What: Rip Curl Boardmasters, ASP WQS 5-Star Men's Event Where: Fistral Beach Newquay England When: 4 - 9 August 2008
Wiggoly Dantas, 18, won the Rip Curl Boardmasters today, claiming his maiden ASP World Qualifying Series title in testing 4-6 foot waves at Fistral Beach after defeating Pablo Paulino in a 100% Brazilian final.
Wiggoly Dantas won four heats in a row against some of the world's best surfers, including Leigh Sedley (AUS), Chris Davidson (AUS) and David Weare (ZAF), finishing his run with an impressive 16.40 point heat tally (out of a possible 20) in the final. "I had a great time in England and people were so nice to me all week," Dantas said. "We had great waves at the start and tough ones today but it was always lots of fun. So stoked to get this first title, such a big thing. It is a great confidence boost for the upcoming events."
Dantas, who came to Newquay sitting way back in the ratings compared to all the surfers he defeated, was definitely the outsider of the final day. He will move up the ratings from No. 122 into the Top 80 and heads to France confidently. "Pablo (Paulino) surfed so well and I want to congratulate him," Dantas said. "It was one of my dreams to win the event here as I really love the waves and the atmosphere here. I am very happy and I hope things can keep going as good for me."
Pablo Paulino impressed with his powerful prowesses and tactics in the tricky solid waves. "Things are going well for me so I am still very happy with that second place," Paulino said. "I am slowly getting closer to my only goal and dream which is to qualify for the ASP World Tour."
David Weare, 27, a former ASP Top 45 member, was the only non-Brazilian surfer in the Semifinals and got closer to his requalification today, posting the highest heat score of the day and clinching valuable 1500 ratings' points that will secure his spot in the ASP WQS top five. "I was just in the wrong spot all heat and could not get any good wave out there", Weare said. "I got far today but just one short to the final, I am still happy with it and congratulations to Wiggoly (Dantas). He surfed a smart heat."
Marlon Lipke, 24, was the best European in the event, finishing his excellent run in the in the last seconds of his quarterfinal battle against Weare. "I did not really know what was going on out there because the onshore wind was just too strong", Lipke said. "I saw David get on that bomb and I knew he could get a huge score, he is such a good surfer and winner here. He got a 9.77 but I was still ahead and then I got that 8.57 and was still not enough after his last wave put him ahead. It is disappointing."
Results of the Rip Curl Boardmasters:
FINAL Heat: Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) 16.40 pts Def Pablo Paulino (BRA) 12.00 pts
SEMIFINALS Heat 1: Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) 12.40 pts Def. David Weare (ZAF) 3.73 pts Heat 2: Pablo Paulino (BRA) 14.00 pts Def. Pedro Henrique (BRA) 9.26 pts
QUARTERFINALS Heat 1: David Weare (ZAF) 17.70 pts Def. Marlon Lipke (DEU) 17.40 pts Heat 2: Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) 13.43 pts Def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 12.17 pts Heat 3: Pedro Henrique (BRA) 13.23 pts Def. Nathan Hedge (AUS) 12.10 pts Heat 4: Pablo Paulino (BRA) 16.44 pts Def. Nic Muscroft (AUS) 12.13 pts