open Men’s – Main Event 4
8:40am Open Women’s– Main Event 4
9:00am Dropknee – Main Event 4
9:20am Junior U-18 Boys – Main Event 3
9:40am Open Men’s – Repechage 5
10:20am Junior U-18 Boys – Repechage 2
11:00am Dropknee – Repechage 2
11:40am Open Women’s– Repechage 2
12:20pm Open Men’s – Main Event 5
12:40pm Junior U-18 Girls – Main Event 2
1:00pm Open Men’s – Repechage 6

The live webcast of the entire 2014 ISA World Bodyboard Championship is available on

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The International Surfing Association (ISA), founded in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. The ISA governs and defines Surfing as Shortboard, Longboard & Bodyboarding, StandUp Paddle (SUP) Racing and Surfing, Bodysurfing, Wakesurfing, and all other wave riding activities on any type of waves, and on flat water using wave riding equipment. The ISA crowned its first Men's and Women's World Champions in 1964. It crowned the first Big Wave World Champion in 1965; World Junior Champion in 1980; World Kneeboard Champions in 1982; World Longboard Surfing and World Bodyboard Champions in 1988; World Tandem Surfing Champions in 2006; World Masters Champions in 2007; and World StandUp Paddle (SUP, both surfing and racing) and Paddleboard Champions in 2012.

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