Amazing Aerials At 2011 ASP O誰eill Cold Water Classic California

Despite unfavorable tides and less-than-desirable waves at the 2011 ASP O'Neill Cold Water Classic, Miguel Pupo was able to show off his aerial skills. The young Brazilian put up enough of a fight to take home the event win.

Miguel Pupo.  Photo: ASP/ShadleyMiguel Pupo defeated Tiago Pires to win the 2011 ASP O’Neill Cold Water Classic California in peaky one-to-three foot waves at the backup location of Waddell Creek and also clinched the additional $50,000 prize purse as the top finisher on the O’Neill CWC Series.

Miguel Pupo dominated the final against the Portuguese veteran and relied on his patented aerial game on the lefthand ramps of Waddell Creek to solidify his victory with two near-perfect scores of 9.33 and 9.60, the highest single-wave score of the event.

“I feel unbelievable right now,” said Pupo. “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.”

In addition to Pupo’s dominant effort in the Final, the high-flying Brazilian rampaged to a near-perfect heat of 19.14 out of 20, the event’s highest, to kick off his run on the final day.

Pupo topped local favorite Nat Young and fellow countrymen Willian Cardoso before defeating 2011 ASP World Tour campaigner Pires in the Final.

“I was really nervous to surf against Nat (Young) and I knew it was going to be a hard heat,” Pupo said. “He’s one of the best juniors in the world and a local out here. Luckily I caught a couple of waves and eventually got those two 9’s.”

Pupo, who joined the elite ASP Top 34 after the midyear rotation, climbs the standings compliments of his victory at the Cold Water Classic in California, substantially increasing his chances of requalification for the start of the 2012 season.

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