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Marco Giorgi claims maiden WSL QS win in Portugal

The two finalists of the 2017 Pro Santa Cruz pres. by Oakley. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot
Winners podium © WSL / Poullenot



Santa Cruz Pro

World Surf League QS3000
Praia de fisica, Santa Cruz, Portugal
25 - 30 April, 2017

Zubizarreta, Couzinet hold top position on European QS

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 April, 2017 - Praia Da Vagia, Santa Cruz, Portugal - Marco Giorgi (URY), 29, has won the Pro Santa Cruz pres. by Oakley over Thiago Camarao (BRA), 28, in wind-affected four-to-five foot surf on the last day of the event’s waiting period.

Giorgi belted the first score of substance five minutes into the final, with a combination of two good turns on a foamy right-hander for a 7.17 and the pole position. Camarao spent the first half of the final scouring the lineup and fell on a few tries, before finally finding a big section to hit on his backhand for a 6 point ride.

Unfortunately both surfers were deprived of more opportunities for the remainder of the final, and the situation remained unchanged, Giorgi taking out the win to celebrate his 29th birthday in the best fashion.

“It’s my first professional win and a whole new bunch of emotions it’s crazy,” an emotional Giorgi stated. “It’s a hard job, contests are long and you have to maintain that focus to win heats. Today it went my way and I’m so happy, I can’t believe it.”

Hailing from Uruguay, Giorgi had not made a final since 2014 and will rocket up the rankings with the 3,000 points he pocketed in Portugal today. Surfing without a major sponsor’s support this season, the talented regular foot will be able to concentrate on the biggest events of the season.

“I’m going to try to focus on what I did right in this contest and hopefully replicate it in the next ones,” he added. “This result will allow me to be in the Top 100 and surf in the QS10,000s this season, starting from scratch at the beginning of the year it wasn’t an easy goal.”

Camarao came to Portugal fresh off a win at the Rip Curl Pro Argentina and continued to dominate, posting big scores throughout the week and eliminating some of the event’s favorites. With an added 2250 points on his tally, the Brazilian will make a massive leap in the Qualifying Series, going into the rest of the season.

“I did the best I could with the waves I was given but unfortunately it wasn’t enough this time,” Camarao said. “I’m still stoked with my surfing and everything going on in my life right now. I’m going to keep smiling, try to stay healthy and train well to seriously think about the qualification again. Marco and I grew up together and it was super cool to share this final with him, I’m so happy for him.”

In the opening semifinal, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), 20, couldn’t unfortunately navigate the lineup quite as well as Giorgi, and only found medium-scoring potential waves. The Japanese surfer, whose best QS finish was 34th in 2015, claims an honorable equal third place in Santa Cruz and further cements his excellent start this season.

“I really had no idea where to sit and it was really tough out there to find the waves,” Ohhara said. “I’m really happy with a good couple of heats I had here and feel great heading to Japan now. People expect me to have a good result there and I’m confident so I look forward to it.”

Local hero Frederico Morais (PRT), 25, had a great start in the second semifinal and seemed in total control of his destiny for the first half of the bout with two good scores on the board. Unfortunately while he struggled to further improve his situation, Camarao on the other hand built momentum and turned the situation in under a few minutes, eventually defeating Morais, who placed equal third.

Following the completion of the Pro Santa Cruz pres. by Oakley, the current European Qualifying Series Top 5 stands as follows:
1 - Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 
2 - Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 
3 - Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 
4 - Pedro Henrique (PRT) 
5 - Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY)

1 - Marco Giorgi (URY) 12.67
2 - Thiago Camarao (BRA) 12.27

SF 1: Marco Giorgi (URY) 15.23 def. Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 13.33
SF 2: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 14.50 def. Frederico Morais (PRT) 13.83

Nicolas Leroy

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