10 September – I come back to Canarys by mid August after four months travelling in Australia, Indonesia and Latin America, with my 30th birthday to celebrate. It is good to be at home, get back on the nice daily routine between my family, my training and the waves around.
The season for the North coast of Canarys is starting now and we already have some nice swell in the last few weeks. In a local comp at El Agujero I ride in DK as a good training before Sintra.
Indeed, soon will start the Portuguese leg with the Sintra Pro 2015 – 22 until 27 September – and the Nazare Pro and I feel physically ready and really motivated to compete. My focus : to defend my first place in the World ranking and also my 2014 DK Sintra Pro title.It will be a new challenge for me after the steps in Brazil and Chile. Nothing is easy, you always have to fight.
14 July – Just after my victory in Brazil at Itacoatiara, I arrived in Arica full of motivation but with a bit of pressure: as the 2014 World Champ and the champion of the previous edition. This wave is powerful, consistent and this is one of my favorite wave on tour.
Consequently, I keep strongly focused, from the beginning until the end. I fight step by step, one score after one score, with one aim in head: winning each heat. It asks for physical and mental resistance.
In a heat, until the last second, nothing is lost. Everything can happen if you believe it can happen.
On the final, with Jared Houston, the waves are a big smaller and I know that I have to score some waves early in the heat. In the first five minutes, I get 18pts. Jared has 25 minutes to overpass my score. Late in the heat, his 9,5pts invert allows Jared to get 18pts too. So what? In a final suspenseful exchange with 20 seconds remaining on the clock, we both take off on a split peak. This last effort is no avail. We are ex-aequo when the bell rings. The rule is simple: Jared wins on a tiebreaker with his higher score. 9,5pts.
Congrats buddy you did an amazing contest !
Thanks to all the people involved in the organisation of this contest, by far the most consistent wave on tour. Ten years already that I am coming in Arica and I cant wait to come back to surf Gringo again !