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Alexandra Rinder Wins Arica Chilean Challenge 2015

Alexandra Rinder Wins Arica Chilean Challenge 2015

(TOP- Alexandra Rinder throws a 9 point ride and back-flip Photo by PABLO JIMENEZ) 

 

26th July 2015 – The world’s best women of bodyboarding took to the water today for the final day of the 2015 APB Arica Chilean Challenge.

Waves continued to roll through at 2-3 ft. with the occasional bigger set, but a persistent onshore wind created textured conditions. First up for the day was the last heat of round three in which three Brazilians would fight it out for the last two remaining positions in the quarterfinals. 3-time World Champion Isabela Sousa went on to win the heat, while 5-time World Champion Neymara Carvalho would finish second to advance on.

Moving on into the semifinals, Alexandra Rinder squared off against Paloma Freyggan. Paloma was never able to put together anything more substantial than moderate scores, opening the door for Alexandra to advance to the final. Semifinal two matched up Neymara Carvalho against Isabela Sousa for the second time on the day. Isabela opened up with a 6.00, built up her scores using big rolls to compile a 7.75 and then a 7.15, and buried Neymara in combination situation. In the consolation final, Neymara Carvalho beat out Paloma Freyggan, placing Carvalho in 3rd place and Freyggan in 4th place overall.

The finalists 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge by Pablo Jimenez / APB

The finalists 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge by Pablo Jimenez / APB

The Women’s final was a showdown between world champions. Both defending World Champion Alexandra Rinder and 3-time World Champion Isabela Sousa came out firing. On their opening wave exchange, Sousa dialed up an 8.0 Air Roll Spin, while Rinder threw down a 9.25 on a big flip. An extended lull and minimal scores filled the middle timeframe of the final, but picked up in intensity in the late minutes of the heat. Isabela continued to try to improve her score, but could only muster a 5.75 back up score. Meanwhile, the 17 year old Rinder planted a competitive dagger in the heart of Sousa by scoring a 9.90 on a huge backflip to close out the final and clinch the win.

Alex said after her win “I’m so happy to win the ACC 2015! This was always a wave I was looking foward to compete in and today, after having a hard final against Isabela, I finished with the first place. It’s such an incredible feeling right now. I want to thank my family who made all of this possible, mum and dad for taking me always to the beach and of course my brother Oliver for being the best coach and brother you can ever ask for. Thanks to all my friends and to all my sponsors for the support. Now I’ve got to get re-focused for Antofagasta next week!

 

With the Arica Chilean Challenge having drawn to a close, the 2015 APB World Bodyboarding Tour now heads to the Antofagasta Bodyboard Festival (July 28th– August 2nd) where the ladies will take on Nilda Point.

 

WORDS & PHOTOS BY Association of Professional Bodyboarders (APB)

Jessica Becker 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge by Pablo Jimenez / APB

Jessica Becker 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge by Pablo Jimenez / APB

 

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