- 14 December 2011 | Bodyboarding
Jason Finlay has taken the 2011 Fronton Pro, in Gran Canaria. The last stage of the 2011 IBA World Tour crowned a new world bodyboarding champion, in the last heats of the year. Pierre-Louis Costes handled the pressure and reached the semifinals of the event.
Hawaiian Jeff Hubbard led led the world tour most of the year, but the Frenchman living in Portugal stormed his quarterfinal against Jared Houston with a huge barrel.
"That was the wave of my life. I will always remember that wave; I will always remember Fronton. I love this place", said Costes. Costes disappeared behind the thick lip came and out seconds later on the foam-ball with a clenched fist.
The schoolteacher from Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, with a passion for big waves was selected to be the international wildcard for the event. Jason Finlay, the man who stopped Jeff Hubbard in round four yesterday, put on a display of seamanship for the spectators as he pulled into barrels the size of two story buildings, aimed for the lips and went for airs on his way to victory in the heaviest waves ridden all year on the Men’s World Tour.
“I’m the happiest man in the world. The main goal was never to win the comp, I just wanted to do some big airs and try and mix it up with these guys. The whole comp I tried my hardest, so it paid off”, said Finlay.
Mitch Rawlins surfed the trials to get into the main event and made it all the way to the finals. Rawlins caught one of the longest barrels of the day and also pulled into by far the biggest wave of the day. Unfortunately, he was unable to find the waves he caught in previous heats and finished 1.1 points behind Finlay.