Venezuelan Jean Carlo Schaffer was crowned the champion of the eighth stage of the ALAS Latin and Caribbean Tour, the Quiksilver Latin Pro Venezuela, that ended with four to six feet waves on the legendary Punta Los Caracas beach.

Schaffer dominated the final from beginning to end, thanks to an early interference from his fellow countryman Rafael Pereira, which left Pereira in need of a combination of two waves to win.

Pereira put up a fight and landed a great aerial worth 7.25 with five minutes to go, however he still needed 9.7 to win and just couldn't find the waves, giving victory to Schaffer with 15.77 and Pereira coming in second with 9.77.

Placing third, with great performances throughout the contest were the under-18 surfers Francisco Bellorin who lost to Pereira and Jesús Chacón, who lost to Schaffer.

The result leaves Schaffer with a chance to be crowned as the Latin American Surfing Champion on the next and final stage of the contest at Puerto Rico, that will be held from December 1-3rd.

The Ladies Champion was the local Rosaura Álvarez who showed good surfing to score 11.56 and beat Jocelyn Aldana - who scored 10.94 - in a close heat. Joalys Ramos placed third and Simone Zea placed fourth.

In the Longboard division, the classic rivalry between recently crowned Latin Champ, Gerhard Weilheim and the Defending Champ, Ronald Reyes, came to the surface once again, in a close final in which all the contestants showed a great longboarding level.

Reyes sealed his victory after doing a long and stylish hang five that was followed with great manouvers to the shore to score 15.54 on his combined score, leaving Weilheim in second with 13.57. Rubén Cedeño from Venezuela placed third and Karin Sierralta from Peru in fourth.

On the Juniors side, a close final was carried out by Venezuelans Francisco Bellorin, Jesús Chacón and Rafael Pereira, along with the Peruvian Manuel Roncalla. A gap of less than two points separated Bellorin that won with 12.10 on his best two, with Pereira that scored 10.27, placing fourth. Second and third placed Chacón and Roncalla respectively.

The ALAS Latin and Caribbean Tour will continue at the "Charmed Island", with the Reef Classic Latin Pro Puerto Rico, that will define if Jean Carlo Schaffer or Martín Passeri win the 2006 Latin title.

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