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Itacoatiara Pro 2016 – Bodyboarding World Contest

I just arrived in Rio yesterday, after a long trip from Gran Canaria via Madrid and Sao Paulo. Always so glad to be here, in this country dedicated to sports and where the bodyboarding community is so strong and talented. The Rio 2016 Olympic Games coming soon increase the excitement everywhere.
Itacoatiara is a special place for me and I wish I can defend  my 2013 and 2015 titles… I feel focused and ready to go on. Action should begin soon, the waiting period opens in June 16.
As an appetizer, just enjoy the videos of my best moments at Itacoatiara Pro in 2015.  Click on the pic below. Boooom !

Follow more action and the live contest  on APBTOUR


Bodyboard Teahupoo Tahiti Challenge – Best of

During my staying in Tahiti, Teahupoo was not at his best but we could find good waves to ride for the comp. I got some good surf at Taapuna and Sapinus, my best one was on the East coast, on a local spot with few riders and supposed to be sharky. We had a very good session with Mana and a little shark came to visit us, surfing in an extraordinary scenery: wild virgin mountains, waterfalls…

Thanks to  Haumana (Mana) for filming and to APB Tour for the comp footages. My own footages on-board camera HIREC lynx 700 – Edited by Elements Prod.
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Bodyboard Teahupoo Tahiti Challenge – Trip news

I’m having a really good trip since I showed up in Tahiti. Before getting here, I didn’t know where to stay during the comp. By chance my friend Haumanava (nicknamed Mana) invited me to stay with him and his family and to lend me a car. It was just the best thing that could have happen to me.




Sportsman of the Year

On the last Saturday  in Puerto Rico, we attend the official Awards ceremony where I receive the Award of Sportsman of the year. An amazing surprise and a great achievement in my career. We see David Barbosa from Brazil named  Rookie of the year and Mark Rossy from South Africa, best judge of the year. READ MORE


Nazaré, not so big but crazy

4 Oct – After Sintra, the Nazaré Pro allows me to improve my scores. For this new APB Step, the waves are not as good as expected, anyway the riders’ level is very high and the situation asks for skill and mental.

On the final day, a sand storm changes the deal : no live scores, no webcam. The semis and the final will not be man on man, no more priority. We are four on each heat, with no visibility, no scores but a big motivation. The conditions are crazy. The heats are really grueling, I ride as much waves as possible. Quarter 1st. Semi 1st. The final is a big moment too. Jared Houston rips with a big invert, I know that I still need a big trick to overpass him. A second place would keep me on the top ranking. On the last seconds, Tristan Roberts scores and makes me third. OK, it is an incredible moment.

I think that no matter the surfing conditions, a contest is a contest and it always brings good sport actions, team work, emotions and exposure.

I have not competed in such conditions since a long time and it is actually awesome to change the rules for few heats, making it faster and stronger in terms of physical effort!
So excited for this World title race, something healthy and something that stays for ever in the history of our sport! I am more than ever engaged in the World title race with Jared Houston and Pierre-Louis Costes. It is my adrenaline for the end of the 2015 APB Tour.

Long life to the Nazaré Pro and thanks to the organizers for the job. Obrigado a todos !


After Sintra, let’s go on !

The 2015 Sintra Pro is not an unforgettable comp for me, living two tough days in prone but that makes me even stronger and I am always learning something.
This week-end I have seen my friend Pierre-Louis winning this event and I get inspired to how he makes it and how happy he is. Idem for Dave Hubbard in Drop Knee even in light waves conditions, he did it and get with a new World Champ crown. Quite happy with my 3rd place in Drop knee. Still leader of the 2015 ranking I know that I have to do my best to keep ahead.

That’s good to be fighting with motivated and talented guys following me.

Anyway, the atmosphere and the welcoming in Sintra is always at the top, and I will miss all my friends and local supporters. See you next year for more action and pleasure. I am now in Nazaré, for the next stop of the APB Tour,  focused and fixed up to do my best. Let’s go ahead.



14 July – Just after my victory in Brazil at Itacoatiara, I arrived in Arica full of motivation but with a bit of pressure: as the 2014 World Champ and the champion of the previous edition. This wave is powerful, consistent and this is one of my favorite wave on tour.

Consequently, I keep strongly focused, from the beginning until the end. I fight step by step, one score after one score, with one aim in head: winning each heat. It asks for physical and mental resistance.

In a heat, until the last second, nothing is lost. Everything can happen if you believe it can happen.

On the final, with Jared Houston, the waves are a big smaller and I know that I have to score some waves early in the heat. In the first five minutes, I get 18pts. Jared has 25 minutes to overpass my score. Late in the heat, his 9,5pts invert allows Jared to get 18pts too.  So what? In a final suspenseful exchange with 20 seconds remaining on the clock, we both take off on a split peak. This last effort is no avail. We are ex-aequo when the bell rings. The rule is simple: Jared wins on a tiebreaker with his higher score. 9,5pts.
Congrats buddy you did an amazing contest !

Thanks to all the people involved in the organisation of this contest, by far the most consistent wave on tour. Ten years already that I am coming in Arica and I cant wait to come back to surf Gringo again !

See more pics in my gallery  ARICA 2015
BocaNegra video Moz in Arica