- 25 April 2014 | Surfing
The Iberian Peninsula surfers have beaten the Canarian Island wave riders in the first battle of the Red Bull Rivals 2014, at El Confital, Las Palmas.
There's nothing better than winning on foreign waters. The Peninsulars, led by captain Gony Zubizarreta, have stolen the first battle in waves around two meters high.
The day started with the tight FreeSurfers heat, in which the Basque Indar Unanue managed to win the Canarian Antonio Marqués. The second heat got Basque Garazi Sánchez against the Canarian Adelina Taylor in the water.
The wave choice was critical, and Garazi managed to steal the first big score of the day, 8.25, after connecting several re-entries. Two more points. With the Juniors, the first barrels showed up.
Pro surfers José María Cabrera (Canary Islands) and Pablo Solar (Iberian Peninsula) featured a tight duel, but the Insular athlete won it, putting the battle into a tie (3-3).
With the clash of the Captains, Canarian Jonathan González put the scoreboard at 4-3 for the Insular Team. It was time for the Teams' heat.
The stellar moment arrived with the performance of Gony Zubizarreta, which carried out amazing maneuvers during the last five minutes and ended up with a vertiginous floater.
"I'm very happy to have won. It has been really tight until the end, and that last wave has defined it all. I had to risk to win, and it went good. It the best maneuver, the best barrel and the best wave in the event that gave us extra points to consolidate our win," explains Zubizarreta.
The second clash of the Red Bull Rivals will take place in October 2014, in the Cantabric Sea.