ASP 3-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador
ASP 3-Star Men's Event
Punta Roca, La Libertad, El Salvador
4 - 8 July, 2012
All-Maui final sees Gaskell defeat Dege O'Connell
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 July, 2012 : - - Punta Roca, La Libertad El Salvador -- Hank Gaskell (HAW), 26, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 3-Star Copa Quiksilver El Salvador, defeating fellow Maui native Dege OConnell (HAW), 22, in firing four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) waves at El Salvadors pristine pointbreak of Punta Roca.
Gaskell peaked in the Final, earning the highest single-wave score of Copa Quiksilver El Salvador competition, 9.33 out of 10, due to an array of power carves, hacks and a frontside air. The Hana surfer found an additional set wave shortly after, taking a 6.50 on his backup ride to solidify the victory over his fellow islander.
That was exciting, Gaskell said. It was so much fun out there and I couldnt have pictured a better final, surfing with one of my best friends. Dege killed that one wave and luckily for me it wasnt as nice as the one that I had. Im so happy, I dont know what to say, the waves are just pumping right now. I felt really shaky in my heats this morning and relaxed after Semifinal and felt really good. I had a really good board and thanks to everyone who supported me.
Dege OConnell continued to rely on his impressive forheand power surfing while advancing to his first career ASP mens final, but was unable to find the waves needed to Gaskell in the Final and finished runner-up.
I couldnt feel better, OConnell said. This is the first final Ive ever made in a mens event and its at a perfect poitnbreak. The wave suits my surfing and Im staying with my best friends. Weve been psyching, surfing early and getting familiar with the wave on every tide and I guess it paid off.
OConnell was elated with his entire experience at El Salvador and sharing the final with a friend offered the ideal finish. This is one of the sickest pointbreaks Ive ever surfed, OConnell said. When youre on the right wave, you just connect the dots. Its hard to get scores, the judges are being conservative and I think its good. The waves are amazing, the people are nice and Im surfing perfect waves with my friends.
Shane Beschen (San Clemente, CA), 40, former standout on the ASP WCT, matched his performance from 2011 with an equal 3rd place finish. The veteran campaigner looked sharp throughout the entirety of competition, but was unable to surpass Gaskell in their Semifinals match up.
Miguel Tudela (PER), 17, was a prime example of the next level of talent emerging from Latin America. The Peruvian upstart consistently put together standout performances in each round, but fell just short of a final berth in a close loss to OConnell in the Semifinal.
For highlights of the Copa Quiksilver El Salvador log on to quiksilver.com/elsalvador. The next event on the ASP North America schedule will be the ASP 4-Star Quiksilver Acapulco Open, which will unfold at Playa Revolcadero in Acapulco, Mexico from July 17 through 22, 2012.
COPA QUIKSILVER EL SALVADOR FINAL RESULT:
1 Hank Gaskell (HAW) 15.83
2 - Dege OConnell (HAW) 11.04
COPA QUIKSILVER EL SALVADOR SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Dege OConnell (HAW) 13.87 def. Miguel Tudela (PER) 13.60
SF 2: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 11.47 def. Shane Beschen (HAW) 8.00
COPA QUIKSILVER EL SALVADOR QUARTERFINALS RESULTS:
QF 1: Miguel Tudela (PER) 8.40 def. Michael Dunphy (USA) 8.30
QF 2: Dege OConnell (HAW) 11.17 def. Gavin Gillette (HAW) 9.17
QF 3: Shane Beschen (HAW) 12.60 def. Joaquin Del Castillo (PER) 11.20
QF 4: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 10.73 def. Evan Thompson (USA) 10.16
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Author: Boby Shadley / Dave Prodan / Sebastián Chacón
Tags: El Salvador, La Libertad, Quiksilver, ASP 3-Star Men's event, ASP North America