Alarcón wins Reef Latin Pro Peru
Peruvian Sebastián Alarcón won the Reef Classic Latin Pro Perú 2007. The Latin Tour third stage ended with Punta Rocas break in Peru offering three to four feet perfect waves. Alarcón beat Brazilian Alardreson Martins on an exciting final that had a close final score of 13.76 versus 13.33.
The final heat started with the Brazilian gaining the leadership, scoring a 5.67 and a 6.83, after he rode two fast rights he strongly attacked. Alarcón began with a 5.67 and stayed needing a 6.9 that he reached on the middle of the heat when he filled with seven manoeuvres on set wave, scoring 7.83. Later he improved his second best ride with a 6.03. The Brazilian stayed in need of 7.03 for the last eight minutes. With four minutes remaining he got a good right that was also packed with good moves and received 6.5 from the judges, not quite enough to re-gain the lead.
After his close win, the Peruvian said: "The contest was more than exciting, I think that yesterday I surfed bad and only made it through thanks to God. Today I came here wanting to do the things good and everything came out fine. The Brazilian was ripping, nowadays everybody has the level to win, but today was my day and I´m so happy for that."
About his rating leadership, Sebastián said: "Now the toughest part is about to come, to defend the leadership. I think that getting there with three stages is kind of easy, everybody wants to win and now they´re going to be trying to bite me, I know. It´s the first time I have the leadership, I hope to be able to face the upcoming challenges."
Meanwhile, the Brazilian Alardreson Martins, who came fresh from a victory in Chile last weekend, achieved an amazing second place that also gives him second place in the Latin Tour ratings. "The heat was difficult, I did a good wave selection but I wasn´t able to get the one I needed to win," he said. "The conditions weren´t wasy to find a good ride and my adversary found the right one and he performed well, that´s why he ended being the Champion; he surfs really good and is an experienced surfer. I'm feeling good. Now I'm second on the ratings and I´m going with everything, the contest has just begun, this is only the beginning."
Matías Mulanovich from Peru and the Current Latin Tour Champion, Martín Passeri from Argentina placed third. Mulanovich lost against his fellow country man Sebastián Alarcón, meanwhile Passeri lost against Alardreson Martins.
Passeri said after his heat: "I think that the strategy I used was OK because Alardreson didn´t started well the heat, but then he scored some good rides, I was needing more than a 6.00 that I knew I could get on a set wave, but when it came I did one maneuver and couldn´t find the space to make another, anyway a third on a six stars event is a great result".
The Pro Junior division was dominated by the Argentinean Leandro Usuna, "Lele" as he's also known, did a great wave approach, printing clean lines on the perfect Punta Rocas waves. Two times Latin American Junior Champ, Manuel Selman from Chile placed scond, José Manuel Trujillo from Mexico placed third and Peruvian Piero Delucchi placed fourth.
"The contest was really fun, I love this country, not only because of the people but also for the amazing waves it has. I was focused for this contest, I felt great, I think my surfing was working for this type of waves, I was lucky and I surfed well. On the Open Pro I stayed on the fifth round but in the Pro Junior I won and that´s why I´m more than proud and happy to be here," commented Usuna once out of the water.
The Longboard division was won for the third consecutive time by the Argentinean Martín Pérez that now have a strong ratings lead. Coming from a win at his house and then a win in Chile, Pérez did more than 3.000 kilometers on a bus to reach the Punta Rocas waves and win the contest. Peruvian Tamil Martino from Perú placed second, Osvaldo Borbor from Ecuador placed third and Domingo Pianezzi also from Peru placed fourth.
Analí Gómez from Peru was the winner of the Ladies division, making a great backside approach the local showed why she's the World Pro Junior Surfing Champion. Runner-up and left in second was Argentinean Agostina Pellizari and in third and fourth her fellow countrywomen Alexia Jeri and Valeria Solé respectively.
Latin American rating after three stages
- 1º.- Sebastián Alarcón (PER) - 14040 puntos
- 2º.- Alardreson Martins (BRA) - 11160 puntos
- 3º.- Martín Passeri (ARG) - 10440 puntos
- 4º.- Jean Carlo Schaffer (VEN) - 10320 puntos
- 5º.- Gilbert Brown (CRI) - 10080 puntos
- 6º.- Diego Medina (CHI) - 9600 puntos
- 7º.- Luis Vindas (CRI) - 9540 puntos
- 8º.- Diego Naranjo (CRI) - 9360 puntos
- 9º.- Luis María Iturria (URU) - 9060 puntos
- 10º.- Ernesto Nunes (BRA) - 8940 puntos