SA’s Lightfoot and Prestwich 17th as Ribeiro and Maeda claim Allianz ASP World Junior Titles in Portugal
Portugal’s Vasco Ribeiro, 19, and Hawaiian Mahina Maeda, 16, won the Allianz ASP World Junior Titles in clean 1 to 1.5 metre surf at the iconic Ribeira D’Ilhas right-hand point-break in Ericeira, Portugal, yesterday (Wednesday)..
Ribeiro, who became the first Portuguese surfer to claim an ASP World Junior Title, built momentum through the early rounds and put on his best performance in the Final to outpoint Italo Ferreira (BRA) with an incredible 18.63 total. The young Portuguese up-and-comer and recently crowned ASP European Junior Champion earlier defeated other event standouts Joshua Moniz (HAW) and Deivid Silva (BRA) on his way to claim the event win.
“I have no words to describe this moment, I just want to thank everyone who’s been supporting me,” Ribeiro said. “It’s been a long week, especially today when I surfed four times. I think the final was actually the heat I was less pressured, I just wanted to do good and I knew I had to post something big cause Italo is such a great surfer.”
Runner-up today in Portugal, Ferreira put up a good fight but couldn’t match Ribeiro’s rhythm in the final and was eventually put in a combination situation he wouldn’t recover from. Equal third were Tomas Fernandes (PRT) and Deivid Silva (BRA).
The top four receive a significant boost to their fledgling pro surfing careers by earning preferential seeding into all the ASP Qualification Series (QS) events during 2015.
Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Slade Prestwich (Durban), the last two members of the ASP Africa squad at the event, were both eliminated in high-scoring match-ups on Tuesday. The pair, and Benji Brand (Kommetjie) who was representing ASP Hawaii, finished in equal 17th place overall in the annual showcase of the world’s best surfers aged 20-and-under.
Mahina Maeda concluded a very successful Portuguese campaign with the ASP World Junior Title today, consistently posting great scores to advance in first in all her matchups including the Final where she defeated Guadeloupe’s Tessa Thyssen, 17, the winner of the ASP European Junior series this season.
“I can’t believe it, I’m so stoked and beyond,” Maeda said. “Watching Ella (Williams) win last year, it gave me some confidence and the urge to win. I felt like I had the potential, but came here and surfed it heat by heat. Having everybody out there supporting me was just amazing.”
At only 16 years-old, Maeda stamped her authority on the Junior talent pool and will look to take her act to the next level against the world’s best on the ASP QS tour next season.
Highlights from the Allianz ASP World Junior Championships including full results, images, heat analyser and more go to www.aspworldtour.com
Allianz ASP World Junior Championships men’s FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 18.63
2 – Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.77
Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s FINALIST RESULTS:
1 – Mahina Maeda (HAW) 13.56
2 – Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 13.17
Allianz ASP World Junior Championships men’s SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 16.80 def. Tomas Fernandes (PRT)16.50
SF 2: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.34 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.83
Allianz ASP World Junior Championships Women’s SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Tessa Thyssen (GLP) 9.67 def. Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 8.67
SF 2: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 15.93 def. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 11.33
ASP Africa Results
=17. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay)
=17. Slade Prestwich (Durban)
=33. Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay)
=33. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
=33. Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand)
=33. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
=13. Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay)
=13. Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay)
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