Cardoso and Pelizzarri win O'Neill Pantin Classic in Spain
William Cardoso (BRA), 22, won the ASP World Qualifying Series 5-Star O'Neill Pantin Classic in three foot (one meter) waves defeating Michel Bourez (PYF) in the final man-on-man battle of the week winning 2000 valuable points counting for the international ratings.
Cardoso, who defeated Bourez in tricky conditions, ended a week of high performance big wave surfing after posting some of the event's best scores for his maiden WQS victory. Cardoso, who will surf in the upcoming event next week, was impressive all week in the massive ten foot (three meter) waves and it was no surprise to see him grab the title today.
Michel Bourez (PYF), 23, did a remarkable comeback by reaching the final today after a disappointing European leg. Bourez, who posted one of four perfect 10.00 point rides of the event on Day 4 of competition, was on fire all week enjoying the big swell but lacked a last wave in the final encounter and finishes overall second. He jumps back to No. 26 on the ratings and will be much awaited at all big events coming up including the Canarian 6-Star Prime rated one and the Hawaiian contests where his shallow-reef experience will be a great assett.
Nic Muscroft (AUS) made his way to the Semifinals after a week of impressive performances but was out of rhythm in his battle against Bourez. He posted the two best heat scores of the week including a 19.03 point tally (out of a possible 20), paddled out as a favorite against the Tahitian charger but could do nothing but watch his opponent open the heat with solid scores. Muscroft, rated No. 25 before Pantin, still secured his best result of the summer and remains a serious contender for a possible ASP World Tour inception next year.
Longtime WQS campaigner Antonio Bortoletto (Durban, ZAF) ended up his excellent run in Semifinals placing 3rd overall in the Movistar O'Neill Pantin Classic. Bortoletto, who was looking to clinch a second career win since his last one in a 5-Star event in England three years ago, could not better Cardoso's power surfing finishing in need of a combination of waves to catch up.
The women's division saw Ornella Pelizzarri (ARG), 21, become the woman of the day clinching her maiden ASP WQS title after showing great talent in both massive and small waves throughout the event. Pelizzarri, who bested Justine Dupont (FRA), Amandine Sanchez (FRA) and Marie Dejean (FRA) in a 4-woman final, impressed with her power surfing on Day 1 of competition and found her way out of a tricky final to win.
Pelizzarri, who was surfing her first event in Pantin, leaves with 875 points and will be heading to Brazil's next Asp WQS 4-Star event confidently.
William Cardoso wins day 2 of the O'Neill Pantin Classic which was treated to a full day of action with twenty heats taking place in testing five to eight foot waves.
Day three and four of the O'Neill Pantin Classic witnessed some of the best action of the year today with testing eight to nine foot waves hitting Pantin and picking up all day.
The expected massive swell hit Pantin on Day 4 of competition and the ASP World Qualifying Series Women and Men's events faced some of the biggest conditions ever surfed on the European leg paddling out in eight to eleven foot waves to try and advance.
Pressure rose upon those in contention for the title as the ASP WQS 5-Star O’Neill Pantin Classic got closer to its end with all quarterfinalists decided in the eight foot (2.5 meter) surf on offer at Pantin today.