The Las Americas Pro Tenerife came to a close today in super fun three-to-four foot surf to crown Ruben Vitoriaand Mikaela Greene as the event champions. Slow and small conditions early this morning gave way to more sets and clean, long lefts for an exciting finals day at Las Americas.
Over in the men's final, Jorgann continued his path of destruction against Ruben Vitoria, with a right-hander for a change, and goes for the air right on the horn to post an 8.67 and clearly state his intentions to take it out. He then nabs a really fun left and posts an even better 8.83 to put Ruben in combo-land.
Twenty minutes in, Ruben finally gets a good wave and performs five sick turns on his backhand for a 9.10 that puts him right back in the heat. High on confidence, the Basque paddles back out and finds an absolute bomb, tears it apart from start to finish and posts the first and only perfect 10 point ride across the board to unbelievably put Jorgann in combo-land.
Jorgann tries but there's no way to climb out of that pothole and eventually Ruben claims his first ever QS title with a near-perfect heat total of 19.10.
"I was in combo but I always thought I had a shot so I tried to stay relaxed and focus," he said. "When I saw that bomb I knew it had the potential to get the score and honestly when I finished the wave I kinda knew I had done the job, it was incredible. It's a dream come true for me to win this event.”
Meanwhile, the two best female surfers all week Pauline Ado and Mikaela Greene met in the women's final. Pauline and Mikaela get a first wave early, Pauline gets the best looking one but Mikaela attacks hers more vertically and turns in a stronger score, 7.00 over Pauline's 5.67. The French adds another medium score, then a 6+ to her heat tally to claim an early lead on the final.
A little after mid-final, Mikaela finds a great wave this time and continues to apply her vertical, radical backhand attack of the left walls to post an 8.90 and take pole position. Pauline at this point basically needs two more waves, or a near-impossible 9.33 to overtake Mikaela.
Time runs out and the situation remains unchanged, with the Australian crowned the 2018 Las Americas Pro Tenerife Champion.Pauline nabs a runner-up finish and keeps her good form going before the all-important Australian QS leg coming up.
With a second event completed for the men and a first for the women, the new European Top 5 stand as follows.
Men's European Top 5:
1 - Ruben Vitoria
2 - Jorgann Couzinet
3 - Nelson Cloarec
4 - Charly Martin
5 - Gony Zubizarreta
Women's European Top 5:
1 - Pauline Ado
2 - Maud Le Car
2 - Marion Philippe
3 - Leticia Canales Bilbao
3 - Camilla Kemp
The next event counting towards the European rankings will be the men and women's QS3,000 Martinique Surf Pro, from March 17-24.