Local Puerto Escondido Surfer Angelo Lozano wins
Lozano claimed the win of the PXM International Vans Pro in front of his home crowd over an international field of finalists including Gabriel Villaran, Ryan Turner and fellow Puerto Escondido local David Rutherford.
Lozano surfed impressively throughout the entire PXM International Vans Pro event, but saved the best for last, topping former Puerto Escondido event champion Rutherford, and Turner, who posted a perfect 10 and netted the event’s highest heat total yesterday.
“I'm very proud and I’m proud of all the local surfers,” Lozano said. “We have a lot of good tube-riders here and if we can get some more events I think we can see a lot more Mexican surfers on the WQS.”
Villaran’s second-place finish at the PXM International Vans Pro marks his second ASP WQS Final appearance, the other being the Monster Energy Pipeline Pro in 2006, proving that he excels in heavy barreling conditions.
“I got a fourth place in the Monster Energy Pipeline Pro in 2006,” Villaran said. “The waves are similar, although my Final at Pipe in Hawaii was much bigger and hollower. But you get some really long barrels here, because you know it's a sand bottom, so you keep going as far as possible before you have to jump off.”
Turner and Rutherford both surfed amazingly throughout the entire event, but were unable to find the scores needed to pass the young local surfer and finished third and fourth respectively.
The PXM International Vans Pro marked the last ASP WQS event of the season in North America, but the series will be back again next year with several events increasing their ratings points and prize purses significantly.
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The ASP World Qualifying Series 3-Star PXM International Vans Pro kicked off today in classic six foot (2 metre) offshore conditions at Puerto Escondido. Todayís action hosted Round 1 and the first four heats of Round 2.
Todayís action saw local standout David Rutherford (Puerto Escondido, MEX), 25, earn the eventís first perfect 10, while Dean Brady (Noosa, AUS), 22, and Ryan Turner (Huntington Beach, CA), 29, were standouts as well.
The PXM International Vans Pro saw two of the top ASP North America Pro Junior Series surfers take advantage of the three-to-five foot surf on offer and advance into the Quarterfinals. Blake Howard (Carpinteria, CA), 26, was also in form today, netting the dayís highest single wave score of a near-perfect 9.0 out of a possible 10.