The promise of the Bodyboard APB Pipe Challenge draws nearer and the Bodyboard world eagerly waits for the event to begin. With the Women’s Trial Draw getting underway at Kea’au West Side, tomorrow the 14th of February, and the Draws for the Women’s main event and the details of the Main Drop Knee Draw also being released, excitement is building.
In the Women’s Trials, competitors have journeyed from far and wide with representatives from Hawaii, Portugal, Brazil and a really strong contingency of Japanese girls all vying for a place in the main event where they will go up against such established names as Karla Costa-Taylor and Isabela Sousa. The winning rider will be taking away a $1000 prize and 1800 points to carry forward to next event in Arica in May.
The 2014 Drop Knee Pipe Challenge is due to get underway on the 18th of February at Pipeline itself and see’s such stalwarts such as Dave Hubbard and the progressive rider Miles Kauhaahaa already seeded to the quarterfinal rounds. It is also fantastic to see the name of Kainoa McGee in the 1st round and the older Bodyboard generation will be hoping to see some of his legendary Pipe charging.
As yet we do not have any news regarding the Men’s Main Event and there is some confusion as to whether there will be any Men’s Trials at this moment in time. One of the biggest questions hanging over the competition at this moment in time is whether there will be any kind of live webcast. In some earlier correspondence with the APB, they did tell us they are hoping to provide a low quality stream webcast but this is unconfirmed at present.
Keep checking in here at Surf-Report as we will bring you news of the Men’s Draw as soon as we get it, and let us know if you would be prepared to pay a fee to watch a High Quality Webcast as although it won’t happen for the Pipe Challenge this year it is something that has been muted at in the past? To see a listing of all the Pipe Draws take a look at Ride Score Mobile here.