Ben Player wins the 2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge

The 2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge

Presented by Ilustre Municipalidad de Arica and Tomate Surf Shop.

El Gringo, Arica, Chile

May 17th to 26th 2013

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Ex Isla EL Alacrán, Arica, Saturday 25th of May 2013 –Ben Player (AUS) has taken out the 2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge in perfect 6 foot barreling waves at “El Gringo”.

Player was faced in the final against fellow Australian and defending champion Dave Winchester who opened up the heat with a clean barrel followed by a massive back flip into the flats and finishing up with an ARS on the dry section of the reef. However, Player quickly responded with a deep clean barrel to a big invert that was awarded 8.7 points. After this, it was all in Players favor when he got a clean open barrel that was awarded 6.83 points. Unfortunately for Winchester, things did not go that well and could not find the 7.79 needed to beat Ben Player’s total combined score of 15.53 points out of a possible 20 points.

Final Heat Results

Ben Player (AUS) 8.87 + 6.83 = 15.53 pts.

Dave Winchester (AUS) 7.75 + 4.08 = 11.83 pts.

Once on the shore, Player was greeted by hundreds of fans “This is the best stage for a contest, people here are great, you don´t see this anywhere else” stated the winner. “I´m so happy with this win, it puts me in a really good spot for the World title race” He added.

It was not an easy road for the 2005 and 2007 World Champion, who almost saw his dreams shattered by Ryan Hardy (AUS) in quarter final number 3. Player, who was in 2nd place for most of the heat, managed to escape on an inside wave and do a big back flip right before the buzzer went off. He was awarded the 7.53 points needed to make it through the heat. Then, in semifinals, he found a very determined Dallas Singer on what ended up being the best heat of the contest, with total combined heat scores of 18.85 and 17.88 points respectively

Dave Winchester on his part, had to take on a high flying Jacob Romero (HAW) in quarter finals to face against his longtime rival Guilherme Tamega in the semis, on what seemed to be a rematch of last year’s final. After the event ended, Winchester mentioned “I am stoked with the results, I´ve been coming here for the past 8 years. I have won twice, had two 2nds, three 3rds and a 9th, yes, I really like this break”

Third place was occupied by Dallas Singer who showed excellent skills riding the “El Gringo” barrels and Guilherme Tamega who made very clear that he is still at the top of his game.

 

Highest single scoring ride of the event

9.7   : Ben Player [AUS] SEMI-FINAL Heat 34
9.5   : Dallas Singer [AUS] SEMI-FINAL Heat 34
9.4   : Eder Luciano [BRZ] QUARTER-FINAL Heat 32
9.38 : Mike Stewart [HAW] Round 01 Heat 06
9.38 : Diego Cabrera [CNY] Round 02 Heat 10
9.38 : Dave Winchester [AUS] Round 04 Heat 21
9.2   : Jacob Romero [HAW] Round 04 Heat 22
9.15 : Ben Player [AUS] SEMI-FINAL Heat 34
9.13 : Yoan Florentine [REU] Round 03 Heat 17
9.13 : Dallas Singer [AUS] QUARTER-FINAL Heat 32

 

Highest total heat score of the event

18.85 : Ben Player [AUS] SEMI-FINAL Heat 34
17.88 : Dallas Singer [AUS] SEMI-FINAL Heat 34
17.5   : Dave Winchester [AUS]  SEMI-FINAL Heat 33
17.13 : Dallas Singer [AUS]  QUARTER-FINAL Heat 32
17.08 : Dave Winchester [AUS]  Round 04 Heat 21
16.36 : Guilherme Tamega [BRZ] Round 04 Heat 24
16.21 : Yoan Florantin [REU] Round 03 Heat 17
15.96 : Mike Stewart [HAW] Round 01 Heat 06
15.9  : Eder Luciano [BRZ] QUARTER-FINAL Heat 32
15.86 : Yoan Florantin [REU] Round 01 Heat 08

GSS Arica Price Grab

1st : 2000 points. US $6.000
2nd: 1720 points. US $4.000
3rd: 1460 points. US $2.500
5th: 1220 points. US $1.500
9th: 1000 points. US $1.000

 

GSS Ranking After Arica

No#

Name From

Points

1

Ben Player Australia

4900

2

Jeff Hubbard Hawaii

3940

3

Amaury Lavernhe Reunion

3900

4

Dave Winchester Australia

3840

5

Pierre Louis Costes France

3680

6

Jake Stone Australia

3060

7

Dave Hubbard Hawaii

3020

8

Dallas Singer Australia

2980

9

Ryan Hardy Australia

2920

9

Eder Luciano Brazil

2920

11

Alex Uranga Basque

2860

12

Mike Stewart Hawaii

2810

13

Magno Passos Brazil

2800

14

Yoan Florantin Reunion

2720

15

Guilherme Tamega Brazil

2680

16

Jacob Romero Hawaii

2660

17

Jones Russell Australia

2520

17

Alan Munoz Chile

2520

19

Jared Houston Sth Africa

2500

20

Lachlan Cramsie Australia

2440

21

Sacha Specker Sth Africa

2400

22

Brahim Iddouch Morocco

2160

23

Andrew Lester Australia

2010

24

Uri Valadao Brazil

1940

 

 

For detailed results and the full draw visit http://results.ibaworldtour.com/draw.html
Next Event: Antofagasta, Make sure you follow the IBA social media as we head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 4th stop on the GoPro IBA GSS Tour – Itacoatiara Pro, June 6th to 16th

Check out the daily highlight clips on the dedicated IBA You Tube channel

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – Trailer

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – Free Surf Session

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – Trials Day 1

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – Trials Day 2

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – Trials Day 3

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – Highlights – Trials Final Day

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – GSS Highlights – Day 1

2013 Arica Chilean Challenge – GoPro Highlights – Day 1

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – GSS Highlights – Day 2

2013 Arica Chilean Challenge – GoPro Highlights – Day 2

2013 GoPro IBA Arica Chilean Challenge – GSS Highlights – Day 3

2013 Arica Chilean Challenge – GoPro Highlights – Day 3

 

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Pablo Jiménez

IBA Media 

www.ibaworldtour.com 

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