The APB World Tour releases its tentative 2015 schedule with plenty of change afoot.
Above: Tahurai Henry and the wave that mangled the man’s back during this year’s ASP surfing contest waiting period. Next year he could be in a contest rashie himself! From the pages of Riptide #202, on-sale now. Photo: Ed Sloane
Well, here it is – this is what your World Tour will, if everything goes well, look like in 2015. We’ll post the whole APB press release – which went live just moments ago – below, but if you ain’t got time fo’ dat (though you should) here’s a few of the juicy morsels:
– The Pipeline Challenge is gone… the APB couldn’t get hold of a permit in 2015. Fingers crossed for 2016. Fronton also wasn’t able to be revived 🙁
– Shark Island (slash South Coast mobile event) makes its triumphant return, as does Puerto Rico and – drum roll – Chopes, for the first time since 2003! Other big plans are events at Nazare, Portugal and The Maldives (which you should’ve read in the new Riptide).
– A whopping 13 events are proposed for the men’s world tour – the first is Arica in May. There are nine proposed for the women (the girls at Itacoatiara and Nazare, booyah) and six for dropknee.
– There’s a Pro Junior World Tour in 2015.
We’ll just leave this here – the Tahiti Skins event, circa 2000
Here’s the official word from the APB:
APB 2015 “TENTATIVE” TOUR SCHEDULE
The 2015 APB Tour schedule is set for an epic year in 2015 with some former events returning to the World Stage like Teahupoo (Tahiti), Shark Island (Australia) & The Encanto Pro (Middles, Puerto Rico) plus new events in Central & South America, Maldives & Portugal.
The APB Tour will commence in May with the first event – The Arica Chilean Challenge. There are currently 13 World Tour events proposed for the year.
The Pipeline Event in Hawaii will not be going ahead in 2015 due to issues in Hawaii involving event permit issuance and external event promoters. The APB chooses not to go into further detail regarding this topic as we are confident in this event returning to the APB Tour in 2016.
Following on from Arica, the 2nd APB event will be Antofagasta at the end of May. Itacoatiara in Brazil will be up next in the first 2 weeks of June in Rio De Janiero followed on by a new event -The Bahia Pro in North Brazil. There may also be a possible event in Panama following on from this leg in Central America.
July we will see the infamous Shark Island Challenge return to the world tour in conjunction with the south coast crusade as a combined mobile event on the east coast of Australia.
Come August, the APB is excited to announce a new event – The Maldives Open. The Tropical islands in the Indian Ocean will play host to the APB World Tour for the first time in history.
As September hits and World Title points become significant on the leaderboard, Sintra (Portugal) will once again open its doors to the APB Tour with another new event – Nazare Challenge also on the tentative schedule (more news to follow).
We are extremely happy to announce the return of the most iconic wave in surfing – The Teahupoo Challenge! October 1 – 11 will be the Tahitian epic event at the infamous “End of the Road” Teahupoo. This event was last on the tour in 2003 in epic 8-10ft perfect Teahupoo. This news has many Bodyboarder’s around the globe excited.
Late October we have Venezuela in Central America as we close in on the tour end with another new event in Brazil – The Katherine Mello Pro.
The Finale: The Encanto Pro in Puerto Rico will return to the APB Tour with a huge prize purse of USD$90,000 across 4 divisions where we will see 4 World Champions being crowned (Men’s, Women’s, DK & Pro Junior) in magical Puerto Rico at the infamous “Middles” venue.
Confirmation on all APB Tour sanctioned events will be 3 months prior to event start date. The APB will not sanction nor confirm any events within an 12 week period of an event.
The APB would like to thank all the athletes and fans on what has been a testing time for the sport of bodyboarding in 2014. We now look forward to a strong and successful year in 2015 as we gain momentum and build globally as a united sport across all divisions and regions.
“I am amped and excited for APB tour next year!” said Hawaii’s Jacob Romero. “I know that with these new locations, the riders on tour will take bodyboarding to a new level and bodyboarding will be showcased to it’s fullest potential.”