Isabela Sousa World Champ

Brazilian bodyboarder Isabela Sousa captured her second IBA World title in Isla De Margarita, Venezuela.
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Sousa was competing in the Bodyboard Pro Festival at Playa Praguito, Nueva Esparta, and only had to touch the water to secure enough points to claim the title.

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“I’m so happy I don’t know what to say” said an elated Sousa.

“Bodyboarding is my life, it’s taken me to so many place around the world and given me experiences and friendships that will last forever” she added.

Sousa was in a four-way wrangle in the first semester of the IBA World Women’s Tour with the other contenders including Brazilian Karla Costa Taylor and current World Champion Eunate Aguirre (Basque) but managed to moved forward with a win in the previous event in Brazil, the Rio Bodyboarding International.

Only Japans Minami Hatekayama could have snatched the title from Sousa with a win in Venezuela and the final event in Puerto Rico, the Encanto Pro, but the 17 year old elected not to challenge this year and will wait for a thorough campaign in 2013.

Isabela Sousa is regarded to be at the forefront of progressive women’s bodyboarding and represents a new wave of female riders that are taking the sport to new heights.

She captured her maiden title in 2010 by dominating every event she entered and last year battled with Eunate Aguirre in Azores to finish runner up.

Sousa will now focus on taking the title in Venezuela to cap off her stellar week in Venezuela. – IBA World Tour

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