Saturday, August 13, 2016: Australians Claire Bevilacqua and Shane Campbell Win QS Titles at Boardmasters, Cornwall.
The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) Boardmasters, Cornwall event has come to a close after a good three-to-four foot surf competition at Fistral beach.
Claire Bevilacqua opened the final heat of the Women’s QS event with a solid wave and posted a 6.83 to establish a commanding lead. Ariane Ochoa tried to answer back quickly but failed to match Bevilacqua’s performance on her first attempts early in the heat. Ochoa was determined and tried to find better waves and opportunities and was able to score a 6.90 with her backhand hacks.
Bevilacqua was able to find rhythm on another good wave and posted a wave score of 6.00 which helped extend her lead further. Her lead was sufficient enough that despite efforts of Ochoa, she was able to emerge as the winner earning her 1000 points for the Qualifying Series.
On the other hand the Men’s QS event had Shane Campbell and Angelo Bonomelli facing off for the title. There were multiple exchanges of good waves between the two right from the beginning of the final heat. Australian, Shane Campbell was able to post a wave score of 6.33 to establish his lead.
With only around 10 minutes left in the final heat, the Italian, Angelo Bonomelli went off the same wave as Campbell, who had priority, so he was called out by the judges for interference for altering the wave scoring potential of his opponent. He was left with only one score counted in his total.
Despite the mishap, the Italian put on a clinic on a long left-hander and he was tearing it down with powerful speed and flow. This earned him the only perfect 10 point wave of the event.
Campbell continued to improve his current led with solid surfing on his forehand. The buzzer finally sounded and Campbell claimed the Boardmasters QS event title.
Angelo Bonomelli, despite the unfortunate incident has claimed a career-highest second place result in Newquay. He has his eyes set on keeping his good streak when he heads to France for the next two QS events of the European region’s summer leg.
Current QS Top 5 Rankings post Boardmasters, Cornwall event:
Men’s European QS
1 – Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY)
2 – Jorgann Couzinet (REU)
3 – Gony Zubizarreta (ESP)
4 – Andy Criere (FRA)
5 – Pedro Henrique (PRT)
Women’s European QS
1 – Ariane Ochoa (EUK)
2 – Garazi Sanchez-Ortun (EUK)
3 – Pauline Ado (FRA)
4 – Keshia Seelow-Eyre (GBR)
5 – Carol Henrique (PRT)