Brazilian pips Woods for crown
ONE Brazilian, two late waves and three-quarters of a point prevented Gold Coast hope Thomas Woods from claiming the six-star ASP Hurley Pro Junior at Burleigh Heads yesterday.
With crumbly one-metre waves on offer, Peterson Crisanto claimed a dramatic come-from-behind victory and edged Woods out of the world-record $25,000 winner’s cheque.
“Falling at the final hurdle and missing out on the cash is a bit hard to swallow,” Woods said.
“But to pick up a lot of ratings points is awesome and that will go a long way to helping me realise my dream of competing on the ASP World Junior Tour.
“I’d just like to thank all the Burleigh boys for their support and my family for helping me throughout the week.”
Trailing for most of the 20-minute final, Crisanto produced a 3.50 and a 6.50 (out of 10) on his final two waves to register a combined two-wave total of 10.00 (out of 20) and take the win.
Woods had started the final at his home break in fine fashion, opening with a solid 4.50 and backing it up three waves later with a 4.75.
But when Cristanto hit the front there was no joy for Woods.
Needing only a 5.26, Woods could do nothing as the ocean went flat.
However, Woods remained positive as he exited the water to a supportive cheer from the generous local crowd.
In the earlier semi-finals, Woods accounted for Avoca Beach’s Wade Carmichael while Crisanto defeated American Conner Coffin.
“I’m absolutely speechless,” Crisanto said.
“This is definitely the best day of my life.
“There are so many good surfers in this event and to win $25,000 is unbelievable.”