It was cold, that’s for sure, but the waves declined to deliver…
All those classic world class surfers, and then along came a pup! Congratulations to 19-year Brazilian old Miguel Pupo.
Miguel defeated Tiago Pires, (PRT), 31, to win the ASP PRIME O’Neill Cold Water Classic California in peaky one-to-three foot (0.5 metre) waves at the backup location of Waddell Creek. He also clinched the additional US$50,000 prize purse as the top finisher on the O’Neill CWC Series. What a great competition for the youngster to win.
“I feel unbelievable right now,” Pupo said. “I was feeling comfortable out there and I was just trying to surf my best and I won. I’ve been surfing a beachbreak my whole life and I’m used to these waves. I was really lucky that we moved to here (Waddell Creek). It could have been a different story if we ran at The Lane.”
At least the limited swell and unfavorable tides suited somebody!
Pires relied on impeccable wave selection as well as classic rail-to-rail power-surfing en route to his equal 3rd place finish and was magnanimous in defeat. “I’m stoked, with these kinds of conditions I didn’t see myself in the final today and I was just really happy to be out there,” Pires said. “Miguel put on a show and I have to take my hat off to him. He’s one of the best surfers in the world in these conditions and he deserves it.”
feature photo courtesy of jackenglish.com