Surf Open Acapulco
ASP 4-Star Men's WQS
Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco, Mexico
8 - 12 July 2014
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Davis stormed the field to take the 4-Star win
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 July, 2014 - Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco, Mexico - Luke Davis (USA) has won the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4 Star Surf Open Acapulco in flawless two to four foot surf at Playa Revolcadero, Acapulco, Mexico. This marks Davis’s first ever ASP Qualifying Series victory.
The San Clemente native opened his campaign in the Final with an impressive 8.00 where he tore apart a long right-hander, launching two different airs to start and finish the wave. Later in the heat, Luke put together another solid ride, backing up his high score with a 7.97, bringing his two-wave total to 15.97. While sitting in the pole position the entire heat, Davis was in his best form looking smooth and relaxed.
“I love Acapulco, this event has been so fun. Since the day I got here I’ve just felt really comfortable and everything has been really positive.” Explained Davis, “The last time I made a final was in Virginia about four years ago, where Brother (Kalohe Andino) beat me, so to finally win boosts my confidence so much. I’m just going to go back home now and surf, relax, and get ready for the U.S. Open”
With Luke receiving 1,000 ratings points, this win will put him in good position going into the U.S. Open, where he hopes to carry this momentum straight into another good result.
Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) was the surfer to beat the entire event. The regular-footer stuck to his strategy and sat on the lefts, favoring his backside, but couldn’t find another solid score after his opening 7.00 ride. This the Costa Rican’s first time making a QS Final, and he will walk away with 750 points. Noe’s 2nd place finish betters his result from last year in Acapulco where he finished equal 9th.
“My goal was to better my result from last year so I accomplished that. I felt really confident going into the Final, but the waves just didn’t really come to me and my strategy didn’t work out how it had in other heats. To make the my first QS Final feels amazing though and hopefully I can build from here.”
Leandro Usana (ARG) had an impressive showing throughout the whole event and missed out on making the Final by a slim margin against Luke Davis. The Semi-Finalist walks away from the event with a solid 563 points, which will give him a boost in the QS rankings and provide some confidence going into the second half of the year. Usana looks towards making it into some ASP Prime events where he can potentially earn some crucial qualifying points.
“This contest was really important for me going into the next half of the year. I was really focused on getting some points this event and having a good result so I can get to Azores (ASP Prime event), so I was really stoked to have made the Semi-Finals. I love coming here to Acapulco though. The waves are awesome, the weather is nice, the food is amazing, and I have a lot of friends in Mexico so I’ve been feeling really good.”
Semifinalist Nathaniel Curran (USA) was on fire the past few days as well, displaying smooth, powerful surfing. In his Semi-Final heat against Noe Mar, Curran dropped an 8.30 on a big left in the final minutes, placing him within striking distance. Unfortunately for Curran, the ocean went calm as time ticked away, leaving the door open for the in-form McGonagle to take the win.
“I’ve had a blast here in Acapulco and the waves have been super fun. I had a good rhythm in the majority of all my heats, but unfortunately in the Semis luck just ran out. There weren’t too many waves where I was sitting, and it was a bummer because I felt good; I just needed a wave. Sometimes the ocean just doesn’t cooperate though. Hopefully I can get into the US Open and keep the ball rolling.”
2014 Surf Open Acapulco Final Results
1st: Luke Davis (USA) 15.97
2nd: Noe Mar McGonagle 13.63
SF 1: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 15.84, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 8.30
SF 2: Leandro Usana (ARG) 12.10, Luke Davis (USA) 13.37
QF 1: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 12.23, Nathan Yoemans (USA) 6.00
QF 2: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 16.17, Matheus Navarro (BRA) 11.87
QF 3: Leandro Usuna (ARG) 10.50, Pedro Henrique (BRA) 9.80
QF 4: Luke Davis (USA) 13.50, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 12.50