Muscroft wins Santa Surf Pro in Lanzarote
Nic Muscroft (AUS), won the ASP WQS 6-Star Prime Santa Surf Pro clinching valuable 3000 ratings' points that rocket him to No. 10 on the international ratings and increases his chances of qualifying for next year’s World Tour.
Muscroft, who defeated Oahu's North Shore former ASP World Junior Champion Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) in wind blown three foot (one meter) waves at the world-class lefthander of San Juan, was impressive throughout the week with his consistency and unstoppable state of mind.
Muscroft, who posted a solid 14.43 point heat tally to best Bacalso's threatening 14.00 point score (both out of a possible 20), was in good form all week and ended up winning his first event this year in a wave-starved 35-minute final battle where Bacalso was never able to find the 5.60 point ride he needed.
"It was gnarly, probably the gnarliest finish I have ever had," Muscroft said. "It was stressfull for me and I’m sure it was for Kekoa (Bacalso) as well. We had fifteen minutes with no waves right after I got my last one so I could not hope for more. He still had priority so I knew that he would make it if a wave came because he had been surfing so good the whole week."
Muscroft, who surfed seventeen ASP WQS events as well as most ASP World Tour contests thanks to an injury replacement wildcard, eventually sees his efforts pay off with the biggest win of his career to date.
"I feel like I have been surfing good the whole year and been pretty consistent," Muscroft said. "I knew it was more a matter of time before something came through with a big result so it is just amazing. I am over the moon right now."
Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), 23, ASP World Junior Champion in 2006 and renowned for his powerful surfing, got the best wave of the final but lacked a back-up score to secure a second ASP WQS 6-Star Prime win this year after his victory in the Maldives in June. Bacalso, who posted two of the ten best heat scores of the event including an impressive 16.84 point total in Quarterfinals, lost by 0.43 point only not finding any second wave after opening his final run with an 8.83.
"I sat out there waiting for a second wave but the tide just came in way too much," Bacalso said. "I am stoked to be in the final but still feeling frustrated a bit not to get that win."
Bacalso, who defeated Phil MacDonald (AUS) in Semifinal No. 2, climbs up to 21st on the ratings and will be a favorite on his homelands of Hawaii for the finish in Haleiiwa and Sunset's 6-Star Prime events.
"It is still a long way and many events to go so I am not thinking of ratings," Bacalso said. "The North shore is my backyard, my battle ground so bring it on, I am ready to do well at home."
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