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Cody Thompson wins Rip Curl 4-Star WQS

Cody Thompson and finalists © Rip Curl

Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico
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ASP 4-Star Men's event
Jobos Beach, Puerto Rico
9 - 10 February 2013

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Cody Thompson claims ASP 4-Star Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 February, 2013 : - - Cody Thompson (Jacksonville, FL), 23, has won the inaugural Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star 2013 Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico presented by over Andrew Doheny (Newport Beach, CA), 20, Evan Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach, FL), 19, and local favorite Dylan Graves (PRI), 27, in four-to-six foot waves at Jobos.

Thompson was trailing throughout the final, but battled back with just seconds on the clock, connecting a long righthander to secure his maiden ASP Qualifying event.

“There were just a couple of medium range scores and I just went and sat by myself,” Thompson said. “Andrew (Doheny) got one in the end and went in to the lead and I knew I didn’t need much. I took off at the end and finally got a little bowl and had two turns. It just worked out. When they said the score I just couldn’t believe it. My brothers were running down the beach and I was just so psyched.”
Thompson was in rhythm through the final day of competition. The talented Floridian was responsible for the highest single-wave score of the event in the Quarterfinals when he lofted a committed alley-oop followed up with a forehand turn. “I was watching the waves from the competitors area and excited to get out there,” Thompson said. “I was watching the wind and thinking about a couple of air sections. I got that one and stuck it. I was hoping I didn’t peak too early, but it worked out.”

                                                    Jobos Beach © Rip Curl

The talented regular-footer was a former standout on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series and hopes his Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico victory will help launch a successful campaign for his 2013 season.  “Ever since they announced they were going to have this event at Jobos, I knew it was going to be an amazing event,” Thompson said. “I’ve been coming down here for years and I was stoked to be a part of this event. To get this win here, I’m stoked and we’ll just take it on to the next one.”
Andrew Doheny was impressive throughout the final day of competition en route to his first major men’s final event. Doheny surfed with 100 percent commitment throughout the event, detonating powerful carves and hacks en route to his runner-up finish.

“It feels really good to make the final,” Doheny said. “Once I made it that far the pressure was off. I’m pretty happy to make it as far as I did and I’m happy with second. The conditions have been challenging the whole time, but at the same time it’s been kind of cool. It separates everyone in the lineup and turns it more in to a surf-off rather than a competitive thing. It’s been a fun event.”
Evan Geiselman was on fire on the final day of competition, unloading searing backhand combinations on the rights of Jobos, but was unable to find the scores needed to take on the win in the close final.

                                                  Cody Thompson © Rip Curl

“My goal was to come here and make the final,” Geiselman said. “Of course once you make the final you always want to win, but I’m happy. I’m glad with how I surfed the whole event, but that final was tough. It just seemed like the whole lineup shut down. No one got big scores in the final. Overall, I’m really happy and excited to get this year going.”
Dylan Graves, local favorite at the Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico, advanced to the Final with the support of his hometown crowd behind him. The talented Puerto Rican capitalized on his local knowledge throughout the event and put on an incredible performance on the way to his fourth place finish.

“There’s nothing better than making a final with a contest at your house,” Graves said. “I don’t really surf Jobos in these conditions all the time and I’m really stoked. The waves are super fun. Thanks to Rip Curl for putting this event on in our backyard. This has been a dream of ours for a long time.”

                                                    Cody Thompson © Rip Curl

 1 – Cody Thompson (USA) 10.10
 2 – Andrew Doheny (USA) 9.96
 3 – Evan Geiselman (USA) 9.83
 4 – Dylan Graves (PRI) 8.96
 SF 1: Dylan Graves (PRI) 13.87, Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.64, Gabe Kling (USA) 11.23, Rob Kelly (USA) 
 SF 2: Andrew Doheny (USA) 14.36, Cody Thompson (USA) 9.76, Cory Lopez (USA) 9.50, Manuel Selman 
 QF 1: Dylan Graves (PRI) 11.90, Rob Kelly (USA) 11.66, Ben Bourgeois (USA) 11.40, Dillon Perillo 
 QF 2: Evan Geiselman (USA) 17.27, Gabe Kling (USA) 11.60, Nils Schweizer (USA) 10.30
 QF 3: Cody Thompson (USA) 16.80, Manuel Selman (CHL) 9.30, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 8.03, Chris Ward 
 QF 4: Andrew Doheny (USA) 12.87, Cory Lopez (USA) 12.63, Brian Toth (PRI) 11.44, Francisco Bellorin 

Check the Full Results


Current WQS Rankings after the Rip Curl Pro 4-Star WQS

1 Florence,John John HAW 2000
2 Ward,Chris  USA 1777
3 Ibelli,Caio  BRA 1193
4 Crews,Mitch  AUS 1172
5 Kerr,Josh  AUS 1125
6 Thompson,Cody  USA 1000
6 Wright,Owen  AUS 1000
8 Eleogram,Olamana HAW 984
9 Kling,Gabe  USA 844
9 Andino,Kolohe  USA 844
9 Coffin,Conner  USA 844
12 Lopez,Cory  USA 808
13 Melling,Adam  AUS 750
13 Doheny,Andrew USA 750
15 Dorrington,Brent  AUS 738
15 McIntosh,Reef HAW 738
15 Payne,Dusty  HAW 738
18 Chapman,Cooper AUS 699
19 Jaquias,Kaimana HAW 653
20 Gray,Alex USA 633
20 Hart,Kahea  HAW 633
20 Irons,Bruce HAW 633
20 Staples,Dale  ZAF 633
24 Woods,Thomas  AUS 600
25 Morais,Frederico PRT 593
25 Cathels,Davey  AUS 593
27 Christie,Ricardo NZL 563
27 Muniz,Alejo  BRA 563
27 Widiarta,Made IDN 563
27 Geiselman,Evan  USA 563
27 Navarro,Matheus BRA 563
32 O'Brien,Jamie  HAW 554
32 Ohno,Masatoshi  JPN 554
32 Zietz,Sebastian HAW 554
32 Mendes,Jesse  BRA 554
36 Stack,Balaram  USA 534
36 Tudela,Miguel PER 534
38 Selman,Manuel CHL 519
39 Toth,Brian  PRI 509
40 Hall,Glenn  IRL 494
40 Carmichael,Wade  AUS 494
42 Graves,Dylan  PRI 492
43 Centeio,Joel  HAW 475
43 Dantas,Wiggolly  BRA 475
43 Gudauskas,Patrick  USA 475
43 Gudauskas,Tanner  USA 475
43 Hickman,Marcus  HAW 475
43 Arrambide,Cory  USA 475
43 Dos Santos,Ricardo BRA 475
50 Huscenot,Maxime FRA 470

Check the Full WQS Ratings

Previous reports:
# 1 :
Puerto Rico 4-Star WQS kicks off at Jobos
# 2 :
Priscilla wins the My Bikini Walk Off in PR
# 3 : Round 3 of ASP Puerto Rico 4-Star heats up

# 4 : Stormy surf stalls Rip Curl Puerto Rico WQS

Source: Rip Curl/ASP

Author: Chelsea Johns

Tags: Puerto Rico, ASP, Rip Curl

WQS: Surfersvillage


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