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Caio Ibelli wins the Hainan Classic in China

 Caio Ibelli © ASP/Robertson

Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival

ISA China Cup
Hainan Classic 4-Star Men's ASP event
International Surfing Association
Wanning, Hainan Island, China
25 - 30 January 2013

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Caio Ibelli Wins ASP 4-Star Hainan Classic Over Mitch Crews | espanol

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 January, 2013 : - - Wanning, Hainan, China -- The International Surfing Association (ISA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Hainan Classic, 4-Star Men’s ASP: Brazilian Caio Ibelli placed 1st defeating Australian Mitch Crews in the Final.

“This has been an amazing event filled with lots of surprises. Congratulations to Caio Ibelli for his incredible performance in the long winding waves at the left point in Riyue Bay,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre from his home in La Jolla, California, where he was attending to the needs of a new baby girl born into his family the day before.

Despite smaller conditions on the last day of the competition, Ibelli was able to choose the right waves that gave him the win.  The young and super talented Brazilian earned an 8.33 on his opening ride in the final, and nearing the end of the heat, he tore apart a long left and scored a 9.17 for a heat total of 17.50. The 2011 ASP Billabong World Junior titlist easily defeated Crews’ 11.00 total for the Hainan Classic trophy and top cash prize.

Ibelli, the 2011 ASP World Junior Champion was by far the one standout performer of the event. He had four of the top eight wave scores of the event and four of the top five two-wave heat totals.

                                                Caio Ibelli © ISA/Gonzalez

"I'm really happy to go and do the Australian events after this win," Ibelli said. "Mitch (Crews) is a really good surfer. He's been surfing good all week, so I'm really happy to finish first. I came a week early to get to know the waves and it definitely helped me a lot. I'm so happy!"

Ibelli almost didn't make the final, after a close call in his Semifinal against fellow Brazilian and Oakley stablemate Matheus Navarro (BRA). The pair battled hard, but it was Ibelli's last minute wave that made him progress, with the score being read out after both surfers were on the sand.

"Matheus (Navarro) is a guy I always travel with," Ibelli said. "That was a really tough heat, there wasn't a lot of waves and he is my friend. He was in first place for the whole heat, then I got a 4.60 on the last wave in the last second."

Crews, who also got 2nd place at the ISA China Cup last week, takes home his second runner-up finish in two weeks. The young surfer from the Gold Coast, Australia is happy with a consistent start to the year and is looking to keep the momentum going as the ASP World Tour heads to his hometown in Australia.

                                                      Mitch Crews © ISA/Gonzalez

"Caio (Ibelli) got an eight point ride at the start," Crews said. "I sat and waited for a good wave for about 10 minutes, but couldn't really find one. Then he kept picking off the little runners and that was it. The conditions were deteriorating all day and there was only a few good waves in that final. I'm happy with my performance though. I had a goal before I came to China to make both of the Finals and I did. To get all the way to the final and get second is always a bummer, but Caio has been getting 9.00 point rides all week so full credit to him. The ocean was against me in that one and I'm just going to have to flair up in the next one."

Made Widiarta (IND), the last goofy-footer (right foot forward) left in the event, went down to Crews in the Semifinals. Widiarta surfed fast and progressive all event and was excited to finish equal 3rd in his first ASP World Tour event.

"I feel stoked," Widiarta said. "This is pretty much my first time in an ASP star event and to make the Semifinal is great for me. I'm so stoked. The conditions got hard out there and I saw Mitch (Crews) get a good wave, but I couldn't find one. It was still fun, I'm so happy now."

Gabe Kling (USA), former ASP World Championship Tour campaigner was eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Ibelli, finishing the event equal 5th place. Kling was on fire all event, even posting some excellent scores in his Quarterfinal loss, but he couldn't match the event's top heat total scorer Ibelli.

                                              Made Widiarta © ISA/Gonzalez

"It's been fun here," Kling said. "The surf was really small for the ISA event and team USA bombed out, everybody had shockers. So it feels good to make a few heats in the ASP event. I've been watching the whole event and Caio (Ibelli) was probably the guy I didn't want to draw when it went to man-on-man. Then he got me. I had a chance at the end, but then he scored a nine and that was it."

The end of the Hainan Classic brought a close to this year's Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival. ISA President Fernando Aguerre is thrilled with the success of the partnership between the ISA and the ASP for the two events.

"This has been an amazing event filled with lots of surprises," said Aguerre. "Congratulations to Caio Ibelli for his incredible performance in the long winding waves at the left point in Riyue Bay. In the name of the ISA and the over 35 million surfers in the world, I would like to thank China's National Water Sports Association, the Hainan Culture and Sports Department, the Wanning Sports Bureau, and especially our great partners, Womei Media. With all of their support, I am looking forward to coming back to Hainan, for the third time next year, for what will be a bigger and even better event."

Hainan Classic full coverage 

1st - Caio Ibelli (BRA) 17.50, 2nd - Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.00
SF 1: Mitch Crews (AUS) 17.16 def. Made Widiarta (IND) 13.26
SF 2: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 11.60 def. Matheus Navarro (BRA) 110..
QF 1: Made Widiarta (IND) 15.60 def. Raditya Rondi (IND) 11.70
QF 2: Mitch Crews (AUS) 14.86 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.00
QF 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 17.67 def Gabe Kling (USA) 14.17
QF 4: Matheus Navarro (BRA) 14.67 def. Cooper Chapman (AUS) 9.33

Check the Full Results

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Slideshows: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Previous reports:
# 1 : China prepares for International Surfing Fest
# 2 :
Aussies & Peruvians picked for ISA China Cup
# 3 : Final teams named for the 2013 ISA China Cup

# 4 : ISA China Cup pre-event Slideshow/Video
# 5 :
The Greatest Opening Ceremony in Surfing
# 6 :
Day 1 of ISA China Cup froths in small surf
# 7 : Team Australia wins ISA China Cup 2013
# 8 :
Hainan Classic kicks off in good surf 
# 9 :
China turns on Day 2 of Hainan Classic

The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the World Governing Authority for Surfing. It was originally founded as the International Surfing Federation in 1964 and has been running the Open Division World Championship since 1964, the World Junior Surfing Championship since 1980, the World Masters Surfing Championship since 2007, the World Bodyboard Championship since 2011, the Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival in China, and the World Standup Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship beginning in 2012. The ISA also sanctions the World Kneeboard Titles and the World Tandem Surfing Championship, and will launch the World Longboard Championship in 2013.

ISA membership includes the surfing National Governing Bodies of 72 countries on five continents. Its headquarters are located in La Jolla, California. It is presided over by Fernando Aguerre (Argentina), first elected President in 1994 in Rio de Janeiro and re-elected seven times since. The ISA's four Vice-Presidents are Alan Atkins (AUS), Karín Sierralta (PER), Debbie Beacham (USA) and Layne Beachley (AUS).

Source: ISA

Author: Carlos Escaba/Steve Robertson

Tags: Hainan Wanning Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival, China, ISA

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