The APB World Tour 2017 bodyboard circuit culminated today in the town of Gáldar, with the proclamation of Jared Houston as champion of the Gran Canaria Fronton King Pro 2017. The South African developed a magnificent surf during the final beating Frenchman Amaury Lavernhe and becoming the new king of El Fronton.
With excellent conditions to celebrate the final phase of the Grand Canarian test, 8 were the riders who would dispute the pass to the grand finale. Some 2,000 people filled the steps and slopes of the El Fronton wave, which from the early afternoon waited to witness the finals.
In the first quarter-final clash, Hawaiian Jacob Romero left out of competition and no options to world runner-up to Spanish Alex Uranga. Uranga was one of the favorites to reach number 2 in the world ranking.
The South African Jared Houston would be the next rider to get the pass to the semifinals, which would make it clear favorite to the world runner-up. The Brazilian Dudu Pedra would be eliminated getting so far the only 10 (maximum score) awarded by the judges yesterday in the round of 16.
The great quarter-final match would be the clash between Pierre Louis Costes, 2016 world champion and Diego Cabrera from Tenerife. During 25 minutes the confrontation between both was very disputed, but finally the sleeve would fall of part of the French that would be a serious candidate to gain the test galdense. Diego Cabrera was so far the only canary in competition and with options to the world subtitle. Intachable Cabrera’s performance throughout the APB World Tour 2017 circuit where he finished in the top 5. Amaury Lavernhe, the last “king” won without a problem against the Australian Ryan Hardy.
The 4 riders that would dispute the passage to the great final would be, Jacob Romero, Jared Houston, Pierre Louis Costes and Amaury Lavernhe.
The South African Jared Houston and Amaury Lavernhe fought in respective confrontations to Jacob Romero and Pierre Louis Costes. With this the great end of the Gran Canaria Frontón King already was served.
A final very fought by these two athletes great connoisseurs of the wave of the Fronton. Both were very selective when selecting their waves. And although scores were largely on the final sleeve, Amaury imposed his greatest number of hours surfing the dreaded beast, El Fronton. But it was finally Jared Houston with a wave of 8.67 that made a 360º turn and to impose itself in the great end of this last test of the world circuit APB World Tour 2017.
FINAL CLASSIFICATION MALE MODALITY
NOMBRE PAIS 1. JARED HOUSTON
2. AMAURY LAVERNHE
3. PIERRE L. COSTES
4. JACOB ROMERO