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Bourez and Fitzgibbons Claim Billabong Rio Pro

mardi 13 mai 2014Information World Surf League

An epic Finals day at the Billabong Rio Pro and Rio Women’s Pro presented by Billabong, Stop No. 4 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), saw Michel Bourez (PYF) and Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) claim victory after a day of barreling waves at Barra Da Tijuca.

Michel Bourez (PYF) won his second WCT event of the season, besting defending event winner Jordy Smith (ZAF) and veteran Taj Burrow (AUS) before his win over California prodigy Kolohe Andino in a hard-fought final. The Tahitian struck first in the 30 minute affair, posting his two keeper scores of 7.17 and 6.67 in the opening half of the heat. The win vaults Bourez to No. 4 on the ASP WCT rankings.

“This win is amazing and I feel great,” said Michel Bourez. “I didn’t expect to win two events in the same year so it feels brilliant. It’s great to be here in Rio and have another win - I’m so happy. I’m really glad I came and to have a final against a good friend of mine is wonderful. He (Kolohe Andino) is someone I think will be huge in a few years. Rio is beautiful, I love this place. There’s so many things going on and so many people that are passionate about sports and surfing.”

“I have so many good memories of Brazil,” said Kolohe Andino. “To make my first WCT Final here in front of the wonderful crowd is a pleasure. I’m very happy with the result.”

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) claimed her first major victory this year, winning the Rio Women’s Pro presented by Billabong with a sensational performance against reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW). While Moore jumped out to an early lead, Fitzgibbons fought back, posting scores of 9.27 and 7.00, securing her second career Rio Women’s Pro victory. Fitzgibbons defeated Coco Ho (HAW) and defending event winner Tyler Wright (AUS) before defeating the Hawaiian for the win. Her effort moves her to No. 2 on the ASP Women’s WCT rankings behind Moore, who remains at No. 1.

“A lot of hard work went into this victory and I’m so happy,” said Sally Fitzgibbons. “There’s a great rivalry between myself and Carissa (Moore). We always have such great battles and I knew I had to step things up after the Semifinal to take the win. The crowd was sending me great vibes out in the water and that really helped. It’s a long year but I think I have a lot of strong surfing left in me. I’m really excited to get over to Fiji and try and get another result like this.”

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