We take a look at some of the big talking points from this year’s amazing ISA World Bodyboard Championships.
1. Brazilian domination
There was no stopping the green, yellow and blue this year. Brazil flexed its muscles at this year’s ISA games by having a competitor finish in the top four of every single division. The country bagged three silver medals, a gold medal and one copper medal to reclaim their rightful place atop the world bodyboarding standings.
2. Triple gold for Eder
Eder Luciano knows the winning formula at ISA events. The Brazilian’s gold medal performance was his third in the open men’s division. Luciano won the event previously in 2012 and 2013.
3. Strong effort by the Aussies
With a team that was short of two competitors (under 18 girls and open women’s), expectations were relatively low for the first Australian team in three years. However, the team put in a big fight, with West Australian Jordyn Ihms managing to reach the repechage final and a top six finish for the under 18 boys division.
4. A new world tour location?
The boogie-crazy city of Iquique may be back in the international spotlight sooner than expected with rumours it will play host to a brand new stop on the APB World Bodyboarding Tour. We saw how good the place can get with a decent swell on Day Four and are excited at the prospects of this new stop.
5. Back to back for Toledo
Rising rookie and hometown hero Yoshua Toledo passed on competing in the open men division this year, instead concentrating his efforts on defending his 2014 under 18 boys title. And despite a strong showing from APB Junior world champion Socrates Santana Portuguese dark horse Stephan Kokorelis, Toledo was able to take the win and the only Gold medal for team Chile.
6. Patchy performance for team France
Despite finishing third overall on the back of an impressive Gold by Anne Cécile Lacoste in the Open women. The French team might be wondering what could have been in their 2015 ISA campaign. Boasting arguably the two best bodyboarders in the competition in Amaury Lavernhe and Pierre-Louis Costes, the former world champion bodyboarders failed to reach expectations with neither making it through to the grand final of the open men division.
7. The crystal ball award goes to…
Riptide contributor and former ISA judge, Danny Bycroft, managed to correctly pick that top three placings of this year’s overall team points. He also managed to get a total of eight out of the 14 placings correct, with his others being no more than two placings off. That’s a solid effort in our books, wonder how he goes on Melbourne Cup day?