Courtesy of WSL North America
– Crosby adds a second Colapinto name to the Los Cabos trophy
– Kade Matson earns runner-up; Jett Schilling and Dimitri Poulos earn finals debuts
– women’s pro junior finish quarterfinals as massive swell continues
– more information available AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM
|ZIPPERS, San Jose Del Cabo/ Mexico (Tuesday, June 12, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) Los Cabos Open of Surf crowned Crosby Colapinto (USA) its men’s Pro Junior victor in maxing, six-to-eight foot, occasional ten-foot sets, hurricane swell at Zippers. The women juniors finished their Quarterfinal bouts, but will look to determine their winner Wednesday morning. However, the men displayed true vigor in powering through a phenomenal day of surfing as Colapinto, along with the rest of Round 3’s top seeds, surfed from his debut in Round 3 until being hoisted up the beach.
“It just feels so nice to finally get a Final and then to win it is amazing,” Colapinto said. “It was crazy to see these waves like this all day, it looked like Sunset [Hawaii] out there. I didn’t catch a lot of waves today so I feel like I saved my energy even coming out of the Semifinal. I learned it takes everything you have to win one of these events. You have to surf smart, put as much effort as you can into one wave and never give up at any point.”
Colapinto opened the Final with an excellent, meaning an 8.00 or above, 8.17 (out of a possible 10), and set himself up for a big performance. The San Clemente, California, native surfed wisely, only taking two waves during the thirty-minute heat, and capitalized on each opportunity. The 16-year-old shut the door with another 8.00, earning a 16.10 (out of a possible 20) and put his fellow finalists in a combination situation, meaning they needed two new scores to equal Colapinto’s total, with just under six minutes remaining. Only Jett Schilling (USA) could catch him — requiring a near-perfect 9.37.
This marks the Colapinto family’s second Los Cabos Open of Surf title after, now Championship Tour (CT) competitor, Griffin Colapinto (USA) won two years ago. The win also moves Crosby into the No. 1 spot –edging him closer toward his goal of a Top 4 finish.
“I’ve been calling my brother and he’s been telling me to just wait for the best wave, get a good score, then wait again,” Colapinto added. “Which worked out great getting the best wave out there and getting an 8.17 on it to start. One of my goals this year was to win a Pro Junior, so to do it here was pretty next level. I want to make it to Worlds [Junior Championship] as well and this is a good head start.”
It was nearly an all San Clemente affair as Kade Matson (USA) earned runner-up, and Schilling finished third, behind Colapinto after surfing incredibly in the Semifinals. The 16-year-old posted the event’s highest single-wave score, a 9.50, and heat total of 16.60 along the way and continues to show he is becoming a real threat to his fellow contingent.
“We were all at the house together joking that we were all going to make the Finals, but none of us thought it would actually happen,” Matson said. “The first few rounds I felt nervous, but by the time the Semifinals were on I was really confident. I was trying to pick off the best waves and just felt in rhythm even though it was hard out there with a lot of waves breaking. It feels great to get back to Finals since I haven’t had too many good results this year and now I’m way more confident moving forward.”
Schilling made his first-ever Finals appearance, alongside an in-form Dimitri Poulos’ (USA) Finals debut, but neither could put together the heat they wanted for a chance at the win. But, it was Poulos’ dynamic Semifinal that helped eliminate now North America No. 3 Tyler Gunter (USA). Both Schilling and Poulos earn just over 500 points toward their campaign and will look to finish the season strong while beginning to chase the Qualifying Series (QS) as well.
The junior women postponed their Semifinals until Wednesday morning after being pushed to the limits once again for Quarterfinal battles in the heavy conditions.
Current North America No. 1 Kirra Pinkerton (USA) is the lone regional representative heading into a stacked Semifinal match-up. The San Clemente, California, native will face 2016/17 World Junior Champion Macy Callaghan (AUS), along with in-form competitors Zahli Kelly (AUS) and Zoe McDougall (HAW). But, after a close call in Round 2, Pinkerton found her form in the Quarterfinals and looks to continue her back-to-back Pro Junior winning form.
“I couldn’t find a wave to save my life yesterday, but I tried to stayed calm and when that last one came I knew I just had to hit the closeout,” Pinkerton said. “We have a good paddle out area that helps and you just have to find the right waves to get through the heat. Around the five minute mark in that Quarterfinal heat I got a decent score and then after finally getting back out I just went for it to get a 7.00. If I can make the Final it’ll really help me out for the rest of the year and try to get three in a row.”
An all-Hawaii competitor Semifinal awaits in Heat 2 with Luana Silva (HAW), Kelta O’Rourke (HAW), Savanna Stone (HAW), and Gabriela Bryan (HAW) to try and help keep the event title on the islands.
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:00 a.m. MDT to determine a start for either the women’s Pro Junior Semifinals or Round 1 of the women’s QS 6,000. If the swell increases too much overnight, the women’s Pro Junior event will be called off and points, and prize money, will be distributed accordingly.
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