Team Chile jumped into the lead of the team point ranking on the fourth day of competition at the 2015 Iquique Para Todos ISA World Bodyboard Championship, determined to defend their 2014 title. Chile’s potential point total of 6,310, put them out in front of second place Brazil, with 6,273 potential points, and third place France, with 5,913.
In the final heat of the day, Team France claimed the first Gold Medal of the competition in a tightly contested ISA Aloha Cup Final. The stage has been set for an epic day of Finals, as individual and team ISA World Champions will be crowned on Sunday.
Saturday morning got off to an electric start when the Under 18 Boys took to the water in the first Main Event heats of the Day. The defending Gold Medalist, Iquique’s own Yoshua Toledo, continued to apply his local knowledge of la Punta Uno and lead the charge for Team Chile. Toledo combined two high scores of 7.33 and 8.67 to advance to the Grand Final along with Portugal’s Stephanos Kokorelis. Toledo is one of three Chileans who have earned spots in their respective Grand Finals, with three other teammates battling through the Repechage Round.
The competition proceeded with intense heats in the Open Men and Open Women Repechage Rounds. Portugal’s Joanna Schenker earned the first female perfect score in the competition, sticking a go-for-broke aerial maneuver in the dying moments of the heat that propelled her into the lead. Schenker’s last minute performance ended the run of the defending Women’s U-18 Gold Medallist, Peru’s Carolina Botteri, in her first year competing in the Open Women’s Division.