Brazilian Wiggoly Dantas has won the Rip Curl Boardmasters in Newquay claiming his maiden ASP World Qualifying Series title. The 18-year-old South American was the fittest surfer winning 4 heats in a row in testing 4 foot plus waves.
Surfing against some of the world's best surfers including WQS Top 25 surfer's Australian Leigh Sedley and Chris Davidson as well as South African David Weare respectively, Dantas took top honours at the Boardmasters - England's richest surfing competition - by beating fellow Brazilian Pablo Paulino 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 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.
"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."
Runner-up Paulino, a two-time and reigning ASP World Junior Champion, secured precious 1750 points for his ASP World Tour qualification quest.
Paulino, who is seen as one of Brazil's most promising surfers towards a possible ASP World title in the future, impressed with his powerful prowess 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 get closer to my only goal and dream which is to qualify for the ASP World Tour."
Brazil's domination in the Boardmasters was impressive and all three representatives who started the final rounds made it to the semi-finals at least, with Pedro Henrique being the one failing just before the final to Paulino.
Twenty-six-year-old Henrique posted a solid run in the event including one if the event's top rides with a 9.33 point ride in Round 4.
Henrique, who has been on a good roll this year with several big results, was exhausted in his last heat.
"I was very tired in that heat and the conditions were tough", Henrique said. "I felt like my legs were not responding anymore and I was not able to complete my turns well enough. It's been a great event though and I am already looking forward to competing in France."
Henrique, who came to Newquay after getting a runner-up finish in the ASP WQS 6-Star in Japan last week, secures another solid result that will get him closer to a possible ASP Top 45 inception.
South African Weare, 27, a former ASP Top 45 member, was the only non-Brazilian surfer in the Semis and got closer to his re-qualification clinching 1500 ratings' points that will secure his ASP WQS Top 5 spot firmly.
Weare,could not get any wave in his semi-final against Dantas and finished with a low 3.73 point heat score.
"I was just in the wrong spot all heat and could not get any good wave out there", Weare said. "I got far but just one short to the final, I am still happy with it and congratulations to Wiggoly (Dantas). He surfed a smart heat."
Weare, who has had a strong start this year, gets back on the favourites' stage with his equal 3rd result in the Rip Curl Boardmasters and will be a serious contender at all upcoming events including the ASP WQS 6-Star competition starting Tuesday.
Germany's Marlon Lipke was the best European in the event finishing his excellent run in the quarter-finals.
"I did not really know what was going on out there because the on shore wind was just too strong", Lipke said.
Lipke, who came to Newquay rated No. 17 on the ASP WQS international stage, secured 1300 points and climbs up the ratings before attending the ASP WQS 6-Star event at Lacanau in France.
last updated: 11/08/2008 at 10:44