On the final day of competition at the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) maintained his high-performance surfing to defeat Paul Cesar Distinguin (FRA) by a score of 11.25 to 8.90, respectively. With his win today, Ribeiro earned US$15,000 in prize money and 1,000 points, which places him at 37th on the ASP Qualification Series rankings.
Prior to the start of the Mahalo Surf Eco Festival, Ribeiro was leading the rankings for the ASP South America title. After his victory in Itacare, he has seized control for the continental championship. The final event of the ASP South America Series will occur at the O’Neill SP Prime at Maresias Beach from November 3-9. Jesse Mendes (BRA) and Michael Rodrigues (BRA) are the only other athletes that are in contention for the Title.
Distinguin earned a 9.25 for a deep barrel ride in the Quarterfinals for the highest single-wave score of the Festival on Friday. He also displayed an impressive aerial attack throughout the event but was unable to repeat his performance during the Final against Alex Ribeiro.
In the Women’s division, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) defeated Alessa Quizon (HAW) by a score of 14.70 to 13.60 in an all-Hawaiian heat at Praia da Tiririca. Both surfers will be part of the 2015 World Championship Tour and have further solidified their classification with their results at the ASP 4-Star Mahalo Surf Eco Festival presented by Skol.
Jacqueline Silva (BRA) lost in the Semifinals to Weston-Webb but with her result today, she has practically guaranteed her title as the 2014 ASP South America champion. Despite having one event left on the calendar (Maui and Sons Pichilemu Pro from November 13-16 in Chile), neither Silva nor the remaining athletes in contention (Silvana Lima and Suelen Naraisa) will be participating in the event.