Japanese bodyboarder Sari Ohhara has moved into the top five of the APB Women’s World Tour after an impressive victory at the Tahara Pro at the weekend.
Held in challenging two-foot conditions, the race for the victory at the Japanese event was blown wide open following the shock early round exit of five-time world champion Neymara Carvalho.
Sari Ohhara easily accounted for Yuki Nishimura in the opening semi-final. Ohhara picked the best ways that came through during the heat and busted a couple big rolls to secure a position in the final.
In the second semi-final, Shiori Okazawa got away to an early lead over Nao Nagai in very technical conditions, but it was Nao who fought her way back, wave by wave, to take the second semi-final 11.75 to 10.8.
As the girls were waiting to compete in the final, conditions improved to a cleaner three foot in size and the excitement built along the beach.
Sari Ohhara opened with the 6.0 on her first ride with a number of clean spins and finishing off with a good solid roll in a little sucky section. Nao Nagai could only answer back with a 4.5 as Sari continued to build on her score. Sari sealed her victory with an impressive seven-point ride at the end of the heat.
Sari was absolutely ecstatic at her victory, which has moved her into fourth place on the World Tour, joining fellow Japanese countryman Ayaka Suzuki who is in seventh position.
“I can’t wait to get to Sintra to really establish my position on the world rankings”, she said.
“It is a very exciting time for me and the girls at the top of the world tour is so hard to beat I really want to use all of my opportunities.”
APB WWT Top 10 rankings after the Tahara Pro
It has been 13 years since the APB was last in Japan and there are plans in place to bring both the men’s and women’s world tour to the region in 2016.
The APB Women’s World Tour continues at Sintra in Portugal on 23 September and will be streamed live via webcast.