- 10 November 2011 | Bodyboarding
Pierre Louis Costes has conquered the Encanto Pro Puerto Rico. The French bodyboarder defeated Dave Hubbard, from Hawaii, in the final heat. Watch the final highlights, here.
With solid wave riding skills, Pierre Louis Costes pulled successful air reverses and flips to be crowned the best in Puerto Rico and still be fighting for the world title.
With less than 30 seconds left in the final the Frenchman still needed a good scoring wave to win, in the hollow four to six foot conditions. A wave came his way and he gave it his all, landing two back flips in a row and getting the score.
His friends carried him on their shoulders to the presentation area where he celebrated his first Grand Slam Series win in front of the cheering crowd. "It feels amazing, it’s my first grand slam victory. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. If you don’t win you’re never happy and I finally got that feeling", said Pierre-Louis Costes.
Dave Hubbard took the Drop Knee trophy at the Encanto Pro Puerto Rico. Lilly Pollard, from Australia, defeated the world champion Isabela Sousa in the Women's final.
Amaury Lavernhe confessed he wanted Dave Hubbard to win for the rankings, but also Pierre Louis-Costes because they're good friends. Pierre Louis Costes has leapfrogged up the rankings to second place. He is only 300 points behind tour leader Jeff Hubbard.
Before she surfed in the final, Lilly Pollard from Gerringong in New South Wales Australia told current Women’s World Tour leader Eunate Aguirre, she would win the event for her.
Lilly Pollard took the Women's division. Before she surfed in the final, Pollard from Gerringong in New South Wales Australia told current Women’s World Tour leader Eunate Aguirre, she would win the event for her. A win would stop her nearest rival, other finalist and reigning world champion Brazilian Isabela Sousa, closing the gap between them in their title race.
The 2011 IBA World Tour title is going to be decided in the Canary Islands, at the Fronton Showdown. The heat is on.
Encanto Puerto Rico Pro Final:
Red: Dave Hubbard (HAW) 2nd
Yellow: Pierre Louis-Costes (FRA) 1st
Encanto Puerto Rico Pro Womens Final:
Red: Isabella Sousa (BRA) 2nd- 14.35pts
Yellow: Lilly Pollard (AUS) 1st- 18.75pts