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Gilbert Brown crowned Costa Rica champion

Gilbert Brown, Costa Rica, Playa Jaco, Olympus National Surfing Circuit
Gilbert Brown takes the crown © Alfredo Barquero



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Brown wins final event of Olympus National Surfing Circuit

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 July, 2014 - “Gallo viejo con el ala mata”. (Roughly translated: The old rooster can still kill you.) There’s no better expression than this to explain what happened in the 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit, which saw the surfer from Limón, Gilbert Brown, crowned champion once again. 

The Reef Finals were played out in Playa Hermosa, Jacó ths past weekend, and ended with a dramatic finale of the sort we’re used to with this national tour. Last year, when he had to give up the crown, Brown vowed he would reclaim it. 

Sunday decided everything. We had Maykol Torres in the lead, with Brown ranking second, just waiting for some blunder to let him take first place. Just as they got to the semi-final, Torres did fall, and so ended the semi-final; the waves weren’t on his side and he was left short of the final. Gilbert Brown rubbed his hands together, knowing that the only way to become the champion would be to win the final heat.

It was hardly into the first minute of the heat and the four finalists, Gilbert Brown, Anthony Segura, Luis Vindas and Jason Torres, all caught waves. The 7.50 that Brown scored left him in a very good position, and it was there that his experience in being decisive came into play more than ever – even more so when it was his national surfing reign on the line.

Moments passed and Gilbert awaited the second wave that would take him into first place; it happened and the second wave came in at 7.00, giving a combined total of 14.50.

Leah Hendre

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