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Tanner Hendrickson wins Quiksilver Open Acapulco

Tanner Hendrickson Quiksilver / Roberts


Quiksilver Surf Open Acapulco

ASP 4-Star Men's Event
Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco Mexico
17 - 22 July 2012

Hendrickson relied on his fitness to battle the trying close-out conditions | espanol

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 July, 2012 : - - Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco -- Tanner Hendrickson (Haiku, HI), 20, has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star Quiksilver Surf Open Acapulco in challenging six foot (2 metre) waves at Playa Revolcadero over Leigh Sedley (Queensland,AUS), 28, by a score of 12.03 to 5.04 to secure his first major ASP victory. 

Hendrickson relied on his fitness on the last day of competition to battle the trying close-out conditions on his way to the final. The Maui standout topped fellow Hawaiian Gavin Gillette (Kauai, HI), 26, and North Carolinas Michael Powell (Wrightsville Beach, NC), 24, in close heats and went on to win the final in dominant fashion.

This is the best feeling in the world right now, I cant even believe this, Hendrickson said. That was exhausting. Its one thing to keep duck diving, but when the weather gets this hot you get so warn down and tired. Its pretty crazy and Im so happy right now I dont know what to say.

Sedley quietly advanced through the opening rounds of competition with ideal wave selection and earned the highest single-wave score on the final day of an 8-point ride, but the Australian was unable to find an open faced wave in the Final and finished runner up overall.  

In the end Im just glad its over right now because Im so tired, Sedley said. In the final it kind of pulsed a little bit and we got caught in a rip in the first half and Tanner was just lucky to be Johnny on the spot, but congrats to him on the win. He surfed well the whole event. I wish I had a better chance, but Im happy. I havent been completing much lately, so I didnt expect to make the final.

Michael Powell (Wrightsville Beach, NC), 24, had a breakthrough performance at the Quiksilver Surf Open Acapulco, far surpassing any of his previous results on the way to his equal 3rd place finish. Powell battled hard in his Semifinal heat against Hendrickson, but fell just short of the score needed to surpass the Hawaiian for a spot in the final.

Im happy, Powell said. This is by far the furthest Ive made it in an ASP event and its a little disappointing to make it this far and get cut, but Im happy. Im definitely doing the Virginia Beach contest and hopefully I can carry some momentum over to there.

Carlos Munoz (CRI), 19, was a standout throughout the entire event, displaying an array of progressive airs and turns while advancing to the final day of the Quiksilver Surf Open Acapulco. Munoz surpassed East Coast talent Michael Dunphy (Virginia Beach, VA), 22, in their Quarterfinals bout, but was unable to top Sedley in their Semifinals result to finish equal 3rd overall.

The waves were really inconsistent and its really hard out there, but I tried my best, Munoz said. I was waiting patiently and I couldnt find a good one, but Im happy to be here doing events in Latin America.

Munoz, who is currently competing in his first year in mens ASP events, was happy to capitalize on the crucial points available in the recent Latin American events and has his sights set on the ASP Prime events in the future.

Im trying to qualify for the Prime events and the points are going to help, Munoz said. Its been great to have these events in Latin America and hopefully well have more in the future.

1 Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 12.33
2 Leigh Sedley (AUS) 5.54

SF 1: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 8.80 def. Michael Powell (USA) 8.77
SF 2: Leigh Sedley (AUS) 12.10 def. Carlos Munoz (CRI) 7.00

QF 1: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 9.07 def. Gavin Gillette (HAW) 8.15
QF 2: Michael Powell (USA) 7.46 def. Colin Moran (USA) 3.87
QF 3: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 12.10 def. Michael Dunphy (USA) 10.23
QF 4: Leigh Sedley (AUS) 13.33 def. Miguel Tudela (PER) 11.14

Previous Reports:
# 1 :
Quiksilver Open Acapulco kicks off at Playa Revolcadero
# 2 : Internationals go big Day 2 of Quiksilver Open Acapulco
# 3 :
Scoring shortage at Quiksilver Open Acapulco Day Three
# 4 : Top seeds dominate on Day 4 of Quiksilver Acapulco

Source: ASP World Tour

Author: Dave Prodan / Bobby Shadley

Tags: Mexico, Quiksilver, Quiksilver Surf Open Acapulco

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