First waves at El Frontón
The World Cup Gran Canaria Frontón King has started with the best bodyboard show in the world and the first 16 sleeves in the open category and 3 in the women’s category. With the optimal conditions for sports and a blue summer sky in the middle of October, ‘La Bestia’ has once again roared in this Galician enclave to test the best maneuvers of the 64 riders competing in this edition, totally safe and with a demanding protocol to comply with all sanitary and hygienic guarantees against covid-19.
On this first day, boys and girls have tried the powerful wave of El Frontón with some first heats full of spectacle and heart attack maneuvers, incredible waves that were the scene of tubes, 360, blackflip and jumps on the crest of locals and internationals in a Sunday at 25 degrees marked by healthy sportsmanship.
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Portugal, Ireland, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Peru, France and Morocco have been just some of the countries that have had representation on the opening day of El Frontón, which takes this corner of the coast of Gáldar to across the globe through sports.
The riders started the morning in the open category, in a first action inaugurated by the French Maxime Castillo, who led the heat with a victory adjusted to the local Gabriel Molina and Pablo Hernández. The Galdense wave was also tested by several of the most recognized riders in this championship, such as Guillermo Cobo with 9.90 points, Jonathan Vega with two outstanding waves that put him at the head of his sleeve, a great performance in the water by Borja Granados with a 7.5 and a 6 in their best waves and a heat that put Aitor Ojeda and Javier Domínguez in check with a score very close between them.
The Canaria rider Omar Marrero shone in his confrontation with ‘La Bestia’ with an 8 in a perfect and very long tube that put the competitors who were watching the sleeve on their feet and raised applause among the attendees. The heat that Marrero led was one of the most attractive of the morning, with 14 points for Samuel Brito’s maneuvers, in a score only surpassed by Eduardo Rodríguez, with two waves of 7 and 7.6 that gave him the victory of his sleeve.
Some of the winners of previous editions in their climb to the title, such as William Luján, Dailos Rodríguez, Dailos Rodríguez, Alex Sebastian, Daute Perdomo, the three-time King, also premiered the first waves of this event, the only professional bodyboard event to be held. del Fronton, Amaury Lavernhe, or the also French Pierre Louis Costés who in the last edition starred in a final that was decided in the last minutes.
This edition is also the debut of some rider who try their luck in the northern enclave of Gran Canaria on a professional level, in a face-to-face with the Galician wave to which bugueros such as Rachid Lorenz from Lanzarote, the French Fabien have appeared today Thazar, or English Daniel Skajarowski among others.
In addition, during the morning and for the first heats of the day, the Frontón King has in turn been an outdoor set, making history as the first professional bodyboard championship televised live at the national level, through Televisión Canaria de 12 at 1.30 pm.
This event follows a strict security and prevention protocol to convert the space and the test into a safe environment and with all the hygienic and sanitary measures against covid-19. held without the public and with access control, disinfection, thermal controls, specific signage, mandatory use of a mask, and ‘bubble’ groups for competitors, among others.
Face to face in females
The girls also tried the wave of El Frontón today in the first rounds of this 2020 edition, which have been contested in a face-to-face format that has added excitement to the first rounds of the women’s category. In these duels, Teresa Miranda’s two brilliant right-wing ‘rolos’ have stood out, as well as a backflip or a back flip from the current champion of the championship, the Austrian Alexandra Rinder.
The Queen of the Fronton King, Alexandra Rinder, continues her struggle to revalidate her title with powerful rivals such as Teresa Miranda, Texenery García from Tenerife and Begoña Martínez from Venezuela. The Latina, which is the first time competing in the Fronton King, has not been able in this first round with the veteran of the Austrian, who prevailed in her face to face with 12.5 points, the highest of the day in women , followed by the 11.75 accumulated by Teresa Miranda in her first performance.
The World Cup Gran Canaria Frontón King 2020 is organized by Epic Events, promoted by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria through the Tourist Board of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the Insular Sports Institute, which once again includes this test in its program of Large Sports Events of Gran Canaria, as well as the City Council of Gáldar, institutions that have made it possible to consolidate this sporting event as an international benchmark in the world of bodyboarding. This event is sponsored by Naviera Armas, NMD / CO, Red Bull, and the collaborating firms, Jacio GuestHouse, Sonocom Audiovisuales, Hydro Flask, Aguacana, Meduxa Mag and Vert Magazine.