Rip Curl Pro Argentina
WSL QS Men's Event
WSL QS Women's Event
Mar Del Plata, Argentina
31 March - 5 April 2015
Brazilian goofyfoot Robson Santos takes home first QS victory
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 April, 2015 - Mar del Plata, Argentina - Robson Santos celebrated his maiden victory today at the 2015 World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS1500) Rip Curl Pro Argentina in Mar del Plata. Santos defeated Nic Hdez in the Final by a score of 15.17 (8.17 + 7.00) to 10.67 (5.67 + 5.00). With his win, Santos earned U$8,000 in prize money and 1,500 WSL QS ranking points. In addition, Santos received an extra 1,000 points valid towards the 2015 WSL South America Series ranking.
"I’m very, very, very happy! This is my first victory on the QS. I’d like to thank God and everyone that’s been supporting and believing in me. Now it’s time to head back home (Sao Paulo) and get back into training mode because there’s another contest next week," claimed an ecstatic Santos. "Unfortunately, I don’t have enough backing to dedicate myself to the QS. I’d like to have a sponsor that could support me in my dream of making it onto the World Tour. In the meantime, I’ll focus on the contests on the Brazilian national circuit. I’m super stoked with my win here in Argentina and now I’m going to grab something to eat and celebrate because I’m starving."
During the initial days of competition at the Rip Curl Pro Argentina, conditions never provided waves higher than the 1-2 ft. (0.5 meter) range at the lefthand jetty at Playa Grande. This made wave selection crucial and kept the athletes on their toes in terms of strategy. On the final day of competition (Sunday), wave height increased into the 2-3 ft. (0.5-1 meter) area, however challenging conditions continued as strong winds degraded wave formation.
Robson Santos © WSL/Rodrigo Mairal
No one showed better judgment on which waves to paddle into than Santos. He started off the day by narrowly defeating local favorite Leandro Usuna in Heat 1 of the Quarterfinals, 14.40 to 13.75 respectively. In the Semifinals, Santos advanced again after taking down the experienced competitor Hizunome Bettero, 14.35 to 13.50.
On the other side of the heat draw, Hdez showed great poise as he steadily advanced day after day at the Rip Curl Pro Argentina. The young American displayed polished surfing on his way to the Final. In Heat 3 of the Quarterfinals, Hdez overcame Luel Felipe, who looked lightening-quick throughout the week.
Afterwards, Hdez faced Lucas Silveira, who received recent acclaim after his efforts during the 2014 year-end Hawaiian leg. However, in today’s conditions, Hdez nudged past Silveira by a score of 13.60 to 12.10 to reach the Finals. For his runner-up finish, Hdez took home U$4,000 and 1,125 WSL QS ranking points.
The 2015 WSL QS1500 Rip Curl Pro Argentina in Mar del Plata was the first QS event of the year held in South America. The next QS event will be the QS10000 Quiksilver Saquarema Pro presented by Powerade at Praia de Itauna, in Saquarema, Brazil from May 4-10. Following that will be the QS1500 Maui and Sons Arica Pro Tour at El Gringo in Arica, Chile from August 4-9.