Pierre-Louis Costes, the man flying above, has continued to his hot streak (turns out just winning the World Title was enough) and taken out the 2012 Sumol Nazare Special Edition event.
The current world champion, the French Pierre-Louis Costes, won the fifth edition of the Sumol Nazaré Special Edition, that took place this Sunday, January 8th, at Praia do Norte, in Nazaré, Portugal. The second and third places were conquered by the Portuguese António Cardoso and Tiago Moita Silva, respectively.
“I’m very happy for this victory, because this is a very important competition for me, it’s a very difficult championship. I was also here in the last two editions and this one was the best. The waves were smaller, but were better to make maneuvers. It was a great success. Now I live in Portugal and winning here is like winning at home. I’m stoked with this first place”, said Pierre-Louis Costes, who made 46.90 points (in 60 points possible), in the sum of the two best waves of the first and second rounds and the final, the best score ever in Sumol Nazaré Special Edition.
Praia do Norte delivered amazing waves, between two and 3.5 meters. After two very competitive rounds, with aerial maneuvers and deep barrels, Pierre-Louis Costes, Elliot Morales, Dino Carmo, Tiago Moita Silva, Silvano Lourenço and António Cardoso went to the final. It was a very exciting final, as all the athletes were very near in the classification and any of them could win the title of the event. Pierre Louis Costes and António Cardoso stood out from the others, finishing two huge barrels each. There was also a massive invert of “Tó” Cardoso that allowed him to win the second place of the competition.
One of the standouts of the event was the Canary Island rider Elliot Morales with an incomplete 720 aerial reverse and a huge reverse air awarded with a perfect ten.
According to Nuno Amado, from the organization of the Sumol Nazaré Special Edition, “this edition was the best ever. The size of the waves allowed the athletes to hit the lip harder, fly higher and show all kind of maneuvers bodyboard has to offer”.
1º Pierre Louis Costes – 46,90 points
2º António Cardoso – 38,10 points
3º Tiago Moita Silva – 35,65 points
4º Dino Carmo – 34,56 points
5º Silvano Lourenço – 31,14 points
6º Elliot Morales – 29,54 points
7º Joe Clarke – 20,99 points
8º Jaime Jesus – 19,93 points
9º Luís “Porkito” Pereira – 19,88 points
10º Fábio “Marreta” Laureano – 18,83 points
11º Rui Pereira – 18,59 points
12º Paulo Costa – 18,22 points
13º João “Mag8” André – 17,75 points
14º Gonçalo “Pitaça” Campos – 17,71 points
15º Rui Ferreira – 16,55 points
16º Gastão Entrudo – 14,94 points
17º Francisco Pinheiro – 14,20 points
18º Bernardo Jerónimo – 13,43 points
19º Bernardo Barroso – 13,18 points
20º Filipe Ferreira – 12,76 points
21º Ricardo Faustino – 12,52 points
22º João Pinheiro – 10,49 points
23º João Neiva – 10,05 points
24º Hugo Macatrão – 8,85 points
The Sumol Nazaré Special Edition is incorporated in the International Bodyboard Association (IBA) calendar.
The following photos come courtesy of Cruz from the great bodyboarding website, bodyboard.pt. Kicking it off with Elliot’s 720 reverse attempt: